First used in the space program to offset the loss of bone strength and muscle mass as a result of minimal gravitational forces, and then in the health industry to reduce the effects of osteoporosis, Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is now widely used in physical therapy and rehabilitation for many conditions and injuries, and as a way to improve fitness in the competing athlete. Vertical vibration improves circulation and increases the oxygen uptake in muscles, helping alleviate pain and inflammation in soft tissue injuries and accelerating hoof growth.
Vibration also maintains bone integrity and density when a horse has little or no exercise. All of these factors is why The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center offers the Vertical Vibration Plate as one of its many therapy options to offer its clients.
It is important to understand that the body is made to absorb vertical forces that are encountered in walking, running and jumping. Shearing or horizontal forces are not as absorbed and can result in injury to muscle, ligament and joint capsule injuries.
Vertical Vibration Therapy helps:
- Increase bone mineral density for stronger bone
Increase muscle mass and strength
Relieve sore strained muscles
Increase “explosive strength”, flexibility and range of motion
Increase energy levels and decrease body toxins
Improve circulation and oxygen uptake in tissue to speed healing
Alleviate pain and inflammation
Improve lymphatic system functions
Decrease cellulitis and lymphangitis
Increase circulation in the hoof to manage:
under run heels
poor hoof growth
Warm up before competitions without sapping energy
Encourage relaxation for jittery or nervous performers