Vibration Therapy for Osteoporosis

Vibration therapy may offer a natural intervention to promote bone growth by providing a unique mechanical stimulation on bones through rapidly repeated skeletal muscle contractions.

By nature, our body systems constantly replace bone cells by breaking down old ones and generating new ones. When more bone cells are broken down than the new ones generated for replacement, bone loss issues arise. The bones will become very porous and brittle, leading to a higher risk of fracture.

Aging, lack of physical activity, certain medical conditions, medical procedures, and medications can contribute to bone loss. Once it develops, it is very challenging to reverse.

normal bone compared with osteoporosis bone

According to recent statistics from the Department of Health & Human Services, approximately 10 million Americans aged 50 and older experience serious bone loss, known as osteoporosis, with a majority of these cases occurring in women. Additionally, over 43 million more Americans have low bone density (osteopenia), putting them at risk for further development of osteoporosis.

Bone loss often begins unnoticed until a fracture occurs. People with osteoporosis have higher risk of femoral neck fracture and lumbar compression fracture.

Hormones and physical exercises are usually employed for the prevention and treatment of bone loss.

Vibration therapy may offer a natural approach to prevent and treat bone loss.

in this article
  • Skeletal Muscle Contraction Promotes Quality Bone Growth
  • Vibration-induced Muscle Contractions May Make a Difference
  • Research and Clinical Trials
  • Vibration Training Exercise Poses
  • Vibration Frequency, Amplitude and Exercise Routine
  • Bone Density vs Bone Quality
  • Osteoporosis Treatment Research Incentive Program - $100 cash reward

Skeletal Muscle Contraction Promotes Quality Bone Growth

bone tissue

Bones are living tissues. To maintain bone strength, our bodies need to constantly break down old bone cells and generate new ones for replacement.

In our younger years, our body systems can effectively generate enough new bone cells to replace the broken-down ones. Scientists estimate that we replace all our bone cells every 5 to 6 years.

As we age, this process slows down. While our bodies continue to break down old bone cells, the generation of new ones for replacement decreases, leading to a loss of bone density. This situation becomes more serious if we lack physical exercise.

Your bones will deteriorate, if you don't actively use them.

Certain medical conditions and medications can also impair the bone cell generation process.

Mechanical stimulation is essential for maintaining bone health. It is a natural intervention that promotes our body systems to produce more bone cells.

strength training for bone densityAs recognized by mainstream science, mechanical interactions between skeletal muscles and the connected bones are inherent to bone integrity. When achieving a certain magnitude, mechanical stimulation on bones can effectively promote bone growth.

It is a well approved concept that high-intensity resistance training are beneficial for increasing bone density in adults. Muscle strength training, like weight-bearing exercise, is more effective than other forms of physical exercise for promoting bone growth.

The force that the skeletal muscle contraction creates is the optimal mechanical stimulation for bone health. In muscle strength training, the contraction force can achieve the necessary magnitude to signal our body systems to produce growth hormone and influence stem cell differentiation for bone cell generation.

Vibration-induced Muscle Contractions May Make a Difference

A vibration plate can be used to induce rapidly repeated skeletal muscle contractions, producing a dynamic pulling force on the connected bones. This force may effectively and efficiently serve as the mechanical stimulation for bone growth.

The vibration movement induces skeletal muscle contractions through our instinctual muscle stretch reflex response

Vibration Exercise for bone growth

Vibration-induced skeletal muscle contraction has unique characteristics.

Skeletal muscle contraction is usually voluntary, commanded by the brain. Vibration-induced skeletal muscle contraction, on the other hand, is involuntary. It responds to vibration frequency in a rapidly repeated movement pattern.

The rapidly repeated skeletal muscle contractions make muscle exercises more efficient. Due to the vibration G-force, the dynamic pulling force from muscle contractions produces pulsed intensive mechanical stimulation to the connected bones.

Vibration-induced skeletal muscle contraction can efficiently and effectively stimulate bone growth, providing a unique form of stimulation not achievable through regular muscle strength training exercises.

The efficiency and effectiveness come from the two distinctive parameters of vibration movement: frequency and acceleration (G-force).

Attributes Cause Outcome
Rapidly repeated contraction Vibration frequency Efficiency
High magnitude stimulation Vibration acceleration (G‑force) Effectiveness

Physical exercise on a vertical vibration plate allows you to achieve high-magnitude mechanical stimulation on muscles and bones with less effort and stress compared to achieving the same magnitude using regular muscle strength training. This makes vibration therapy more practical for seniors and individuals with physical weakness to improve their muscle strength and bone density.

To achieve the most effective transfer of vibration from the vibration plate to skeletal muscles, the frequency should be set to achieve a resonance effect. Depending on the muscle group, the frequency that maximizes vibration transfer from the vibration plate to muscle tissues is typically around 30Hz.

