The use of vibration for health, wellness, and medicinal purposes has evolved over hundreds of years in various countries.
In Ancient Greece, a saw, covered in cotton, was used to treat parts of the body by transmitting vibration. A Swedish doctor built one of the first vibration-type machines in 1857. In the 1880s and 1890s, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, creator of corn flakes, used vibrating chairs, platforms, and bars on his patients as part of a wellness strategy. During the 1960s, East Germans attracted interest when they developed rhythmic neuromuscular stimulation and mechanical vibration for strength training purposes.
About the same time, Russian sports scientists experimented with and introduced Whole Body Vibration into the fields of medicine, ballet, and competitive sports with amazing results. In 1960, the Russians successfully dominated the Olympics, winning 103 medals, 43 of which were gold. Some believe it was due, in part, to the use of Whole Body Vibration by the athletes. Their trainers noticed that Whole Body Vibration increased flexibility and bone density, as well as strengthened muscles. It also helped prevent injuries and rehabilitate existing injuries.
Whole Body Vibration has also been used throughout the years by the Russians to counteract the negative effects of space travel on the body. The Russian scientists noticed that the use of Whole Body Vibration before and after space flights was beneficial to cosmonauts in repairing atrophied muscles and loss of bone density caused by the weightlessness in space.
All this technology, however, was never shared with the world until the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, at which time both Europeans and Asians embraced the Russians’ method of using Whole Body Vibration to help with space travel, health, and fitness.
In 1995, Cosmonaut Valery Polakov set a world record of 438 days in space aboard the Mir Space Station, while American astronauts Carl Walz and Dan Bursch returned after just 196 days, due to the negative effects of bone and muscle degeneration. The difference? Whole Body Vibration! Why? Vibration imitates gravity!
Today, the Russian Space Institute, the European Space Agency, and NASA all use Whole Body Vibration and continue to experiment with various types of vibration training systems in order to get the ultimate benefit from vibration stimulus.
Currently, Whole Body Vibration is used in sports, fitness, aesthetics, rehabilitation and medical therapies, as well as many homes. Hundreds of universities and health organizations throughout the world have published studies on the positive effects of Whole Body Vibration. This awareness is continuing to accelerate. These studies cannot be ignored as more and more people reap the benefits of Whole Body Vibration.