Whole Body Vibration Therapy (WBVT) may have some benefits for treating certain conditions, such as muscle weakness, muscle soreness and pain, or bone loss. It may also be helpful for older people who are unable to exercise regularly. More research is needed to assess its potential benefits, including whether or not it can increase bone density.
When vibrations are transmitted to the body, they cause muscles to contract and relax. Certain types of vibrations may also cause the body to produce more osteoblasts (These are cells that produce bone).
There are two main types of vibration therapy:
whole-body and localized.
During whole-body vibration therapy, your therapist will ask you to stand, sit, or lay on a machine supported by a vibrating platform. During localized vibration therapy, your therapist will place a hand-held vibrating device on certain parts of your body.