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“Chest wall vibration in turn, has been used to enhance pulmonary hemodynamics and O2 saturation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”23
Brain wave entrainment

The lower frequencies used for lymphatic massage and muscle relaxation also fall in the brainwave range (5-18 Hz Beta, Alpha and Theta).  Since the motor used to drive a vibrating platform can, under the right circumstances, also create an electromagnetic pulses equal to the physical pulses.  As an example, a 7.8 Hz physical vibration will also create a powerful 7.8 Hz electromagnetic frequency (Schumann resonance) and can induce in the client Alpha waves (typically associated with relaxation.)  In this way while simultaneously relaxing the body of the client (4-15 Hz), a practitioner can simultaneously:

* Put the client into a meditative space (4-8 hertz/Theta).
* Relax the client into a calm but ready state (8-12 hertz/Alpha).
* Focus the client into an active decision-making state (12-15 hertz/Beta).

Other benefits
Many other benefits have also been noted in the literature including improvements in scleroderma and migraines24, glaucoma, improved vision (1.5 to 2 diatribes)25, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, M.S., cellulite, and joint mobility26. Adhesions caused by scar tissue have also been effectively treated27.  Vibratory stimulation combined with a substantial effort was shown to elicit movement in neuromuscular patient who were unable to contract their paretic muscles28.  Last, but not least, a significant increase in the plasma concentration of testosterone and growth hormone, whereas cortisol was decreased.29

BMS and hyperthermia therapy

Hyperthermic (sweating) therapies have been shown to be far more effective when a patient exercises before the application of heat.  Often with hyperthermia therapy, niacin is also given to create a histamine reaction, which increases membrane permeability thus allowing toxins stored in the fat and connective tissues faster egress into the sweat and out of the body.

BMS given before hyperthermic therapies makes hyperthermic therapies more effective at detoxification.  This is because BMS will both exercise the body passively, and if applied properly, induce histamine release. At frequencies above 20 hertz, BMS will, after a sufficient amount of time, stimulate histamine release globally in the body when a patient is supine.
Working with the body

Many of the body’s organs have the ability to rid themselves of irritants and toxins.  They do this with the only means available to them, namely exaggerations of their native activity.  The stomach for example has a natural churning motion that helps mix the food with digestive juices.  When the stomach is irritated, this churning in the extreme results in emesis thereby ridding the stomach of the offending substance. Likewise the intestines have a natural peristaltic action that passes food down the digestive tract.  When the intestines are irritated, this peristaltic activity is amplified and the resulting diarrhea rids the intestines of their irritants.  Lungs and sinuses respond to irritants with coughing and sneezing, which can be seen as simply an exaggerated form of breathing.  When the irritant is at the cell level such as an infection, the cells increase their activity as well.  We recognize this metabolic increase as fever.

Medicine has learned from the body and has biological and mechanical ways to mimic these detoxifying reactions.  In the case of certain poisonings, emetics are given, mimicking the stomachs natural course of action.  When a person is choking, the Heimlich maneuver is applied which is in truth an externally forced cough.  While not in practice now, (and in fact actively suppressed with drugs) doctors of old would induce fevers in patients with blankets, both baths certain herbs and saunas to help speed the course of an infection.

Muscles also have a way to flush out toxins.  It is called tremor.  The muscles themselves are always in motion whether we see it or not, even when we are at rest.  This motion assists with the movement of blood and lymph and gives us the gentle oscillation that allows for proprioceptive awareness. In the same way as any organ, when muscles are irritated, they respond with an exaggeration of the only activities they know, namely contraction and relaxation.  This tremor increases the rate at which blood and lymph flow through the muscles and helps to carry away irritants and bring in needed nutrients.

As such, it is useful to consider tremor as the muscle’s way of coughing or sneezing out an irritant. Taken from this perspective, BMS, as an externally applied tremor is in many ways, the Heimlich maneuver for the muscles.

When you see tremor in pathology, as yourself.  Could it be an attempt to remove an irritant? As in the case of shivering, could the tremors be an attempt to locally increase metabolism in poorly functioning tissue?  Might is be an attempt to increase circulation? How might the tremor we are witnessing be beneficial in this circumstance? This may help explain, (along with the ability of BMS to accelerate nerve growth), why diseases that present with tremors (e.g. M.S., Parkinson’s etc.) are helped by applying more tremor.  It may be that the tremors in some diseases are not part of the pathology, so much as the body’s attempt to heal itself. Perhaps using drugs to reduce tremors in certain diseases is as potentially counterproductive as giving drugs to lower fevers during the course of non-life threatening infections.  Would we be wiser in some circumstances to ally ourselves with the body’s tremor response, reinforcing it externally rather than suppressing it?

Conclusions
BMS possesses a wide spectrum of benefits both physiological and psychological.  These benefits include increases in strength, bone density, balance, flexibility, coordination, neural function, growth hormone and detoxification ability.  It also includes the suppression of pain, the decreasing of cortisol and reduction of psychological stress.  Many of these benefits are understood in the context of tremor, some are understood as a form of exercise, and some are unique to BMS itself.

