Could a new technology, selected by NASA for use on the Space Station to assist astronauts to build bone in a zero gravity situation, help someone stationed here on earth? I decided to check out the whole body vibration Juvent Dynamic Motion Platform for myself.
I recently had the opportunity to try the Juvent 1000 Dynamic Motion Therapy (DMT) Platform.
Author’s Note: Somewhat to my surprise, this post on Juvent and Whole Body Vibration has been (and continues to be) a very popular article. Since first publishing this post, there have been a number of research studies and reports on the effectiveness of whole body vibration platforms. As a result, I have prepared an article summarizing these studies. If you are interested in whole body vibration platforms, I encourage you to read Is Whole Body Vibration an Effective Osteoporosis Treatment Option?
The Juvent Whole Body Vibration Platform
The device resembles a bathroom weight scale and generates vibrations through the soles of your feet. The fast and gentle vertical accelerations that the platform emits produces tiny stresses. Researchers believe that these stresses stimulate the bones to grow stronger.
A recent study has shown that a one year treatment of low-level, high frequency vertical vibrations can inhibit bone loss in the hip and spine. The study was conducted on a group of women who were three to eight years post menopause.
The company suggests that you will see results if you use the device for a minimum of twenty minutes a day.
When I took the Juvent 1000 DMT for a test drive, I was pleasantly surprised by the gentle vibration that it emitted.
It is not meant as a replacement to a drug therapy program and is probably a reasonable supplement to other bone activities. However, with a price tag of $3,000, I will need to see further studies before I make any recommendations to my clients.
At MelioGuide, we recommend that you adopt a bone friendly lifestyle that includes the right combination of exercise, nutrition and daily activities. We also suggest that before you undertake any health-related changes that you consult with your physician.
One final note on the Juvent 1000 DMT: A bone vibration study is underway in the Toronto region and the medical team is looking for volunteers. The study is taking place at the Postmenopausal Health Research Clinic at Toronto General Hospital under the guidance of Dr. Angela Cheung.
Author’s Note: This study has been completed and is not open to new participants. You read about the study findings in this article I posted Is Whole Body Vibration an Effective Osteoporosis Treatment Option?
We have included a link to Juvent’s web site with the product details.
For more information, check out my Osteoporosis Guidelines.