Vibration Training and Your Mental Health

The following information has been taken from the book ”Spark” by John J. Ratey, MD.

Our culture has treated the mind and body as separate entities. But the study of Neuroscience is now reconnecting the two. We now know that exercise cues the building blocks of learning in the brain. Exercise has an impact within brain cells.

In a study at Duke University they discovered that patients suffering from depression showed a significant drop in symptoms of depression, equal to the effectiveness of medication, after adding exercise. Exercise actually changes brain chemistry! 6 months after the study it was found that exercise worked even better than medicine over the long term. Specifically, every fifty minutes of weekly exercise correlated to a 50% drop in the odds of being depressed.

Exercise elevates and balances levels of serotonin and dopamine which, in turn, influence mood, impulsivity, anger and aggressiveness. These are traits commonly associated with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Research has shown that the forebrain of people who don’t use their legs becomes atrophied (shrunken). The implications are wide-ranging given that the fundamental cause of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s is dying and damaged cells. The same factors that can reduce our risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes can also reduce the risk for age-related neurodegenerative disorders.

A study from Quebec’s Laval University followed 4,615 elderly men & women over 5 years. Women over 65 who reported higher levels of physical activity were 50% less likely to develop any form of dementia. In the Nurses’ Health Study which began in the 1970’s, researchers began to see effects at modest levels of about 1.5 hours a week. The brain is constantly rewiring itself and adapting – provided there’s enough stimulation to spur the growth of new connections.

Neurons are born as blank-slate stem cells and go through a development process in which they need to find something to do in order to survive. It takes about 28 days for fledgling cells to plug into a network. Most of them don’t. And so the old adage applies: if you don’t use it you lose it! If your brain isn’t actively growing, then it’s dying! But the incredibly heartening piece of news is that these crucial areas of the brain can be remodeled in just 6 months of exercise it reverses cell deterioration associated with aging.

New cells need environmental enrichment- variety - to survive. Along with standard exercise, it is important to mix in some form of activity that demands coordination. Include some skill acquisition such as balancing drills, yoga, or dance. Dance is particularly good if you move to an irregular rhythm such as Latin. So join into the latest dance craze and learn to Salsa!! Novel experiences demand more from your brain. Also, contact with other people helps you live better and longer.

How does Vibration Training fit into this? Standing on the vibration platform stimulates muscle movement in 10 minutes that is equivalent to the amount of movement in one hour of running. It has also shown to stimulate the neuromuscular transmissions up the body from the legs to the brain. We have customers who report improved balance, improved memory and getting rid of “brain fog”. And all of this with no stress to the body and taking only 10 minutes of your time. Get all these benefits with VibraFit training!