The Russian cosmonauts first investigated vibrating platforms as a way of maintaining bone & muscle mass while in outer space. Despite the fact that much of their initial research was never published, the positive benefits of this innovative new treatment soon attracted attention in Europe for its benefits in enhancing fitness & strength training. Soon vibrating platforms were appearing in health gyms & recreational centers. Scientists in the United States soon began evaluating vibration for its therapeutic benefits, and while initial research was promising, there was no cohesion amongst the results. Some studies reported excellent improvements, some none, and some even found negative effects! In reviewing these conflicting results, researchers soon noticed that in all of the experiment on vibration, there was a great deal of variability in the frequency and the amplitude (intensity) of the vibration between experiments.
Scientific studies were soon conducted that pinpointed the ideal “windows” of frequencies, leading to additional research on amplitude, duration, and the method of vibration. CLEAR Institute has collected over 800 pages of research on vibration therapy to-date, and the body of literature continues to grow and expand every year!
We first began using vibration therapy as a way of retraining the brain’s control over the muscles more effectively. When you stand upon the Vibe, your postural muscles have to make multiple, rapid adjustments – as many as 50 times per second to adapt to the stimuli and balance accordingly. For this reason, exercises & spinal rehabilitation performed upon the Vibe can be as much as 3 times more effective than if they were done alone!
A vibration is like a wave, repeated over and over again. Scientists quantify this wave through its frequency (the number of waves per second, measured in Hertz) and its amplitude (which is the size of the wave) – just like a radio receiver captures radio waves based upon their amplitude (AM) or frequency (FM). These two factors also determine the effect of vibration upon the body. Different tissues in the body will respond to different frequencies. For instance, research has shown that the collagen which makes up the cartilage of your joints and the discs between the bones of the spine responds to a slow pulse of 4 Hertz (four pulses per second). The muscles respond to a much faster frequency – 10 times faster, in fact! Meanwhile, the ideal frequency window for stimulating bone growth is 30 Hertz – which happens to be the exact frequency of the Vibe!