Bone Density

The potential for bone building made national headlines in August 2001 when the journal Nature published a study using sheep at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Adult sheep exposed to gentle vibrations for 20 minutes a day increased their bone density by 34% over one year. A recent study at Leuven University in Belgium, published by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research in 2003, looked at the effect of vibration on post menopausal women (those most at risk of developing osteoporosis). Significant (approximately 1%) increases in hip bone density were seen over the 6 month study. While this number is small, this is still the first therapy to show any actual increase, or reverse, of bone loss in post menopausal women. An exciting area of research would be to combine Whole Body Vibration (WBV) with the latest in nutrition and supplemental therapies, and then look at the effects then on bone density after 6 months, especially as no attention was given to these factors in the Leuven study.


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Whole Body Vibration—Mood and Energy Levels

About 90% of Vibrant Health’s clients originally complaining of poor mood and energy levels report improvements, usually within weeks of starting. Research with animals has shown an increase in serotonin levels after vibration. Serotonin, which is almost a household term these days due to the prevalence of depression and antidepressant drugs, is the neurotransmitter that makes you calm and happy. Antidepressant drugs generally increase effective serotonin levels, but they also have negative side effects. Many Vibrant Health clients are able to get off of their antidepressant medications and often report that they feel better than they did on the drugs.