Footnotes:

1. Lund, E.M., Armstrong, P.J., Kirk, C.A., Kolar, L.M., Klausner, J.S., (1999), Health status and population characteristics of dogs and cats examined at private veterinary practices in the United States, Journal of the American Veterinary Association, 214, (9), 1336-1341.

2. Toombs JP, Wallace LJ, Bjorling DE, Rowland GN. Evaluation of Key’s hypothesis in the feline tibia: An experimental model for augmented bone healing studies, American Journal of Veterinary Research, 46: 513-518, 1985.

3. Elizabeth von Muggenthaler The Felid Purr: A healing mechanism? Fauna Commun. Res. Inst. Dec 2001.

4 & 6. C. Turner, (1998). Three rules for bone adaptation to mechanical stimulation. Bone 23:399-407.

5. C. Rubin, G Xu, S. Judex. (2001). The anabolic activity of bone tissue, suppressed by disuse is normalized by brief exposure to extremely low magnitude mechanical stimuli. Faseb J; 15:2225-2229.

7. C. Ruben, L. Lanyon. (1984). Regulation of bone formation by applied dynamic modes. J Bone Joint Surg 66-A:397-402.

8. V.B. Issurin, G. Tenenbaum (1999). Acute and residual effects of vibratory stimulation on explosive strength in elite and amateur athletes. Journal of Sports Sciences,. 17, 177.

9. C. Delecluse, M. Roelants, S. Verschueren (2003). Strength Increase after Whole-Body Vibration Compared with Resistance Training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

10. C. Bosco, M. Cardinale, R. Colli, J. Tihanyi, S.P. von Duvillard, A. Viru. The influence of Whole Body Vibration on the Mechanical Behaviour of Skeletal Muscle. Correspondence Societa Stampa Sportiva.

11. D. Skelton, J. Kennedy, Rutherford (2002). Explosive Power and Asymmetry in Leg Muscle function in Frequent Fallers and Non-fallers aged over 65. Age Aging 31:119-125.

12. F. Hauk (1995). Revolution in a Box. p. 12, Interview 2.

13. J. Rittweger, G. Beller, D. Felsenberg (2000). Acute physiological effects of exhaustive whole-body vibration exercise in men. Clinical Physiology. 20, 2, 134.

14. Jorn Rittweger, Hans Schiessl, Dieter Felsenberg (2001). Oxygen uptake during whole-body vibration exercise: comparison with squatting as a slow voluntary movement. Eur J Appl Physio 86: p. 170.

15. F. Hauk (1995). Revolution in a Box. Interview 2, p. 11.

16. Jorn Rittweger, Marcus Mutschelknauss, and Dieter Felsenberg (2003). Acute changes in neuromuscular excitability after exhaustive whole body vibration exercise as compared to exhaustion by squatting exercise. Clinical Physiology & Function Im 23, p. 82.

17. M. Roelants, C. Delcluse, S. Verschueren (2003). Strength Increase after Whole-Body Vibration Compared with Resistance Training. Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, p. 1037.

18. F. Hauk. Revolution in a Box. (1995). P. 14 Interview 2.

19. S. Torvinen, P. Kannus, H. Sievanen, T.A.H. Jarvinen, M. Pasanen, S. Kontulainen, T. Jarvinen, M. Jarvinen, P. Oja, I. Vuori (April, 2002). Effect of four-month vertical whole-body vibration on performance and balance Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. 1526.

20. C. Bosco, M. Cardinale, O. Tsarpele, E. Locatelli (1999). New trends in training science: The use of vibrations for enhancing performance. New studies in Athletics.

21. J. Rittweger, G. Beller, D. Felsenberg (2000). Acute physiological effects of exhaustive whole-body vibration exercise in men Clinical Physiology. 20, 2, p. 141.

22. O. Bruyere, M.A. Wuidart, et al. (October 23-28, 2003): Presentation: Controlled whole body vibrations improve health related quality of life in elderly patients. Orlando FL: American College of Rheumatology: 203 meeting: Abstract 1271.

23. H. Nakayama, M. Shibuya, N. Kaneko, M. Yamada, H. Suzuki, M. Arakawa, I. Homma, (1998): Benefit of in-phase chest wall vibration on the pulmonary hemodynamics in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Respirology 3:235-240.

24. F. Hauk (1995). Revolution in a Box. p. 2, Interview 2.

25. F. Hauk (1995). Revolution in a Box. p. 3, Interview 2.

26. F. Hauk (1995). Revolution in a Box. p. 10, Interview 2.

27. F. Hauk (1995). Revolution in a Box. p. 12, Interview 2.

28. V.B. Issurin, G. Tenenbaum (1999). Acute and residual effects of vibratory stimulation on explosive strength in elite and amateur athletes Journal of Sports Sciences. 17, 177.

29. C. Bosco, M. Iacovelli, O. Tsarpela, M. Cardinale, M. Bonifazi, J. Tihanyi, M. Viru, A. De Lorenzo, A (2000). Hormonal responses to whole-body vibration in men. Viru European Journal of Applied Physiology. 81: 449-454.

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