Research and Clinical Trials

Most research projects on using vibration intervention to treat osteoporosis are literature reviews. Some small-scale clinical trials have been conducted to study the efficacy of using vibration vibration plate to treat bone loss. There are some quantitative supports from randomized, controlled clinical trials that BMD (bone mineral density) increase is associated with using a vibration plate.

However, due to limited resources (funding), current clinical trials are constrained in their designs and scales. Most clinical trials were not adequately designed and completed, and they did not yield consistent results on the efficacy of vibration therapy in improving bone density.

On the other hand, there are many variables that can affect the trial outcomes, like movement pattern, frequency, amplitude, exercise poses and session time etc. In order to achieve a meaningful conclusion, many more repetitive trials are needed to test each variables and their combinations.

For example, a clinical trial may concludes a vibration plate that offers 0.5mm amplitude does not help with bone growth. However, the test of a vibration plate that offers 2mm amplitude is left out.

There is no scientifically approved recommendation for vibration frequency, amplitude and exercise routine.

Scientific studies are behind. However, countless vibration plate users and practitioners reported positive results using vibration plate for bone density improvement.

Vibration Training Poses

Our musculoskeletal system are designed mainly to overcome gravity, among other roles. Therefore, vertical movement vibration plate, like a linear vibration plate, is more effective for muscle training and inducing muscle contractions.

The following exercise poses work well on a linear vibration plate.

Training Pose Purpose
Squat exercise most lower limb muscles, mainly targeting muscles around knee joints
L-squat exercise most lower limb muscles, effective for training muscles around hip joints
Deadlift exercise lower back muscles

Vertebrae and femoral necks are the most vulnerable bones for osteoporosis-related fractures. Performing L-squat and deadlift on a linear vibration plate can enhance muscles around these bones and stimulate bone growth. Enhanced muscles also provide better support to the vertebrae and femoral necks.

L-squat introduces vibration to the muscles around the hips, inducing muscle contractions that generate mechanical stimulation on the femoral neck.
Deadlift introduces vibration to the lower back muscles, inducing muscle contractions that produce mechanical stimulation on the lower vertebrae. It is recommended to hold a pair of dumbbells during the deadlift exercise

When performed on a linear vibration plate, L-squat is a very effective exercise for gluteal muscles and thigh muscles.

Vibration Frequency, Amplitude and Exercise Routine

There is no scientifically approved recommendation in terms of what frequency, amplitude and exercise routine are more effective for bone health.

The widely accepted opinion is that 30Hz is the most effective vibration frequency for treating osteoporosis. In fact, due to the resonance and damping effect of skeletal muscles, the frequency range between 30Hz and 35Hz would provide the most intense skeletal muscle contraction experience. Most users of linear vibration perceive such an experience within this frequency range.

Vibration amplitude should be enough to effectively induce skeletal muscle contractions. Amplitude range from 0.7mm to 3mm would satisfy this need.

An evenly spread, consistent exercise routine is recommended. Many users of linear vibration plates perform vibration training for 5 to 10 minutes per day or every other day.

For beginners, it is recommended to start with lower frequency, amplitude, and shorter exercise time. As you adapt to the vibration, you can gradually increase the frequency, amplitude to your desired level, and extend the exercise time.

Be patient, persistent and observant!

Bone Density vs Bone Quality

Bone density usually mean Bone Mineral Density (BMD), which is a measure of the amount of mineralized bone tissue in a certain volume of bone. Because BMD can be measured using x-ray, it is used as a critical indicator of bone health and is often used to assess the risk of fractures. However, it doesn't provide a complete picture of bone quality.

Bone quality encompasses various factors beyond BMD, including bone architecture, composition, microstructure, and the presence of microcracks. These factors contribute to the overall strength and resilience of bones.

It's possible for someone to have high BMD but still have bones of lower quality. For example, certain conditions or medications may affect the mineralization process, leading to bones that are denser but more brittle. Additionally, the microarchitecture of bones, which is not fully captured by BMD measurements, plays a crucial role in bone strength.

Individuals with well-structured, dense bones may have higher bone quality compared to those with merely high BMD.

Naturally grown bone, stimulated by the force of muscle contraction during activities like muscle strength training, tends to have higher quality.

The rapidly repeated, pulsed intensive muscle contractions induced by vibration may more effectively promote the growth of high-quality bones.

Osteoporosis Treatment Research Incentive Program - $100 Cash Reward

Vibration Therapeutic® LLC sponsors a research incentive program for the study of using vibration therapy to treat osteoporosis.

Each participant will get $100 cash reward. Click here for the program details ↝

People aged 50 and above should consider daily vibration training as a preventive measure or treatment for osteoporosis. While vibration training is a light-duty exercise, it may be more effective for maintaining healthy muscles and bones.

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