Washington DC: Whole body vibration could easily replace regular exercise. Meghan E McGee Lawrence, a scientist of Augusta University, US, asserts that research on mice shows that even though whole body vibration did not address the defects in bone mass of obese mice, but it did have significant impact on the global bone formation. It suggests long term treatment could prevent bone loss.
The study was conducted on 5 week old obese male mice. Their 12 week program consisted of 20 minutes of WBV at 32 MHz with .5g acceleration each day. They were weighed each week. It was found that though obese mice on WBV gained less weight as against those on sedentary group, they remained heavier than normal ones. WBV enhanced muscle mass and insulin sensitivity.
Whole body vibration or WBV primarily consists of a person sitting, standing or lying on a vibrating platform. The vibrations transmit energy to the body and as a result, the muscles expand and contract several times during each second imitating brisk walk. This could be especially beneficial for persons with disability who are obese or have diabetes and are unable to do regular exercise like walking.
Scientists believe that the results need to be thoroughly conducted on humans before the process can be applied on them.