Vibration Training & Multiple Sclerosis

Vibration Training has benefits for MS sufferers

A vibration training pilot study has revealed a potential to improve strength, flexibility and coordination of people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Power Plate International and the MS Society ran a study with 10 people who were all assessed at the start to provide a baseline and then again 8 weeks later.

They investigated how the Power Plate, a vibration platform, could improve muscle power, strength and coordination, mobility and functional reach.

It used the MS Impact Scale (MSIS) and Pain Effects Scale (PES) to help assess the effect on quality of life.

Although only a small study, the results showed 8 out of 10 progressed enough to increase the intensity of vibration and exercise for a longer period of time.

2 of the 10 could complete all the tests at the start of the study

10 out of 10 completing the final assessments.

Arm and leg power improved or remained the same in 7 of 10.

9 of 10 improved strength and coordination testes.

6 of 10 improved mobility scores

9 of 10 improved their MSIS score

6 of 10 either improved or maintained their PES score.

NOTE: I have read many studies on vibration training and although it has been shown to be VERY effective in the rehabilitation field, and will aid in the recovery of muscle there is NO evidence to suggest it aids weight loss or more importantly fat loss.

This conclusion is aslo supported by my own observations –  Gym staff and PT’s are now giving standard weight training and other resistance exercises to clients while standing, squating or lunging on the vibration platforms.  Claims of 10 minutes on a Power Plate is the equivalent workout to hours in the gym or studio are not accurate. Certainly the members I see using them and the many clients I have that bought their own units – have not been transformed in mere minutes a day!!  I fear as with most ‘at home’ and ‘miracle’ gismos they are destined for the dusty, spare room and eBay.

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