Believe it or not, the concept for Whole Body Vibration (WBV) has been around since the 1800’s. Originally concepted by Gustav Zander, a Swedish physician, gymnast, and inventor, he developed over 70 different machines that used a system of springs, weights, and pulley systems that were used for therapeutic exercises. Many of his machines used vibration and he promoted his systems by travelling to World ’s fairs and founding the basis for the modern day “Health Club”.
In 1895, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (think cereal company) was the next inventor to develop and promote the use of vibration for health and wellness.
Fast forward to the 1960’s and you will see 2 significant advances in the use of vibration for therapeutic exercise, as well as, health and wellness. The first advancement came from Germany and the development of Rhythmic Neuromuscular Stimulation (RNS). RNS is the basis for whole body vibration as used today.
Shortly after the development of RNS, and thanks to the 1960’s “space race”, the Russian space program quickly moved to advance whole body vibration for good. The Russians quickly realized that being exposed to the “0 Gravity” conditions of outer space caused significant deterioration of muscle tissue and bone mineralization. It was determined that humans, in order to maintain muscle strength, bone density, and health, must live within the constant for of earth’s gravity.
As advancements in technology have progressed, research has shown that WBV can be a welcome and effective addition/alternative to traditional therapeutic exercises and rehabilitative procedures performed in a doctor’s office or any clinical setting.
For more information on WBV or how to implement WBV in your office, please go to www.VibrationPlateRehab.com