NASA Generating Good Vibrations

  • 25-01-2010

Zero gravity environments as experienced by astronauts do not come without their risks. Exposure to zero gravity can rapidly cause reductions in bone density and muscle mass. This is a significant challenge and has lead to innovative research by NASA to counter this effect on astronauts.


Every day our muscles and bones are subject to gravity's constant resistance regime. Nothing escapes this pull and allows us to develop a strong and mobile musculoskeletal system. However, take away our daily regime and muscular atrophy sets in.


The time honoured line of ‘use it or lose it’ seems ever present but what is the strength of the research behind the use of vibration plate training?


NASA researchers have used standard resistance training and a newer approach which involves the user exercising on a ‘vibration plate’ to maintain muscle bulk and bone density. Some promising research has been generated but the use of vibration training research is still in its infancy and cannot be recommended based on the current evidence base.

Please follow the link below if you would like to read the NASA article.


Coming Next Week – Theories on how Vibration Plate Exercise has its Effect

Physio4motion is not responsible for external site content.

Follow link below

“Good Vibrations” Link




The operator of this site, and the publisher, specifically disclaim all responsibility for any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the material on this site.


The information contained in this online site is made available with the understanding that the author and publisher are not engaged in providing medical or treatment of any kind.

Information on this site should not be used in place of a call or visit to a medical, health care professional, who should be consulted before adopting any of the suggestions in this site or drawing inferences from it.

Published by Physio4motion Cardiff Physiotherapy Clinic


Email to Friend

Fill in the form below to send this news item to a friend:

Email to Friend
* Your Name:
* Your Email:
* Friend's Name:
* Friend's Email:
* Security Image:
Security Image Generate new
Copy the numbers and letters from the security image
* Message: