Vibration Training and Circulation

“Arterial stiffness acutely decreases after whole-body vibration in humans."  – Faculty of Health & Welfare, St. Catherine University, Matsuyama, Japan. – Background: Increased arterial stiffness is a well-established cardiovascular risk factor. WBV mechanically stimulates abdominal and leg arteries and may decrease arterial stiffness. WBV is feasible in vulnerable and immobilized humans. These results suggest that WBV acutely decreases arterial stiffness.

The Circulatory System

On average your body has 5 litres of blood travelling through it via the circulatory system. The circulatory system is composed of three parts: pulmonary (lungs), coronary (heart) and the rest of the system (systemic).

Systemic circulation supplies nourishment to all of the tissue located throughout your body, with the exception of the heart and lungs because they have their own systems.

The blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries) are responsible for the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissue. Oxygen-rich blood enters the blood vessels through the heart’s main artery called the aorta. The forceful contraction of the heart’s left ventricle forces the blood into the aorta which then branches into many smaller arteries which run throughout the body. The inside layer of an artery is very smooth, allowing the blood to flow quickly. The outside layer of an artery is very strong, allowing the blood to flow forcefully. The oxygen-rich blood then enters the capillaries where the oxygen and nutrients are released

In systemic circulation, blood passes through the kidneys which remove much of the waste from the blood. Blood also passes through the small intestine and collects in the portal vein which passes through the liver. The liver then filters sugars from the blood, storing them for later.

Circulatory Disorders

Circulatory disorders are quite common in middle-aged and elderly people. Hypertension is one of the disorders sometimes caused by plaque deposits along the walls of the arteries, causing them to harden and constrict. Because the arteries are constricted, the great force of blood against the walls of the blood vessels causes the blood pressure to rise. Hardening of the arteries is another consequence because the arteries narrow due to these same fatty deposits. Buergers disease, common to those who smoke, is a chronic inflammation of the veins and arteries in the lower extremities. Raynauds disease is marked by constriction and spasm of the blood vessels in the extremities, the fingers, toes and tip of the nose. Left untreated this can lead to gangrene. Varicose Veins can develop because of a loss of elasticity and strength in the walls of the veins causing poor circulation.

Circulatory problems are very prevalent in this age of bad food, little if any exercise and higher stress levels.

How Vibration Training can Help

The VibraFit Therapy Trainer can address all of these problems. Vibration Training is what is known as “passive cardio-vascular exercise”. When the muscles are stimulated by the brain in this “muscle reflex response”, the heart is called upon to produce more blood flow in order to supply the muscles with the oxygen that they need to do their work.

In a study done at the St. Catherine University, Matsuyama, Japan it was reported that the results suggest that Vibration Training acutely decreases arterial stiffness by stimulating lower torso and leg arteries. It also strengthens the arteries so that they can contain the pressure of the blood passing through. Improved circulation has been observed into even the finest vessels at the tips of the fingers and toes.

Also, several herbs have shown to be very effective in assisting circulation. Cayenne is one that has been used for hundreds of years. Used internally it stimulates the heart, regulating the blood flow and strengthening the arteries and capillaries. Hot herbs such as cayenne have been shown to raise your metabolic rate by as much as 25% assisting in weight loss.

Ginkgo Biloba is another all-round circulation booster. It is most widely know for its ability to improve memory due to its ability to increase blood flow through the brain. In Germany physicians use it to treat varicose veins.

Stretching is very important to circulation by increasing blood flow to the muscles. Try doing these simple exercises on the VibraFit Trainer. Stand on the Trainer at a lower speed and hanging onto the handle bars. Lift one foot to the front of you and flex at the ankle, trying to bend the entire foot up towards you. Then extend your foot at the ankle trying to make a flat surface from the front of your lower leg to your toes. Repeat on the other side. Then raise yourself up on your toes as high as you can, then relax and allow your heels to slowly touch down again.

These are all muscle toning exercises and should be held for six seconds, relaxed for six seconds and then repeated thirty times in total. If that is too much for you, simply do as many repetitions as you can and do your best to do one more next time. Wear good fitting shoes that have good arch support in them. Remember: sitting is still the worst thing you can do for leg circulation!