Obesity: Effective Whole-Body Vibration Therapy
The whole-body Vibration therapy would be as effective as physical activity to improve the metabolism of obese. It would help with weight loss and muscle health. A solution for refractory to physical activity?
The whole-body Vibration therapy could be used in the fight against obesity , according to the results of a study published in the medical journal Endocrinology (1) . It would help to lose weight, increase muscle mass and reduce the sensitivity to insulin. These findings were obtained in mice.
Researchers at Augusta University in the United States examined two groups of male mice aged 5 weeks. One group consisted of normal mice, while the other group was genetically modified. These guinea-pigs no longer responded to the leptin hormone, which promotes the feeling of satiety. Mice in each group were allocated to physical inactivity , vibration (20 min per day at a frequency of 32 Hz), or exercise on a mini-treadmill (45 min / day for 12 weeks). Rodents were weighed weekly during the study.
Vibration, a complementary therapy against obesity
The results of the study showed that vibrations have a similar effect to physical activity. Indeed, rodents in this group showed similar metabolic benefits to mice that walked 45 minutes daily. This therapy also helped to improve muscle mass and insulin sensitivity.
These findings suggest that whole-body vibration therapy can be used as a supplement to combat metabolic dysfunction in morbidly obese people.
“Our study is the first to show that whole-body vibrations can be just as effective as exercising in the fight against obesity and diabetes ,” said Meghan McGee-Lawrence, a professor at Augusta University and Author of the study.
“These results are encouraging, but our study was conducted in mice and must be rigorously tested in humans to see if the results would be applicable to individuals.”