Power-Plate is a machine that gives the body's muscles a high-speed workout by using vibrations to stimulate them to contract and relax. They generally contract once or twice a second, but by standing on the Power-Plate; its vibrations cause an automatic reflex muscle contraction of 30-50 a second.
Engineered to activate the body's natural reflexive response to vibration, Power Plate's vibrating platform moves 25 to 50 times per second to engage muscles in a consistent, and controlled manner. (The vibrations move in three directions: up/down, forwards/backwards, and side-to-side.) As a result, Power Plate is able to accelerate training with high performance results, enabling anyone seeking greater fitness levels to achieve their maximum physical potential faster and more efficiently.
The Power Plate is said to increase circulation, improve bone density, balance, proprioception, strength, flexibility, stimulates metabolism and it does all this without load and impact to the body which makes it very safe.
Some of the many benefits of the Power Plate include:
· spinal stability
· stimulation to the nervous system
· muscle tone
· joint mobility
· better balance
· stronger bones
· quick way to get a full body warm-up
· a fun energizer!
Below you will find some more information about the Power Plate that you might find valuable.
What are some of the advantages of the Power Plate?
The high speed of vibrations against the muscles is the advantage of its use. For example, if you want to strengthen a muscle 10 times harder rather than using weights, the Power Plate can do this. If you wanted to lengthen a muscle more, the contraction and relaxation of the muscles are intensified.
What are some of the disadvantages of the Power Plate?
None really. There are contradications for use, however the vibration is strong on the body and tends to run up into the person's spine, which is sometimes unpleasant to certain people. It also can cause itching that is caused by the adrenals, which is also somewhat unpleasant.
Why should you use the Power Plate?
You should use the Power Plate if you have tight muscles or if you are in pain. You can also use it if you simply want a harder workout.
Can/should beginners use a Power Plate? Why or why not?
Yes, beginners can and should use the Power Plate. You should start by putting one body part on it first instead of putting your whole body on it. The benefits of it are tremendous, whether you are a beginner or not. Admittedly, it is a little strange at first: the buzzing in the ears, the itchy nose, and the bouncing eyes. However, all of those weird symptoms go away the more you use it.
What are the physical benefits of using the Power Plate?
Stronger muscles faster than with weights, length in the muscles faster than stretching and relaxation of the muscles much quicker. Also, relief from pain much quicker, especially if it has become chronic.
Below, you will see how one of our Power Plate connoisseurs uses the Power Plate with her clients:
I work with several clients with MS in varying degrees of severity. I have noticed that the Power Plate really makes a difference in their balance and awareness of where they are in space. It also seems to help with spasms and rigidity. I have one client who says it wakes her nerves up and she feels like her body is ignited after standing on it. It also helps to halt muscle atrophy in my other client who has lost a lot of control and sensation in her legs.
I also work with several elderly clients who say it helps them feel more relaxed and grounded. It is also very good for their bone density. I think the involuntary posture and balance control will really aid them in fall prevention as well.
I also use it on my clients with plantar fasciitis. I have them stand and focus their weight into their heels to release the pull on the triceps surae complex.
My healthy clients like to use it almost as a massage machine. The vibrations really help to relieve muscle soreness and knots and are a good way to end the session to avoid next day soreness.
In general I don’t use it with every client and never more than 10 minutes a session. I am not an expert on it by any means but I have noticed it helps with certain clients.
I never have any of my clients do any supine abdominal work on it I mostly do the standing poses or the stretches. I am also very careful to position them so that the vibration stays out of their heads (as much as possible). Adjusting the angle of the torso on squats and lunges will change the emphasis of the vibrations.
I know Adrienne and Debbie do much more dynamic workouts with their clients on the Power Plate. I use it more as a therapeutic addition to my sessions.
Here are a few interesting articles I found online:http://asbweb.org/conferences/2013/abstracts/10.pdf