Accelerated Vibration Training (AVT) has been found in many studies to help elderly people stay independent by improving their strength, reflexes and balance. It can also help those who have had a serious decline in the above-mentioned areas make noticeable improvements.
According to a 2003 article in the American College of Rheumatology co-authored by O. Bruyere, vibration therapy can significantly improve walking and balance in the elderly.
In the study by Bruyere & Co. of senior citizens using vibration training, there was a 77 percent improvement in equilibrium, 57 percent improvement in walking, 39 percent improvement in time required to get up and go, 23 percent improvement in general health and a 41 percent decrease in pain.
As if those aren’t big enough improvements, here’s the kicker: Elderly people using vibration training showed a 143 percent improvement in overall physical function.
How is this possible? And why haven’t we heard more about it.
Let’s answer the second question first.
Although vibration training is an age-old concept, it’s only recently come back into the main stream with the production of several popular vibration trainers in recent years.
One of the best machines for Accelerated Vibration Training (AVT) available on the market today for price and performance is the new 2012 3G Cardio 5.0 Accelerated Vibration Training Plate and 3G Cardio 6.0 Accelerated Vibration Training Plate.
How do these machines work? And, more specifically, how can they help the elderly regain independence they oftentimes thought was lost forever?
Accelerated Vibration Training (AVT) stimulates reflex activity and neural pathways that have been dormant, along with improving overall muscle strength.
Studies show that the vibrations not only strengthen and awaken the body, they re-teach the body coordination to perform tasks. The added strength and re-engaged pathways in the nervous system give the body the chance to literally turn back time in many cases.
“Fast and easy exercises three times a week could improve the quality of life, the balance and motor capacity in elderly patients,” Bruyere concluded of vibration training.