Power Plate® Whole Body Vibration Can Reduce Risk of Hypertension

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In the most recent issue of Journal of Human Hypertension Arturo Figueroa, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor at Florida State University, published research linking whole body vibration to lowered blood pressure and decreased risk of heart attack and stroke. Using Power Plate® advanced whole body vibration equipment, research showed significantly decreased arterial stiffness among postmenopausal women with hypertension and pre-hypertension.

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The study suggests whole body vibration may specifically decrease cardiovascular risk in postmenopausal women by decreasing the stiffness of arteries. By contrast, conventional exercise has been shown to improve the strength and endurance of the heart, however, research demonstrates it may not affect arterial stiffness to a significant degree.

Heart attack and stroke, both of which are direct consequences of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, are the two leading causes of death in the developed world. As arteries lose their flexibility, they do not move as they should to accommodate blood flow, raising blood pressure, making the heart work harder, and increasing the likelihood that an individual will have a life-threatening cardiac incident.

Until a decade ago, most research revolved around decreasing the stiffness of arteries with pharmaceutical interventions. In 2005, however, researchers in Japan found that reflexive muscular engagement through whole body vibration exercise significantly increased blood flow and oxygenation. Three years later, a different group of Japanese researchers found that using Power Plate acutely decreased arterial stiffness among males in their mid-twenties. And in 2011, Dr. Figueroa and his Florida State research team showed a decrease in arterial stiffness in young obese/overweight females using Power Plate, a group that differed from previous study groups in that they are often not able to engage in conventional exercise.

Long recognized as the world leader in whole body vibration platforms, Power Plate uses a patented tri-planar vibrating motion to maximize reflexive muscle engagement and increase safety. The vibrating Power Plate platform triggers 30 to 50 reflexive muscle contractions per second throughout the user’s body. As the body works to regain stability, up to 95 percent of all muscle fibers become engaged in any single movement, significantly amplifying the effectiveness of any exercise performed on the plate. A body’s natural response to vibration and destabilization has been scientifically linked not only to lowered blood pressure and improved circulation, but also to a wide range of other health benefits, from enhanced flexibility and balance to reduced pain. Research also shows that whole body vibration stimulates the body’s natural production of the regenerative growth hormone that maintains tissue repair, muscle growth, brain function, energy and metabolism throughout life.

Push Pedal Pull(P3), local exercise equipment expert, is now carrying Power Plate vibration machines. This product will be added to their current vibration training product line 3G Cardio.

For additional information, visit http://www.powerplate.com.

Power Plate is owned, manufactured and distributed by Northbrook, Ill.-based Performance Health Systems LLC, a global company that delivers advanced technology solutions through its health and wellness equipment. In addition to its category-defining Power Plate line, the company has attracted international attention for bioDensity, an osteogenic loading system which provides a non-pharmaceutical approach to bone loss and has been scientifically linked to dramatic bone growth among populations ranging from high-performance athletes to health-compromised seniors.

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Laura Capes Terry
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