Who cannot use vibration plates? Exclusion criteria for vibration training

Heather Campbell
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Who cannot use vibration plates? As safe as they are, some people simply can’t use them.

Who cannot use vibration plates? Exclusion criteria for vibration trainingVibration plates are a great way to stay fit without going to a fitness center, and can be an excellent solution, especially for people who lead busy lives.

As a general rule, vibration plates are safe to use, but not if you suffer from particular conditions. If you have neurological issues, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, or other internal diseases such as cancer, incontinence, or edema then they are to be avoided.

With exercise and a healthy diet, you can effectively train your body, make your muscles stronger, and lose weight.

Yet, there are some restrictions when it comes to vibration plate exercise, so continue reading to see if they apply to you.

Who cannot use vibration plates? Introduction

Vibration therapy with a vibrating plate is a natural workout that can help the body improve posture and balance.

Vibration training improves muscle tone, bone strength, flexibility, and blood flow and is a safe and effective device for improving overall health and wellness when used correctly.

Related: Check our other post to learn how Vibration training increases the effect of traditional strength training

Medical conditions and the vibration plate: A high risk

Vibration therapy is an excellent form of exercise. But what if you have a particular medical condition?

Below is a list of all the cases and medical conditions where using a vibration plate is absolutely not recommended.

Which people are better off not using a vibration plate?

Below we address these specific exclusion criteria for whole-body vibration.

Do you suffer from one or more of the health problems listed below? Then vibration training on a vibration plate is not suitable for you.

Exclusion criteria for vibration training

Neurological disorders

  • Presence of a deep brain stimulator or a neurostimulator
  • Acute migraine
  • Presence of untreatable visual dysfunction affecting balance or gait
  • Epilepsy
  • Impaired cognition or impaired communication
  • Disturbed sensibility
  • Persons with brain injury or brain damage

Musculoskeletal disorders

  • Recent fracture or acute soft tissue injury
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Acute arthritis
  • Total knee or hip replacement
  • Acute disc herniation
  • Presence of osteosynthetic material (material used to join the ends of broken bones, such as metal plates)
  • Discopathy (aging of the intervertebral discs of the spine)
  • Spondylolysis (back condition in which the connection between the vertebral body and the vertebral arch is no longer intact)
  • Fresh inflammation
  • Having recently placed metal pans, bolts, or plates

Cardiovascular diseases

  • Peripheral vascular disease or history or high risk of deep vein thrombosis
  • Presence of an artificial valve or pacemaker
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Recent acute myocardial infarction
  • General cardiovascular diseases
  • Acute thrombotic disorders

Internal diseases

  • Cholecystolithiasis or urolithiasis
  • Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
  • Infectious diseases

Other (medical) conditions and situations

  • Patients already following exercise therapy
  • Injuries at the level of the foot or leg
  • Recent surgical (operative) procedures
  • Other medical conditions of the neuromuscular, skeletal, or cardiovascular system
  • Acute edema
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Malignant tumors
  • Pregnancy

Medical conditions for which vibration training is beneficial

There are signals from practice and science that vibration training can play an essential role in many applications.

Then we think, for example, of the condition CVA (better known as a cerebrovascular accident or cerebral infarction) and Parkinson’s disease.

Tip: Check out our article Whole-body vibration for fall prevention in elderly people living at home for more information on the effects of whole-body vibration in a pathology such as MS, Parkinson’s disease, and CVA.

Are vibratory plates dangerous?

For most people, vibrating plates are not dangerous at all.

But there are always exceptions! A vibration plate can be dangerous for people who suffer from any of the above health conditions.

Would you still like to exercise with a vibration plate even though you have one of the medical conditions listed above?

Then first and foremost, contact your doctor to discuss this in detail before you begin vibration training.

Vibratory plates can only be dangerous when used incorrectly

As mentioned earlier, vibration plates are safe fitness devices, but you must use a vibration plate safely.

  • Position the vibrating plate in a room with adequate space. Use a vibration plate only in a room with enough space to avoid accidents and injuries otherwise it can lead to dangerous situations.
  • Start whole-body vibration training at a low intensity and slowly build up over time. If you are not used to working out on a vibration plate, it is essential to build up the workout slowly. You want to find out how far you can go and what your body is capable of. Therefore, it is first and foremost important to set the vibration plate to low intensity. When you can easily handle the workout, you can slowly increase the intensity in subsequent sessions. Also, analyze your body after vibration training and check how your muscles and joints feel. If these feel painful, it is better to set a lower intensity next time.
  • Please read the manual carefully to exercise efficiently and safely on the vibration plate. Do you want to use a vibration plate safely so as not to end up in dangerous situations? Then it is essential to read the manual carefully. Every vibration plate is different, so it’s crucial to figure out how to use your vibration device in the best way. This can only be done by studying the manual thoroughly.
  • Train on the vibration plate for up to 30 minutes. If you exercise regularly on a vibration plate, workout sessions of up to 30 minutes are sufficient. We recommend that you not train on it for more than half an hour per session. In fact, excessive use of a vibrating plate can lead to back pain, blurred vision, and cartilage damage. Good to know: You can start with 10 minutes of whole-body vibration on the vibration plate as a guideline if you are a beginner.

Who cannot use vibration plates? Conclusion

Generally speaking, vibration plates are safe and easy to use for most people.

However, if you are suffering from neurological issues, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes or other internal diseases such as cancer, incontinence or edema then they are to be avoided.

Always consult a professional in case of doubt.

About Heather Campbell

As a nutritionist, my field of specialization is science-based nutritional advice but more importantly, it is my goal to share capturing and inspiring stories, examples and solutions which can help plus-size individuals overcome their specific difficulties. Read More