The VibraFlex® is a motorized exercise system based on the internationally patented Galileo vibration technology. It consists of a special oscillating platform, a vertical support, and preset and manual controls (start/stop, time, and speed). A person using the VibraFlex® stands on the platform, turns the unit on, and selects the time and speed (preset or manually). The vertical support can be used to maintain balance if necessary.
The VibraFlex® functions in the specific one-directional, oscillating pattern based on the concept of a center fulcrum and an alternating right/left, up and down motion. The motion is similar to a teeter-totter. This produces a corresponding teeter-totter motion at the pelvis resulting in two (2) key actions: one, it simulates the natural, locomotor crossover pattern, and second, it requires active patient participation in postural stabilization. The vibrations activate the involuntary muscle stretch reflex (IMSR). We know that when a doctor taps your patella tendon with a little hammer, there is around 20-25 ms afferent and 20-25 ms efferent response for a total reflex response time of some 40-50 ms. This 40-50 ms circuit corresponds to around 25-27 Hz as a frequency. When exercised/trained at this frequency, the IMSR is activated to the tune of around 1,500 contract/relax cycles per minute. The effects on the circulatory system are enhanced due to the rapid 1,500 contract/relax cycles per minute induced by the IMSR. A strong muscle pumping action is responsible for moving a great deal of fresh oxygenated blood to the working muscles, while flushing out all lactic acid and metabolic waste products.
The VibraFlex® provides the greatest acceleration and amplitude available for a vibration device. The amplitude of the rise and fall depends on where the user places his feet on the platform. The further the feet are from the center, the larger the rise/fall. The platform is marked with four placement positions which cover the full 0-6.9mm range. At either end of the platform, there is a maximum displacement of 13.8mm, from lowest to highest point. As a result, the user can expect greater and quicker results from their sessions. Acceleration is a function of frequency, therefore, the higher the frequency, the greater the acceleration. At the highest frequency level (30Hz), the VibraFlex® platform accelerates at 25 times gravity. Another way to state this is 25 times your body weight. Very effective gains in strength and power result from this training.
The VibraFlex® is also available as a hand-held device that exercises the upper body. It is held at (near) arm's length and the vibrations it produces exercise the muscles and reflexes of the neck, shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. The principle of operation is the same.
The VibraFlex® is a low technology device that achieves its intended purpose with an electric motor driving an eccentric via a belt. It is simple, reliable, and safe.