The testing may find that you have undergone inappropriate metabolic changes. These changes may be due to many different causes but can be addressed by the therapies and supplements we prescribe. A slowing metabolic rate is the primary concern with those who struggle with stubborn weight. One of our therapies has been shown to increase metabolic rate by itself. This is modality is called Whole Body Vibration. While you are on this therapy we also have you on oxygen. The combination increases metabolic rate. We see patients lose weight by simply doing this one therapy.
Metabolic changes can also be due to stress and allergies. Our other modalities for these conditions would be prescribed in those instances. Often nutritional supplements can also be used to balance hormones and stimulate metabolic changes.
Whole Body Vibration
Whole Body Vibration is an innovative, safe, and effective exercise option. It is the use of a moving platform at specific frequencies and amplitudes to superimpose vibration on normal functional strengthening exercises. Like no other exercise, whole body vibration works directly through the nervous system creating a significant increase in the normal physiological responses of the body to exercise.
The vibration platform produces vertical vibrations from a side-alternating rocking movement which simulates walking. Our body reacts to this natural stimulus with an involuntary “stretch reflex” body reaction. This is the reflex that occurs when the doctor hits your knee or elbow with a reflex hammer. As a result of the rapid stretch to the muscle tendon caused by the tap of the hammer (the oscillating platform), the muscle contracts to oppose the stretch. The vibration, frequency, amplitude, and resulting acceleration create thousands of these muscle contractions in a matter of just minutes. Without being aware of it, when we are in motion our muscles are always reacting to keep us upright and balanced. This natural reaction is what’s being employed with whole body vibration. By keeping the body constantly a little out of balance, these muscles have to keep working. Every time the plate moves, your body has no choice but to respond; rebalancing you by engaging and disengaging your muscles numerous times per second. The best part is, because the reactions are so quick and involuntary, it actually feels good! The sensation is more like a massage or gentle stretching- nothing like pounding through several sets at a gym. Depending on the speed, your muscles will contract up to 30 or more times per second. Energy is safely and effectively transferred to your body, stimulating every cell, your muscles, your bones and your soft tissue. Contractions occur in nearly 100% of the muscles, in comparison to 40-50 % involvement in traditional exercise. As a result of this exceptional high number of contractions a wide array of benefits are experienced.
The science behind Vibration exercise follows several different principles: 1. The Stretch Reflex: The movement of the vibration plate simulates the body’s natural ‘stretch reflex’. Without thinking about it, your body responds with a strong involuntary muscle contraction, leading to your leg ‘kicking out’. With Whole Body Vibration technology, these strong muscle contractions can be repeated at a rapid rate. At a frequency of 6 to 30 times a second, Whole Body Vibration can produce up to 1800 muscle contractions in 1 minute. 2. Nearly 100% Muscle Recruitment: Due to its involuntary effect on muscle contraction, nearly 100% of the muscle fibers are recruited. Compare this to conventional training where there is only on average 40% muscle recruitment. This benefits the rehabilitation patient looking to add stability and strength to all muscles around their joints and to the athlete looking to maximize strength gains. 3. Increased Blood Circulation: The gentle rapid contractions of up to 3000 times per minute allow the muscle to work as a pump in introducing blood to even the smallest blood vessels. This leads to the ability of the body to carry off waste products much faster, leading to increased peripheral circulation.