You may go to your gym and see this machine amongst your equipment called the Power Plate. And you probably wondered, what is this for? What’s so good about a machine that just vibrates?
Well, in fact, this was first introduced many years ago as a way for helping with injuries and rehab. Power Plate has demonstrated dramatic benefits in patient rehabilitation and in the management of chronic pain. Healthcare professionals, including chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists, have reported improvement in many muscular and joint pain. (Ref: http://powerplate.com/healthcare)
What are the benefits?
You may not know it, but there are a lot of exercises you can do with this machine that help you build strength, flexibility and balance.
You can do Squats, Planks, Calf Raises, Knee Raises, Bridges, Russian Twists, Hip Flexor Stretches, Quad Stretches and many more!
Here are some of the benefits:
- Tone your body without vigorous exercise
- Work your core muscles
- Improve your flexibility
- Reduce cellulite
- Increase your strength
- Improve your posture
- Help to maintain bone density
- Promote recovery following an injury
What do I use it for?
I’ve had back pain for a good few months from an injury I picked up doing barbell squats, and since then, have had these deep knots in some of my back muscles that used to hurt a lot after a workout.
I’ve actually recently found out that after using the power plate, holding a squat position, the sheer power of the vibrations have started loosening up the knots in my muscles and have really aided me in recovering. I am now 85% better and the back pains are almost gone!
I tend to do this at the END of my workout, as that helps loosen all the strain my muscles have gone through during the gym workout.
What’s even better, going into the Sauna straight after for a relaxing end to my session – and the heat from the sauna really helps my muscles relax too!