Whole-body vibration vs. Low-intensity Vibration
Whole-body vibration (WBV) machines are can be seriously damaging to those with bone conditions like osteoporosis. Here’s why Low-intensity Vibration (LiV) is safe and effective for preventing osteoporosis.
How is LiV different to WBV?
Low-intensity Vibration (LiV) provides a precise, low acceleration, low-level vibration (0.4g) which is transmitted at a high frequency (30Hz) to the person standing on the device. This type of vibration mimics the small high-frequency contractions exerted by muscles onto the bone. It is safe to use at home and provides a suitable therapy for the elderly and frail or people recovering from illness or injury.
Whole-body vibration (WBV) exerts a high acceleration, high-level vibration of well over 1g. WBV carries a high potential risk, has many contraindications and is best for people who are fit, active and healthy and can tolerate extreme forces and accelerations. These WBV signals are well beyond that considered safe by OSHA or ISO.
LiV is medically approved to prevent osteoporosis is a medical device that’s considered to be safe to use at home. It’s proven to be effective for users of any age, from children to those aged over 100.
WBV carries a high potential risk, has many contraindications and is best for people who are fit, active and healthy and can tolerate extreme forces and accelerations. These WBV signals are well beyond that considered safe by OSHA or ISO.
Human tolerance limits for vibration
The Low-intensity Vibration signal provided by Marodyne LiV is categorised as safe by the International Safety Organisation (ISO) for daily use of up to 4 hours.
LiV has proven benefits at substantially lower levels. Scientific evidence has demonstrated that just 10 minutes per day is effective at preventing osteoporosis and improving musculoskeletal health.
The above graph is from ISO 2631 Mechanical vibration and shock evaluation of human exposure to whole-body vibration, and highlights the potential dangers of WBV when compared to the gentle and safe LiV.
WBV won’t treat osteoporosis, it could make your condition – and your health – a whole lot worse. Take the gentle approach and only use Marodyne LiV.