May 16, 2013

Good Vibrations for Leg Circulation

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good_vibrationsAlthough it sounds a little hocus pocus, whole body vibration (WBV) has been around since the late 1800s. It uses low amplitude, low frequency vibrations to stimulate the muscles to improve strength, power, and flexibility. A new study published in European Journal of Applied Physiology says WBV may enhance leg circulation in T2D.  

The study involved 40 people in a 12-week WBV program, evaluating the effects on leg blood flow and body composition . Of the participants, 20 had T2D and 20 were controls without diabetes.

The  body composition and blood flow were reassessed in the participants at the start of the study, and again after 12 weeks.

The T2D group , after WBV treatments, has significant increases in blood flow, compared to the non-diabetic group Also, significant decreases were observed in the T2D group, after WBV treatments, with regard to weight, waist circumference, and body fat. The control group did not experience these benefits.

Don’t laugh at the findings of this study. WBV training can be considered an effective means to increase leg blood flow and to reduce body fat composition in people with T2D. It’s a legit therapy for personal trainers, physical therapy, and defying the damages imposed on our body due to gravity.

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