Power Plate Whole Body Vibration Training Can Be A Critical Tool In Mitigating The Progression Of Cognitive Decline
Dementia is a condition affecting over 55 million people worldwide, with over 10 million new cases diagnosed each year. Most, if not all, people have a relationship with someone who suffers from dementia. We are always looking for ways to keep our bodies and minds as healthy as possible, including different therapies and preventative treatments. Power Plate was recently used in a study to determine the effects of Whole Body Vibration (WBV) on cognitive impairment.
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is defined as the boundary between memory loss and impairment and is typically regarded as a preclinical stage of dementia. This study, completed at the Miyagi Koseikyokai Izumi Hospital in Sendai, Japan, sought to determine if WBV could enhance cognitive function.
The study compared regional cerebral blood flow ratio before and after a four-week long exercise program conducted using the Power Plate pro5. Exercises were conducted for 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off the pro5 for approximately 20 minutes at a frequency of 35-40Hz with a low amplitude. Results of the study conclude that Power Plate and WBV can be a tool in slowing cognitive decline.
Power Plate’s Executive Vice President of Health and Wellness, Zak Lerner, notes the significance of the study by saying:
“Research of this kind reflects a sincere increase in attention to the effects of Whole Body Vibration (WBV) on not only the body, but also the brain. The conclusions of this study demonstrate Power Plate as a promising new adjunct therapy for reducing the cognitive decline that coincides with the progression of vascular dementia. Concurrently, Power Plate's well-documented neurological, musculoskeletal, and metabolic outcomes also make it a relevant tool in mitigating many of the age-related conditions and risk factors that coincide with such a diagnosis.”
To read an extended summary of the study, click here.