What is the risk of no-exercise?
Many people find it challenging to exercise regularly. So they do not exercise. This contributes to stress, obesity, and diabetes and increase the risk of bone fractures. Physical activity is very important as it can help decrease these risks and reduce the negative metabolic effects of each condition.
What is Whole Body Vibration (WBV) good for?
We know from animals about the natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. A dog will shake itself after a stress-situation. Zebras is shaking while drinking water. Cats are relaxing and shaking on the sun. Animals continue to use this evolutionary defense mechanism against stress. Reflexive muscle vibrations generally make a soothing feeling for the mind. This was reported by many people who tried TRE® (Tension, Stress & Trauma Release Exercise to remove tension from the body).
Can Whole Body Vibration help against diabetes and obesity?
But a recent mice study at Augusta University, shows for the first time that it can even help against morbid diseases like diabetes and obesity. Researches used a machine with a vibrating platform to create whole-body-vibration (which consists of an individual sitting, standing or lying on the platform). When the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to the body, and muscles contract and relax multiple times during each second. Two groups of mice were examined, a healthy group of mice and one group of mice that were genetically unresponsive to the hormone leptin (which promotes feelings of fullness after eating). Mice from each group were assigned to sedentary (= no exercise), whole body vibration or treadmill exercise conditions for 12 weeks.
The mice in the whole body vibration group underwent 20 minutes of whole body vibration at a frequency of 32 Hertz with 0.5 g (gravity force) acceleration each day.
Mice in the treadmill group walked for 45 minutes daily at a slight incline.
The third group did not exercise.
Results showed that obese mice gained less weight after exercise or whole body vibration than obese mice in the sedentary group.
Exercise or whole body vibration also increased muscle and bone mass and insulin sensitivity in the genetically
obese mice (but did not significantly affect healthy mice).
These findings suggest that whole body vibration may be a useful supplemental therapy for diabetes and other disorders that are directly associated with physical passivity. It could decrease the use of drugs and maybe replace some of such drugs.
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