Power Plate® Therapy
Symmetry Health Center, located in Oakland and Alameda CA, now offer cutting edge Power Plate® therapy programs, making our facility one of the only healthcare centers in the United States utilizing this powerful rehabilitation tool as part of its Chiropractic program. The Power Plate® is a vibration platform that creates an accelerated therapy experience, by increasing circulation and Human Growth Hormone and decreasing the stress hormone cortisol. In addition, the Power Plate® has the ability to increase flexibility and decrease pain, by creating a relaxation response in the musculature. Originating with the cosmonauts, the Power Plate® was designed to help counteract the effects of gravity on the skeleton, a side effect of space travel. The technology later became available in the fitness and healthcare world due to the powerful ability of the plate to increase bone density. Because the plate has a powerful impact on neurology and neuromuscular re-education, we utilize the platform in most of our treatment protocols for maximum benefit to the patient. We use the machine for stretching, functional movement, CBP Mirror Image® Posture Exercises, and recovery.
Symmetry Health Center also offers group exercise in its Alameda location under its sister company Symmetry Yoga. This cutting edge studio combines Power Plate® fitness classes and Yoga in its membership options and class pass offerings. The 25 minute Power Plate classes are lead by certified personal trainers and other movement experts from the Bay Area. Power Plate® machines use the principles of Acceleration Training™ to stimulate the body’s natural response to vibration. These vibrations transmit waves of energy throughout the body, activating muscle contractions between 25 and 50 times per second, enhancing overall performance in sessions as short as 15-30 minutes a day, 3 times a week.
Acceleration Training with Power Plate® machines creates instability in the human body, as with each vibration the body is forced to perform reflexive muscle actions, multiple times per second. Furthermore, these contractions must work in multiple dimensions as the Power Plate® machines actually oscillate in all three planes, exactly as the human body is designed to do. The net result is an incredible improvement in force production, or strength and power.
Benefits of Acceleration Training
Acceleration Training offers a host of benefits, ranging from an immediate improvement in blood circulation, to a variety of other measurable outcomes:
- Strength: Improves muscle tone, builds explosive power and endurance
- Flexibility: Increases range of motion, coordination, balance and stability
- Circulation: Improves & increases blood flow to strengthen the cardiovascular system
- Weight Loss: Reduces body fat and enhances metabolism
- Cellulite Reduction: Diminishes the appearance of cellulite
- Build Bone Density: Increases bone density & prevents bone loss related to aging
- Alleviate Pain: Promotes faster recovery, decreases pain and improves joint function
The Power Plate® can be used for numerous applications from rehabilitation of injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation to improving strength, endurance and weight loss. A 23% reduction in cellulite, 16% improvement in vertical jump and a 350% increase in natural human growth hormone-(hGh) are only a few of the incredible changes the Power Plate® can initiate. Motion signals in the body block pain signals, and pain decreases with movement. Exercise and the Power Plate® help strengthen the body and enable the healing process. Great posture begins with a strong core and from a strong core comes an overall strengthened and balanced musculoskeletal system. Nothing will improve these muscles like the Power Plate®.
Recent studies have shown that Acceleration Training offers a 57%improvement in weight loss when compared to conventional exercise and diet alone!