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1 The secret to healthy physique Medical evidence supporting whole body vibration Trier, Januar 2010 bestvibe-systems, Heidi Mendra, St.-Mergener-Str. 14, D Trier,

2 Content Health around the globe Introduction to whole body vibration (WBV) Overview of effects Specific applications and target groups -Physically inactive -Elderly -Diabetes patients Further positive effects physionic Conclusion bestvibe-systems, Heidi Mendra, St.-Mergener-Str. 14, D Trier,

3 The lifestyle characteristics in developed countries lead to increasing health problems Health around the globe Characteristics of modern lifestyle Lack of physical activity Lack of time, increasing stress Excess nutrition, overweight Globally monitored health impacts Cardiovascular disease is mortality cause No. 1 Overweight and diabetes increase dramatically Quality of life suffers continuously (lack of mobility, lack of motivation) bestvibe-systems, Heidi Mendra, St.-Mergener-Str. 14, D Trier,

4 Whole body vibration is a modern form of physical activity or therapy which increases health and quality of life Introduction to whole body vibration Whole body vibration combines the health-conscious idea of prevention with the medical notion of healing With the right concept, whole body vibration generates vibrations which are aligned with the natural muscle vibrations with regard to frequency and amplitude. The positive effect works on the entire muscular system from the outside reaching even lower muscular layers which cannot be addressed directly with other forms of training Utilizing the method of whole body vibration means imitating natural movements without employing a stimulation current or chemical substances. It is based on transmitting mechanical vibrations to the neuromuscular system 1) and is applied successfully for years in prevention, therapy, rehabilitation and regeneration Concept How it works Benefits 1) Australian Catholic University, Centre of Physical Activity, Aug. 2009

5 Several positive effects of whole body vibration have already been clinically proven – research is just beginning Overview of WBV effects Increase in bone density Effects of whole body vibration Stimulation of lower muscular layers Changes in hormone release (e.g. more growth hormones, less cortisol 1 ) Brain stimulationEnhanced body coordination Increase in blood circulation Increase in muscle strength and en- durance without straining the joints 1) Cortisol = stress hormone, decrease in Cortisol reduces stress bestvibe-systems, Heidi Mendra, St.-Mergener-Str. 14, D Trier,

6 Especially for physically inactive people whole body vibration presents an excellent opportunity to regain a healthy physique Effects on physically inactive people 1) APPLICATIONS Why whole body vibration? WBV allows an easy re-entry to physical activity due to low exposure of the joints WBV fosters muscle strength and endurance WBV increases training efficiency and enforces training continuity due to release of endorphins (runners high) General health effects Extend life span Improve quality of life Prevent cardiovascular disease Increase bone strength Ease arthritis Reduce thromboembolic stroke Fight depression American Heart Association Harvard Medical School 1) American Heart Associaton, Aug – Institute for medical physics, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Oct. 2009, Shriner's hospital for Children, Montreal, Oct – University Leuven, Division of Musculosceletal Rehabilitation, Jul. 2009

7 Elderly people benefit from whole body vibration training in many ways – quality of life significantly increased Effects on elderly people 1) APPLICATIONS Health problems of elderly people Specific benefits of whole body vibration General decrease in physical activity Reduced mobility, increased fall-risk 2) Osteoporosis, risk of severe fractures Smooth increase in muscle strength Enhanced body coordination by balancing on vibrating platform Increased bone density 1) Institute for medical physics, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Oct. 2009, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Aug – Centre for Muscle and Bone Research, Charité Berlin, Jun – University Leuven, Division of Musculosceletal Rehabilitation, Jul ) University of Sydney, Human Performance Laboratory, Jul. 2009

8 Lifestyle induced diabetes mellitus 2 can be effectively reduced by whole body vibration Whole body vibration for diabetes patients APPLICATIONS Diabetes IIWhole body vibration Lack of physical activity Immobility / overweight Body cells react less sensitive to sugar reducing insulin Pancreas needs to produce more and more insulin Increased physical activity causes higher sensitivity of body cells to sugar reducing insulin 1) Pancreas is relieved, external insulin supply gradually is dispensable Insulin needs to be injected subcutaneously when pancreas is overstrained Whole body vibration dedicately tackles diabetes problems by reverting its causes 1) American Heart Association, Aug. 2007, expert interviews

9 Medical research constantly discovers further positive effects of whole body vibration (1) Further positive side effects - medical Stress / well beingReduction of cortisol (stress hormone) Release of endorphins (happiness hormones, comparable to runners high) Parkinsons disease Alzheimers disease 1) Brain stimulation due to asymmetric vibration technique 2) Anti-agingRelease of growth hormones 3) 1) Department of Internal Medicine, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Oct ) Requires specific vibration technique (e.g. physionic from SwissPhysio) 3) University Jean-Monnet, Staint-Etienne, Dec APPLICATIONS

10 Medical research constantly discovers further positive effects of whole body vibration (2) Further positive side effects - fitness APPLICATIONS Rehabilitation / post accident treatment Reduced muscle atrophy 1) Increased walking ability and cadence 2) Strongly reduced training time due to mechanically induced muscle contractions Training effectiveness 1) Center for muscle and bone research, University of Berlin, Oct ) University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Aug – Institute for Biomedical research, Manchester, Sep ) Department of Health, University of Mississippi, Nov 2009, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Cologne, Dec Significant improvement with regard to explosive strength expression 3) Extreme athletes training Asymmetric vibration technique simulates REM phase and causes re-booting of vital system Revitalization

11 Amplitude Superior whole body vibration requires appropriate vibration technology, frequency and amplitude Characteristics of physionic physionic is the technologically most advanced device for the application of whole body vibration Multidimensional vibration Frequency physionic imitates natural movements by applying asymmetric- multidimensional vibration in a unique way physionic – unlike other vibration platforms –covers all frequencies from 15 Hz (relaxation) to 35 Hz (pain relief, power workout)

12 Exercise is the key to health – physionic training may be your key to sustainable exercise A friendly reminder: Increased physical activity is associated with 50-70% reduction in premature mortality! 1) Your quality of life is undisputedly enhanced using whole body vibration Regularly used, physionic will be your key to healthy physique! 1) Kokkinos P, Myers J, Kokkinos JP, Pittaras A, Narayan P, Manolis A, Karasik P, Greenberg M, Papademetriou V, Singh S: Exercise capacity and mortality in black and white men. Circulation. 2008;117:


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