Do you ever finish your workout at BodyQuirks and feel better than you did walking through the door?
Exercising, standing or simply relaxing on a WBV unit can lower the effects of stress on the body and psyche, as well as improving anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Whole body vibration has been proven to have a positive effect on the production of hormones and neurotransmitters according to Evolution Health.
How can WBV improve my mental wellbeing?
Regular use of WBV therapy balances neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, increases key hormones, and lowers stress hormones like cortisol.
If Cortisol, a stress hormone, is chronically elevated, it can have harmful effects on weight and immune function, as well as increases inflammation and damages the structure of the brain. When Cortisol levels are lowered, stressors are easier to manage and the brain works better.
When Dopamine levels are optimal, memory improves, pain regulation in the body is more efficient, people become better at problem-solving, and are able to hold their attention and focus longer. Serotonin, the most widely studied neurotransmitter, helps regulate a vast range of functions from mood balance to bowel function. It plays a part in reducing the appetite, forming blood clots, regulating libido, anxiety, social behavior, and more. Lastly, neurotropin is a growth hormone that acts as a brain stimulator that helps with the survival, development, and function of neurons and is needed to keep brain cells alive.
Whole Body Vibration therapy is also an amazing form of exercise. Exercise has been known to be one of the most important factors for brain health, leading to increased neural cell growth and strength. 97% of all your muscles are mobilized and engaged while standing on a platform, increasing oxygen uptake and producing endorphins, much like you would while running without the added stress on your body. More great information on the effects of exercise on brain health can be found here.
Becky Chambers, a leading author and expert on WBV, believes that the intense vibration of WBV is leading to growth and health in the peripheral nervous system in the brain- after over a decade of working with this technology. Since the peripheral nervous system connects the central nervous system to the limbs and organs, strengthening that system of the body can mean better communication between the brain and spinal cord with the rest of the body.
Over the 2 years we have been in business and giving demos to over a thousand people, our clients have reported increased feelings of optimism, greater energy levels, and better moods after a short session on WBV machines. We even have had clients come in just to ‘de-grumpify’, as they put it- come in grumpy and leave happier. Our clients have also reported their SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) no longer affecting them and overall stressors not having as much of a stronghold on their well being. Seasonal affective disorder is a mood disorder characterized by depression and low energy during times of shorter, darker days, but is actually connected to a serotonin deficiency because lack of sunlight can result in lowered serotonin levels. Many of our clients with depression issues also are finding that their doctors are reducing their prescriptions since they started using WBV. It makes sense- when you feel good you’re more likely to perform better, accomplish more, and take better care of your body!
You can read more of the effects of WBV on hormones here.
You can read more of Becky Chambers work with WBV here.