Prima Puts Power Plate On Top For Osteoporosis Sufferers

You may already be aware of how vibration training can help drop a dress size, but did you also know that it could help fight the onset of osteoporosis? Prima magazine tackles the topic this month, including research from which shows how Power Plate vibration training can increase bone mineral density.

Prima tried the Power Plate machine at our Selfridges studio, where they put our pro6 machine through its paces! They are now huge fans, and were also fascinated to hear about the many health benefits that Acceleration Training could offer, seeing it as a perfect fit for their planned osteoporosis special.

As the average age of the population increases, the incidence of osteoporosis is also rising. Each year millions of people suffer from fractures due to bone density loss.

Here are some stats for you:
- One in three women and one in eight men will suffer from osteoporosis this year.
- In the U.S., 80% of sufferers are women
- Of 2.8 million U.S sufferers, only 1 million have been diagnosed, while 1.8 million aren’t even aware that they are suffering from reduced bone mineral density (BMD).

And how can Power Plate help? A pilot study published in the Journal of Bone Mineral Research found that whole body vibration training using a Power Plate machine helped to increase bone mineral density in the hip, as well as increasing muscular strength and postural control in postmenopausal women*. Not only does this study show that this form of training could be used to help prevent bone mineral density loss (or even improve it), but improvements in muscular strength and postural control that were also identified indicate that it can help reduce the risk of falls (and therefore, the chance of a fracture). After all, as they say… prevention is better than cure!

* Verschueren.S., M. Roelants, C Delecluse, S.Swinnen, D. Vanderschueren and S.Boonen, “Effect of 6-month whole body vibration training on hip density, muscle strength and postural control in postmenopausal women”, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, (Vol. 19 (3), 2004).