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Wed. 9/15: Whole Body Vibration with Dr. Clinton T. Rubin, Ph.D.
This webinar was taped and it is free.
Join us for a special evening with Dr. Clinton Rubin who will present his extensive work on whole body vibration. We will discuss the benefits and risks of this technology. The primary focus of this webinar will be on WBV and bone – preventing and treating osteoporosis.
Dr. Clinton T. Rubin, Ph.D. with one of his test subjects standing on a low intensity vibration platform. Turkeys measured before and after using whole body vibration showed an increase in bone formation.
The major research focus of my work is targeted towards understanding the cellular mechanisms responsible for the growth, healing, and homeostasis of bone. More specifically, I am interested in how biophysical stimuli (i.e., mechanical, electrical, temperature, magnetic, pressure) mediate these responses. The clinical significance of this work is applicable to the inhibition of osteopenia, the promotion of bony ingrowth into prostheses or skeletal defects, and the acceleration of fracture healing.
Dr. Rubin’s research into non-invasive, non-pharmacological intervention to control osteoporosis was referenced in National Geographic’s January 2001 article about surviving space travel. His studies show that the application of extremely low level strains to animals and humans will increase bone formation, and thus may represent the much sought after “anabolic” stimulus in bone.
There’s a whole lot of shakin’ going on in the world of whole body vibration (WBV). Many companies are selling equipment promising fast development of muscle mass, weight loss, increased healing time for muscle and joint injuries at a fraction of the time for standard exercise. Vibration is also a selling point for many companies as a form of treatment for osteoporosis. It has been well established that WBV builds muscle mass and increases balance. However, less is known about WBV and its ability to halt or reverse bone loss. I have been working with osteoporosis for close to 20 years and the number one thing that I have learned is that everyone is different. What has been most important to me in my work is finding out why someone is losing bone mass, and discovering the why or whys requires a detailed analysis of each individual’s case. For some who have osteoporosis, it may be that they never gained peak bone mass because they smoked cigarettes as a teenager, had a digestive disorder or a nutrient deficiency. Osteoporosis is not a one size fits all diagnosis or treatment regiment. Treatments should include nutrition, exercise, resolving any digestive issues, hormone balancing and yes, sometimes medication. One alternative treatment option that I am excited about is WBV, especially low intensity WBV that anyone, including disabled people can use. This is what Dr. Rubin will be talking about in tomorrow night’s webinar on Whole Body Vibration.
Stars such as Madonna have attested to the incredible workouts they get on a WBV machine in much less time than simply lifting weights. Some doctors and physical therapists are adding WBV equipment to their offices for physical therapy for their patients to heal injuries, lose weight, and improve balance. Some people are purchasing less durable home units. The cost can range from $400.00 to $12,000 depending on the unit. The higher end products tend to be more durable and can handle a heavier body weight, which is not true of some of the home models. Last year, the TV show “The Doctors” and “The Tyra Banks Show” featured WBV units used for weight loss, lymphatic drainage, muscle toning and balance. This same machine may help treat osteoporosis as well.
Can this technology increase bone density? Is WBV over-hyped or is it a reasonable tool to use for osteoporosis, bodybuilding, balance training, weight loss and rehabilitation? I have spent the past two years investigating WBV personally testing a variety of machines, and I am very positive about the benefits of this technology.