Power Plate Integrated Care

Seattle Power Plate Fitness Studio

Whole Body Vibration Technology

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What is Power Plate and How is It Used in Chiropractic Therapy?

Power Plate is a piece of exercise and physical therapy equipment that sends waves of vibration between 25 and 50 Hz in intensity throughout the body. The vibration is low frequency and low amplitude, allowing short, safe mechanical stimulation of muscles. The device is used for specific sorts of therapies and training routines, often known as “vibration therapy”, “Whole Body Vibration” or “WBV”, “vibration training”, or Acceleration Training. Power Plate devices – which resemble something like a large doctor’s scale – have recently been approved as certified medical devices in the European Union. Worldwide, the devices are used in gyms, physical therapy routines, athletic training and recovery, and more recently in chiropractors’ clinics.  Devices similar to Power Plate (and associated exercise techniques) were first utilized by Soviet cosmonauts in the mid-twentieth century in order to counteract accelerated bone and muscle degeneration caused by low gravity space missions.

Is Power Plate Safe and Effective?

Yes. Power Plate is supported by a wide variety of medical practitioners, athletes, and patients world wide.  Power Plate is a remarkably safe device with a proven track record of success. Testimonials attest to Power Plate’s unique capacity to yield effective physical therapy, sports injury rehabilitation, and athletic training results. The credibility of the device is further bolstered by the fact that Power Plate International Limited – Power Plate’s manufacturer – is a certified European medical device manufacturer, and numerous studies support the technology that Power Plate uses. Peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, the Journal of Exercise Science, the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the International Journal of Sports Medicine, as well as poster and panel presentations at the annual American College of Sports Medicine conference support the techniques and technology associated with Power Plate. Further studies published in journals such as the Medical Science Monitor, Maturitas, and The European Journal of Obesity indicate the usefulness of Whole Body Vibration for general health promotion, including improved blood flow, better weight loss maintenance when combined with a healthy diet, reduction of cellulite, better flexibility, and better maintenance of lean body mass after menopause in women.

Additional studies published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary MedicineBMC Geriatrics, Deutsche Zeitschrift fur Sport-Medicine (translated: German Journal of Sports Medicine), the Journal of Gerontology: Medical SciencesGait & Posture, Age & Aging, the International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, the International Journal of Sports Medicine, the British Journal of Sports MedicineRestorative Neurology and NeuroscienceActa Physiologica, the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, and The Physician and Sports Medicine have found that Whole Body Vibration promotes the following rehabilitative and physiotherapeutic benefits:

  • Improvement of pain management
  • Reduction of fatigue
  • Improved balance and mobility in the elderly
  • Improved ligament strength after ACL surgery
  • Significant increase in muscle mass and strength in older men
  • Improved posture
  • Improved cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Improved bone formation and resorption
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Improved knee stability
  • Reduction in quadriceps spasticity in individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
  • Improved walking function in individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
  • Reduced arterial stiffness
  • Better speed of movement and knee-extension strength in older women
  • Improved breathing

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So, How Does Power Plate Work and How Can it Benefit Me?

When using Power Plate to complete various exercises, Power Plate activates between 25 to 50 muscle contractions per second. This process occurs because the vibrations created by Power Plate naturally trigger minute muscle reflexes as a response to what the brain perceives as a disruption of stability. As such, the entire process involving Power Plate is completely subconscious, and requires no extra effort other than learning the exercises that your medical practitioner advises you to use. Power Plate comes in a variety of models that are intended to facilitate an assortment of exercises and physical therapy techniques. Your Seattle chiropractor or physical therapist will guide you through a variety of techniques designed by doctors to address your specific condition. Though getting used to Power Plate might take a few minutes, the Power Plate experience is easy, pain free, and relatively easy to adapt to. Sessions working with Power Plate tend to take between 15 and 30 minutes. Exercises revolving around Power Plate tend not to be very strenuous, and can generally be completed by any mobile individual. The intensity of the vibrations emitted by Power Plate can be modulated using a series of removable mats, in order to ensure the user’s comfort. Additionally, add-on accessories such as resistance hand straps, push-up bars, and a variety of support cushions can be used to expand the range of possible exercises that can be completed when using a Power Plate device.

An additional benefit to Power Plate is that though it can be worked into a more comprehensive exercise routine, Power Plate exercise and stretching alone generally requires no extra preparation or change of clothes. In almost every circumstance, changing out of your everyday clothing is unnecessary. However, if you wish to use Power Plate as part of a more intense cardio routine, that is certainly a possibility. Many fitness enthusiasts and professional athletes benefit from using Power Plate as part of an intense workout.”

What is Power Plate Useful For?

Power Plate is useful for facilitating and enhancing:

  • Treatment of chronic lower back pain
  • Reduction of muscle weakness
  • Treatment of osteoperosis
  • Promoting explosive strength gains
  • Improvement of balance
  • Improved release of hormones
  • Improvement of circulation
  • Improved muscle performance
  • Treatment of tendonitis
  • Reduction of spinal-related pain
  • Post-injury and surgical rehabilitation
  • Geriatric and longevity treatments
  • Massage Therapy
  • Arthritis relief
  • Lumbar spinal alignment
  • Alleviation of carpal tunnel symptoms
  • Scoliosis treatment
  • Promotion of better gait
  • Cerebral palsy therapies
  • Muscular sclerosis therapies
  • Parkinson’s therapies
  • Athletic strength and endurance training
  • Sports injury rehabilitation and prevention
  • Improved lymphatic flow
  • Improved muscular control
  • Reduction of cellulite appearance and volume
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Acceleration of weight loss
  • Improvement of reflexes

Where can I experience Power Plate in Seattle?

Fremont Spine and Wellness is Seattle’s premier chiropractic center offering Power Plate as a unique part of it’s treatment process.  To experience Power Plate and the powerful therapeutic uses for soft tissue, muscular, and skeletal injury and recovery, contact us today for an appointment or consultation!