Low Intensity Vibration (LIV) for bone health and bone growth

My name is David Clark creator of SlimmersEdge and our 28 days till awesome program. I originally got involved with vibration training after a skiing accident whereby I fell, slid and bounced 1000 meters down an ice glacier, breaking a few bones and concussion from the incident prevented me from doing Shiatsu Massage (my job).

The radial ulna joint on the wrist of my right arm was damaged and the surgical approach was to have a pin through the joint restricting movement, which would have made massage difficult so I did some research into strengthening the muscles around my wrist and increasing my bone health around that area. I discovered Low Intensity Vibration (LIV) training could treat low bone mineral density and osteoporosis, with no contra-indications and improve circulation and muscle strength. I gave it a go and the results were awesome (no pun intended.

A little bit on some questions often asked:

  • Astronauts – In a weightless environment astronauts experience around 15% – 20% loss of bone mass or bone mineral density a year, equivalent to 10 times that in a case of pronounced, untreated osteoporosis on earth. To put this in context, women affected by osteoporosis who remain untreated, can lose about 1.5% of their bone mass in the lumbar spinal region, in the hips or femoral neck within one year. An astronaut, by comparison, could lose this amount in a single month. NASA was the primary contributor to Professor Clint Rubin’s (the world’s foremost expert on LIV and bone) research on LIV and helped developed the finished device.
  • Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is primarily associated with fitness equipment (Power Plates etc) that you find in your gym, such as Next Gen etc. WBV main focus is activating and building muscle, something they do very well. However due to the very strong/aggressive nature of their vibration they are suited for people that are already in a reasonable state of health and fitness. They have a rather long list of contra-indications; the most relevant to you is that osteoporosis is a contra-indication of WBV. Our medically certified fitvibe machines have both WBV and LIV vibrations.
  • Low Intensity Vibration (LIV) is targeted at bone health and bone growth. It’s focus is on stimulation of the Stem cells responsible for producing bone and re-activating them at the same time also increasing the activity of osteoblasts (bone building cells) and reducing the function of osteoclasts (bone removing cells). It does this with absolutely no contra-indications and is medically approved to treat osteoporosis. 

A Quality Product certified to European Standards
The fitvibe® medical is MDD certified, which means that this device has been developed and is tested, produced and sold according to the international quality standards of the ISO 9001:2000 and EN 46003:1999 quality assurance system. Furthermore, the fitvibe® medical meets the strictest requirements of European Directive 93/42/ECC for Medical Devices (MDD), as indicated by the presence of a CE identification (CE 0197) on the apparatus. As well as that, the certifying authority (notified body) – TüV Rheinland/Berlin- Brandenburg – regularly carries out audits. This gives you, the treating physician, the certainty that you are working with a device that meets all the requirements and that provides the best possible levels of safety.

I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have, provide you with literature and give you a call for a chat. Please feel free to email me at david@slimmersedge.co.nz 

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