Vibrating Your Way to Better Health

By Dr. Isaac Lichy, NYC Back Chiropractic
December 3, 2013 Updated: November 30, 2013

What do Madonna, Shaquille O’Neal, Lance Armstrong, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jane Fonda, LeBron James, Claudia Schiffer, Clint Eastwood, and Karl Lagerfeld have in common?

They’ve all reported using a vibrating exercise machine known as Whole Body Vibration (WBV). Lagerfeld apparently credits the shaking platform with his dramatic weight loss.

The theory of WBV is simple—you put your whole body, or a part of it, on the platform, and it moves in a seesaw motion from side to side at approximately 30 times a second.

These very quick movements keep the body slightly off balance, forcing muscles to involuntarily react in order to keep you upright. These reactions, which happen several times a second, mean the body is contracting and releasing muscles rapidly, several times faster than would happen in a regular exercise routine. Since the vibrations get sent through the entire body, all the muscle groups are affected and the muscles are strengthened and toned without effort on the person’s part.

The Russian space program generated the idea for vibration exercise equipment. Since there is zero gravity in space, there is no resistance to work your muscles, and after prolonged stays in space, astronauts lost their muscles and bone density. To fight this, the Russians came up with vibration exercise.

Health Benefits

I have many patients who experienced great health benefits from vibration, including one female patient who was overweight and couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs due to arthritis in her knee. After using the WBV machine daily for two months, she lost 40 pounds and her knee pain has disappeared. A diabetic patient of mine had his sugar levels drop after one session and they have remained level with constant usage.

I also had an 89-year-old patient who used the machine in my office and then decided to buy one because she saw it was helping her vertigo. After she had it in her home she reported that using it has helped her balance.

Nearly everyday I see patients with back pain who experience relief from muscle spasms after vibrating for 10 minutes.

I’ve experienced its healing effects when I sprained my ankle severely. After a day in pain I went on the machine and had no pain at all after vibrating for 10 minutes.

WBV promotes fitness by allowing you to get a full body workout in less time and with less effort. You can even use the machine to massage your muscles. Because it is low impact, the machine is also kind to joints, making it suitable for all ages and abilities, from athletes to the elderly.

The vibration does the work and your body simply responds, melting away fat, relieving chronic pain, increasing bone density and joint stability, stimulating circulation and your immune system, soothing muscles, and improving overall well-being. WBV is good for all ages, lifestyles, and physical abilities.

There are of course some caveats, so if you have any health issues, make sure to consult your doctor before using a vibration machine. And the weight loss effect won’t counteract a daily visit to your local fast food joint, so combining WBV with sensible eating and a regular cardio exercise routine is definitely recommended for best results.

How It Works

Degenerative diseases, accelerated aging, and all diminished capacities can be ultimately attributed to insufficient cellular stimulation. Diseases develop and aging is accelerated when living cells have to struggle with poor nutrition, low oxygen levels, environmental toxins, and stagnation of lymphatic fluids (lymph fluids are a major part of your immune system). The vibration helps treat diseases because the shaking stretches the tendons—increasing blood flow and the amount of oxygen in your blood, giving your cells more nourishment.

Dr. Isaac Lichy at NYC Back Chiropractic recommends T-Zone vibration machines because of their quality and effectiveness. For more information call 212-534-5656 or email