Are you wondering how to improve osteoporosis without medication? Patients all over the globe are seeking a non-pharmaceutical way to increase bone density, and Whole Body Vibration therapy could be a good fit.
In some cases, patients are concerned with side effects of prescription drugs, specifically, spontaneous destruction of the jaw with use of osteoporosis medication. Others have already tried taking calcium supplements, weight training, increasing consumption of leafy greens, and avoiding coffee, tea or soda. Even with these measures, your bone density or osteoporosis has either not improved or has gotten worse.
What is Whole Body Vibration Therapy?
Whole Body Vibration (WBV) treatment involves a mechanical vibrating plate upon which an individual stands. When the plate is adjusted to the right frequency, simply standing on it will cause the body’s postural muscles to contract anywhere from 30 to 50 times per second. To improve osteoporosis, 30 Hertz has been shown to get the best results.
The CLEAR Scoliosis Institute also recommends Whole Body Vibration therapy as part of our scoliosis treatments. Vibration therapy is provided during a typical treatment session for scoliosis because it can alleviate neck and back pain as it improves your spine’s flexibility.
How Does It Work?
As the body ever so slightly shifts back and forth, the muscles must contract and relax with each shift. In just 20 minutes, muscles get a tremendous workout, resulting in increased strength, stability, and tone. Blood flow also increases throughout the body, and joints become stronger and more flexible.
In addition, studies have shown that levels of cortisol, also called the “stress hormone,” decrease during Whole Body Vibration therapy. At the same time, levels of growth hormone and testosterone, which are important for regeneration and repair processes, actually increase. NFL players, professional soccer players and professional rugby players commonly use WBV prior to competing to take advantage of this increase in body performance.
Vibration Therapy Benefits
Many patients suffering from osteoporosis have also had knee surgery, hip replacements, spinal surgery and spinal vertebrae compression fractures. Because WBV is a passive modality, these patients may tolerate therapy better than active exercise. Passive modalities do not require any work by the patient, and in the case of WBV, they only need to be able to stand for short periods of time. Research has shown that 20 minutes of Whole Body Vibration three times a week can improve bone density—and even increase body muscle mass!
No matter where you live, WBV has incredible potential to be an accessible, drug-free alternative to osteoporosis prevention, management and improvement. What would you like to know about Whole Body Vibration for osteoporosis? Have you tried vibration therapy for your scoliosis?
This post was submitted by Dr. J. Hartley of Florida’s Hartley Chiropractic & Scoliosis Center. Dr. Hartley has been CLEAR-certified since 2015 and offers both Standard Treatment and Intensive Care in addition to Whole Body Vibration therapy.