Why Vibration Exercise Therapy Deserves a Spot in Your Chiropractic Practice

In the last several years, vibration exercise has received a lot of buzz. And it appears there are plenty of reasons for the hype. Our research tells us using vibration exercise equipment will help strengthen bone tissue, stimulate lymphatic drainage, and help build muscle all without putting a great deal of stress on the body. This makes it a great choice for arthritis sufferers and senior citizens, along with any other patients who find conventional exercise difficult.

For the chiropractor, adding a vibration exercise unit to his in-office therapies may make sense because of its relatively affordable cost and the ability to bill for the therapy provided. Because it’s so easy to use, increased patient compliance is also likely. If you already have a nutrition and diet program, a vibration exercise machine would be a good fit.

Choosing the right machine will depend upon your objectives. There are two main styles of equipment tri-planar platform and machines with an oscillating platform.

The tri-planar machines create an up and down, side to side and front to back movement all at the same time. These machines are generally more costly than their oscillating counterparts, and are great at building muscle. They are also more effective at increasing bone density, because they put a bigger load on the muscle groups. This form of vibration therapy would be an ideal addition to a rehab protocol.

The second type of vibration machine has an oscillating platform that tilts back and forth. Think of a see-saw, a child’s playground favorite, and you get the idea. The oscillating movement engages the fast twitch muscles in the waist, back, hip and legs and revs up the muscles’ fat burning capabilities. This machine is ideal for those patients seeking weight loss.

Both styles of equipment stimulate circulation and the lymphatic system. Good commercial oscillation-style vibration machines are available for as little as $2000, while quality tri-planar machines will generally range from $4000 to $10,000.

Whatever style of machine is right for your practice, look for high-quality construction, machines rated for commercial or professional use and ones that carry a substantial warranty. Avoid machines with cheap plastic parts, as they won’t hold up to continual use. Fortunately the internet makes it easy to compare machine prices, and find user reviews.

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