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Whole Body Vibration – What’s the Buzz All About?

May 02nd, 2013 | by Napa Team
Napa Team

Napa Team

May 02nd, 2013
Vibration technology has been used in many recent years on the physical fitness circuit with documented gains in the areas of flexibility, range of motion, strength and balance.  This exciting technology is now entering the therapy world.
Recent research has shown promising benefits of whole body vibration (WBV) through the use of a vibrating machine in children with cerebral palsy.  We are pleased to announce that through the generous donation of Greg Anzalone, NAPA Center is able to provide vibration technology to its clients with the use of the ZenPro.  It’s a great addition to the already comprehensive treatment programs NAPA offers its families!

Promising research has demonstrated that use of WBV may help build bone density and muscle mass in children with cerebral palsy.  It also has the potential to help decrease spasticity,  increase gross motor function and strength in adults with cerebral palsy, and influence overall balance and posture.  
Vibration has also been historically used in the treatment of certain sensory processing deficits, and we have seen great results when using the vibrating machine with our sensory kiddos.  In fact, preliminary research shows that whole body vibration may decrease the number of stereotypical behaviors exhibited in children with Autism.   If your therapist deems your child will benefit* from WBV, he/she will be sure to add it your child’s therapeutic regime. 
*Whole body vibration and the vibration machine has the potential to benefit many of our kids at NAPA, however as with any type of therapeutic intervention, not everyone is appropriate for the treatment.  Ask you therapist if your child would benefit from whole body vibration.  
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