Power Plate® training leads to a significant increase in hip area bone density (1.5%), as well as an increase in muscle strength and postural control in postmenopausal and postural control in postmenopausal women.
These research findings present an exciting solution for an ever-worsening problem in our aging population: osteoporosis, loss of postural control and balance, bone fractures from falls often resulting in difficult and incomplete recovery. As the average age of the Western world’s population increases, we are faced with an increasing epidemic of osteoporosis. Each year, millions of people suffer from fractures due to early bone loss. One in three women and one in eight men will suffer from osteoporosis this year. In the U.S., 2.8 million people (80% of whom are women) suffer from bone loss; one million have been diagnosed, while 1.8 million aren’t even aware that they are suffering from reduced bone mineral density (BMD).
Initial studies on Power Plate® training showed increases in strength in test subjects. Whole body vibration was shown to cause the body’s muscles to contract subconsciously at 30 to 50 times per second, which can bring about a powerful training effect even while simply standing on the plate.
The 90 participants–postmenopausal women ranging in age from 58 to 70–were divided into three research groups.
- The whole body vibration group trained three times per week on Power Plate, for no more than 30 minutes per session. They performed static and dynamic exercises for the upper leg and hip area, such as squats (one of the movements that allows you to sit down in a chair) and lunges.
- The conventional weight training group trained three times per week, for about one hour per session, including a separate warm-up and cool-down.
- The control group did no training at all.