Vibration therapy began in 1857 by a Swedish doctor, Gustav Zander. He built 70 different exercise inventions, some of which were a type of Vibration Exercise machine. He constructed several devices which enabled constant and regular movement of individual parts of the human body, as well as certain devices that replaced the manual massage. He gained international fame by exhibiting his devices at the International Exhibitions in Brussels and Philadelphia in 1876 and in Paris in 1878. Several of Zanders medico-mechanical institutes were established around the world and they were all named after him. There were two hundred and two Zanders Institutes in 1911 when his success and fame reached its peak.
Gustav Zanders theories and experiments inspired Russian scientists to develope a way to decrease the effects of micro-gravity on cosmonauts and to enhance the performance of the Russian Ballet and Olympic competitors. Russian scientists discovered that cosmonauts that spent extended amounts of time in space experienced significant loss in bone density and muscle tissue due to the lack of gravity. With using the equipment, the Russian space team was able to spend a record of 420 days in space. In comparison, the Americans, who trained with traditional workout equipment, have only stayed 120 days because their bones and muscles started to give out.
The person using the equipment merely gets onto a platform. They can stand, sit, lay down, or even focus the platform on certain body parts. This platform creates a vibration, which is sent through the body. In reflex the muscles contract. This causes tendons to stretch, and increases blood flow and improving blood oxygenation. This strengthens and tones them without effort on the person’s part. Since the vibrations get sent through the entire body, all the muscle groups are affected. Ultimately, the makers of the equipment claim that it will help increase range of motion, coordination, posture, bone density, and even decreases cortisol, the stress hormone. They also claim that anyone can use the equipment whether they are young or old, skinny or overweight, a seasoned athlete or beginning exerciser.
Inactivity leads to muscle deterioration, muscle weakness and poor circulation which can make it increasingly difficult to take up any activity that may improve this condition. The vibration platform is the ideal tool for those individuals looking to start a new fitness regime but who have not worked out in along period of time.
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