Our expert says:
It's in interesting one (apologies for the english reply). There is definitely something to it. there is more evidence and a stronger theoretical basis for the Powerplate than there is for many “gimmicks” before it. The problem is that the marketers and agents for the machine hyper-inflate its value and they end up detracting from it by promising the world and delivering a village.
So let’s talk about what we do know about vibration training, which is actually not all that new – it was first used by Russians. Scientific studies have found that vibration treatments improved strength when used AS PART of a strength training programme. That is, the addition of Powerplate training to a strength programme made the users stronger than if they just did normal strength training. The reasons for this, without getting overly technical, is because the vibration increases the gravitational force and stimulates the muscle-tendon unit to lengthen and shorten at a high frequency, much like strength training does. The result is that the nerves controlling the muscle are stimulated and the muscle gets stronger as a result.
So what does that mean for you? Not entirely sure, I don't know of any evidence or research that suggests that using it will improve flexibility. The only studies I have seen are those looking at strength. I'm not sure that vibration will improve the flexibility of muscles, and it sounds as though there is some problem causing your inflexibility. No machine will fix that - so you just have to make sure here - is the stiffness a symptom of something else, or is it the problem? If it is a symptom, then you must figure out the cause. If it's the problem, then maybe the powerplate will work, no one can tell you that for sure, because no one knows. They're all just guessing.
But, it's not a complete gimmick and money making scam, it might have some merit.
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