Reuters Health is reporting an article in the journal Current Sports Medicine Reports in which researchers detail the evidence for and against so-called whole body vibration training. WBV involves standing on a platform that sends mild vibratory impulses through the feet and into the rest of the body.
These vibrations activate muscle fibers more efficiently, it is claimed, than conscious contraction of muscles during regular exercise. WBV is often touted as a way to improve muscle power, jump higher or sprint faster.
The tactic is also being studied for its therapeutic potential, such as increasing older women’s bone mass.
There is some good evidence to back up WBV, at least in the elderly. However, I agree with the researchers that more research is needed. People with conditions such as heart disease or high blood pressure should avoid WBV until safety concerns are better addressed.