… back pains are widespread in Vienna (as well as the rest of Austria. 20.7% of both men and women complained of back pains in 1999. Every 11th man and every 9th woman in the range between 15 and 29 years of age suffers from back pains.” Urbas, E.; Klimont, J. “Chronic Diseases in Vienna". Source: City of Vienna, 2004.
Concerted WBV training is an effective way to treat exactly this, and it has the added benefit of serving as a preventive therapy for osteoporosis.
The rocking and sideways movements of the instrument emulate natural walking movements and the instrument thus trains muscular functions as well as coordination of the muscles.
Particularly suitable for elderly people, the WBV is an important preventive measure against falls and resulting improvements in the supporting function warrant effective protection against bone fractures. WBV also exercises the cardiovascular system and thus has the additional advantages of lowering blood pressure and stimulating metabolism.
The vibrations happen at a low frequency which is not dangerous for the body and thus do not have any unwanted side effects.
At the Institut Wolkenstein you will be accompanied by trained personnel at every session
Areas of Application
- General muscular deficiency eg. back pains due to insufficient physical exercise
- Back and leg exercise incl. arches of feet
- Stiffness of the locomotor musculature
- Exercise of the pelvic floor, restitution gymnastics, stress-related incontinence
- Blood circulation problems and reduced walking ability
- Loss of muscular mass and power e.g. post-cast or other temporary immobility
- Improving muscle strength and coordination
- Increasing bone density
Whole Body Vibration training has been scientifically researched:
Effects of whole body vibration training on postural control in older individuals: A 1 year randomized controlled trial.
Bogaerts A, Verschueren S, Delecluse C, Claessens AL, Boonen S. Division of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Tervuursevest 101, 3001 Leuven, Belgium. Summary: This randomized controlled trial investigated the effects of a 12 month whole body vibration training program on postural control in healthy older adults. Two hundred and twenty people were randomly assigned to a whole body vibration group (n=94), a fitness group (n=60) or a control group (n=66). The whole body vibration and fitness groups trained three times a week for 1 year. Whole body vibration training was associated with reduced falls frequency on a moving platform when vision was disturbed. Thus, whole body vibration training may improve some aspects of postural control in community dwelling older individuals.
Effect of 6-month whole body vibration training on hip density, muscle strength, and postural control in postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled pilot study.
Bogaerts A, Verschueren S, Delecluse C, Claessens AL, Boonen S. Division of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Tervuursevest 101, 3001 Leuven, Belgium. Summary: The hip bone density of the seventy volunteering women (age, 58-70 years) was measured prior to the study. The volunteers were randomly assigned to a whole body vibration training group (WBV, n = 25), a resistance training group (RES, n = 22), or a control group (CON, n = 23). The WBV group and the RES group trained three times weekly for 24 weeks. Vibration training significantly increased BMD of the hip +0.93%. No vibration-related side effects were observed.