Power Plate®: High Tech Healthcare

About the Power Plate®

Whole body vibration was first used by the cosmonauts (Russian space program) to combat muscle and bone loss caused by extended stays in zero gravity. Today, Power Plate® has continued developing the technology to create products and training programs that deliver legendary performance for professional sports teams, medical facilities, health clubs, studios and individuals around the globe.

As the world's leader in whole body vibration technology, people of all ages and physical abilities trust Power Plate® to bring their bodies into harmony--the place where optimal performance, health, and wellness are all in balance and working together. In fact, Power Plate® has been linked to a wide range of health and wellness benefits, from strength, balance, flexibility, and weight loss to improved circulation, pain reduction, detoxification, stress alleviation, and even reduction in the appearance of cellulite.

Read more >

Along with delivering great performance for individuals and fitness facilities, doctors in nearly 100 countries use Power Plate® to help their patients live life to the fullest. Decades of research have shown that whole body vibration can effectively treat symptoms of conditions ranging from multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and cystic fibrosis, to diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and locomotive syndromes brought about by aging.

The vibration technology behind Power Plate® machines has proven benefits to complement many clinical applications for the following indications:

  • Increased bone mineral density
  • Decreased pain
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Increased muscle tone and strength
  • Positive stimulation of neurological system
  • Increased flexibility and mobility
  • Enhanced balance and coordination
  • Improved well-being
  • Recovery and regeneration of damaged tissue
  • Increase of growth hormones
  • Stress reduction by means of improved hormone levels

Due to these significant health benefits, Power Plate® exercise has gained acceptance from major medical, rehabilitation, and therapeutic centers around the world. The biomechanical aspects of vibration are widely used in the medical field for the treatment of certain injuries and the positive outcomes of illnesses. Under certified trainer supervision, the vibration technology behind Power Plate® machines allows clients with debilitating conditions such as

  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Obesity

to improve their autonomy and daily living without exceeding their tolerance for exertion or pain during exercise. Power Plate® machines are the perfect complement to many medical specialties.

Power Plate® Science

  • Improved synchronization of the impulses
  • Improved co-contraction of the synergists
  • Inhibition of antagonists
  • Increased recruitment of motor units
  • Increased size of motor units

Additionally, the vibration technology behind Power Plate® machines enhances motor unit recruitment and synchronization, resulting in an increased force production and efficiency of movement. Power Plate® creates 25-50 vibrations per second, forcing the body’s kinetic chain to respond each and every time, requiring stabilization, coordination, strength and power. Individuals can produce up to 95% of their voluntary force potential while performing safe and possibly pain free movements.

These positive outcomes are made possible by the Power Plate® equipment’s stimulation of the body’s natural reflex arc allowing sensory motor function to be created and developed at an unconscious level. The multi-dimensional vibration creates perfect proprioceptive stimulation reciprocal to the demand of gravity on earth without excessive loads being placed on the musculoskeletal system. For more information on the science behind the Power Plate® technology, click here to read the latest research studies.

Rehab and Chronic Pain

The vibration technology behind Power Plate® machines has demonstrated dramatic benefits to patients in rehabilitation and in management of chronic pain. Rehabilitation specialists, chiropractors, orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals will find Power Plate® machines a valuable tool in patient care. Healthcare professionals have reported improvements in the following areas from the use of Power Plate® machines and whole body vibration:

  • Decreased overall and specific pain
  • Quicker recovery of damaged muscles and tendons
  • Faster recovery post stroke/CVA
  • Improved blood circulation and lymphatic return
  • Accelerated recovery of the tissues after ACL reconstruction
  • Improved neural plasticity in spinal cord injury
  • Improved sensory motor function in spinal cord injury
  • Reduced pain in patients with Fibromyalgia
  • Improved mood and activity levels in patients with Fibromyalgia

Neuromuscular Rehab

The vibrations caused by Power Plate® machines provoke changes in the muscle, which stimulate sensory receptors, most likely muscle spindles, eliciting the “tonic vibration reflex.” During operation, Power Plate® equipment’s recruitment threshold of the motor units is lower compared to the threshold during voluntary contractions. More importantly, involuntary contractions occur in response to the vibration. Therefore, patients with limited mobility can benefit as much as more agile patients. Healthcare professionals have successfully used the vibration technology behind Power Plate® devices to manage a variety of disease states, including:

  • Idiopathic peripheral neuropathy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Baby Boomer Wellness

The whole body vibration technology behind Power Plate® machines is appropriate for the treatment of various ailments afflicting an aging population, addressing conditions ranging from debilitating illness to cosmetic issues. Based on Advanced Vibration Technology™ Power Plate® machines’ benefits have been reported by health care professionals in the following areas specific to the expanding geriatric population:

  • Improvement of metabolic function
  • Increase of muscle mass
  • Cellulite reduction
  • Increase in bone mineral density
  • Improved muscular tone and stability
  • Improved balance and injury prevention

In our patient population, we are noticing an increase in strength, balance, endurance, ability to stand and walk better and quicker by using the Power Plate®.
— Dr. Terence Braden, Medical Director, HealthSouthRehabHospital, Jonesboro, AR

For more information on LivingFit Rx and our exercise protocols,
click here or contact Debi Teeple at (317) 288-9065