Are you looking for a new way to whittle away the pounds and get an exercise benefit at the same time? Chiropractor Dr. Peter Osborne with Town Center Wellness in Sugar Land shares an interesting way to accomplish this, that is popular among astronauts. "Whole vibration was developed by the Russian Space Program.
One of the problems we have with astronauts is when they go up into space, there's no gravity, so they lose a lot of bone density and muscle density. When they come home after six months of being on the space station, they've got to rehab their muscles and rehab their bones, so the space program developed this therapy to help with that.
It works remarkably well, but it was just discovered that it also has a lot of therapeutic benefits in rehab as well," says Dr. Osborne. He's referring to conditions like osteoporosis and obesity, which can make weight-bearing exercise difficult, because it often hurts the patient's joints.
"Using a table, machine, or platform that is a whole body vibration platform is going to give them a low impact work out, that is almost as effective, or just as effective, as a regular workout. There are a lot of exercises that can be done on these platforms, that will help to build muscle, help to increase bone density, but above and beyond that, the machines have shown the ability to get blood and lymphatic circulation into their tissues. Overall, we see increased endorphin release, so someone might have improved mood or demeanor and behavior, as a result of using these machines," says Dr. Osborne.
He says it's not the magical weight loss machine, but calls it an effective tool to use against obesity. "We have my patients do it 3-5 times a week and see a 10-pound weight loss in a 6 week period. It increases muscular tone and increases muscular strength. A lot of my patients end up buying a machine, Dr. Osborne explains. For more information visit the Town Center Wellness site.