What are the benefits of the “Power Plate”?
The “Power Plate” has been getting a lot of attention the past few years and now can be seen in health clubs, studios, rehab clinics and even homes. It seems like a cool piece of equipment, but what are the benefits of vibration?
The vibration technology was first used by astronauts to combat muscle and bone loss caused by extended stays with no gravity and now it has been transferred into the “Power Plate” which can be used for everyday life.
Below are just some of the benefits of the “Power Plate” vibrations:
- The vibrations used in a “Power Plate” increase your muscle contractions which then can increase strength, flexibility, range of motion, bone mineral density, decrease pain/soreness and cause faster recovery.
- Vibrations can stimulate bone growth and in return cause stronger bones.
- Vibrations also stimulate the muscle-pump-effect, which causes an increase in blood flow to transport oxygen, carbon dioxide, nutrients, lactic acid and wastes in the body.
- Since the vibrations increase circulation and oxygenated blood flow it leads to a decrease in toxins in the body- causing a reduction in cellulite appearance.
- The “Power Plate” machine creates instability of the body by causing reflexive muscle contractions multiple times per second causing improved force production, strength and power.
- The whole body vibrations can help decrease pain in people diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
- Training on a “Power Plate” after knee surgery can increase the stability of the knee by contracting the knee flexor and extensor muscle groups at the same time.
If you are interested in the “Power Plate” you can consult a certified “Power Plate” trainer at your health club, or if you have an injury or medical reason to use the “Power Plate” you should schedule an appointment with your physician who can help to direct you to a certified trainer or physical therapist for the most appropriate program.
The author of this article is Lorin Schaecterle, MPT from NovaCare- Loop Clinic.