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Whole Body Vibration can help treat osteoporosis November 07 2014, 0 Comments

Osteoporosis is a bone disorder that is typically associated with women after they have gone through menopause. In osteoporosis the mineral density (BMD) is reduced and the amount and types of proteins in bone are altered. The common conceptual understanding is that the bones become “brittle” and there is an increased risk of fractures.

This loss of bone mass can be detected with simple testing by taking a x-ray of the wrist, measure the bone density and then compare it to a normal film. This gives a percentage ratio of comparative loss.

Osteoporosis is most common in women after the menopause, when it is called “postmenopausal osteoporosis”, but may also develop in elderly men, or it may occur in anyone in the presence of certain hormonal disorders, some chronic diseases or even as a result of some medications, Because osteoporosis contributes to the risk of fracture, it may significantly affect life expectancy and even affect the quality of life.

Currently the standard treatment of choice is a combination of medication in conjunction with weight-bearing exercise. The reasoning behind this thinking is that increasing the workload onto the bone stimulates bone growth. The more the bone gets stimulated, the more mineral will lay down into the bone mass. The difficulty in this approach is that many patients are not exercise savvy, nor do they have the time to engage every day into an exercise program long enough to produce the changes necessary.

Recently much research has pointed to Whole Body Vibration (WBV) as being the number one non-pharmaceutical treatment of choice for osteoporosis! Over the last forty years numerous research studies have been published that indicate the positive effect of this therapy on bone growth and re-mineralization of bone. Vibrating simply means that a platform is moving rapidly up and down. Thus simply standing on a vibrating platform with straight legs loads the bones with the patients full body weight with every upward movement of the platform! If the platform vibrates somewhere around 20-50Hz, that means it moves up and down 20-50 times per second, loading the bones with the patients full body weight with every stroke!! You can se that it would be very hard to duplicate this by lifting weights!