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Donald Posted On:2018-05-11 04:33:56


I was hoping to see some brands listed on the review page, but none of the pictures have links associated with them. Can you suggest any brands for premium speed piviotal types or triplanar motion




Donald Posted On:2018-05-11 04:04:04


I was hoping to some brands listed on the review page, but none of the pictures have links associated with them. Can you suggest any brands for premium speed piviotal types




Science and Honesty @ Work SH@W Posted On:2018-03-19 15:04:03
Kathy Z
Yes it can help, but you need precise instructions and follow some rules. 
Here is a quick article on general benefits for muscle wasting illnesses. It must be noted it can not cure it, only slow down the progress and give back some muscle control. 
Kathy Z Posted On:2018-03-19 06:09:09

My husband was just diagnosed with ALS.  We have a power plate machine at home.  It had belonged to his mother who was quite happy with it.  Since we did not buy it we are unaware of it ability to help him with his muscle loss or if it will be detrimental to him in his condition.  Can you tell me if it will be helpful

Science and Honesty @ Work SH@W Posted On:2018-02-23 19:12:17
Luckily the machines are too weak to really hurt you now ( way weaker than the originals ) . That's why they get people to jump and move around on them, and it takes 1 hour as opposed to the advertised 10 minutes.
( you could not physically do a 45 min workout of a real machine )  
Note: Some people are prone to sore knees due to shearing ( uncontrolled sideways movement ) so if that occurs tell them to stop.  Otherwise only their wallets getting damaged. 
Anna88 Posted On:2018-02-17 01:19:33

Hi Lloyd,

I have some questions about Powerplate.

Over 45min to 1hr work outs on this machine at a local studio.  I am concerned friends are doing damage. 

High hz use on most poses and the fact they are made in China and fall apart and therefore become faulty and potentially harmful. 

What should I tell them?



Lloyd Shaw Posted On:2018-01-20 10:44:46
I would do two days on, one day off. Every day will burn you out after a while. That recovery time is VERY important to the process.
Note: The best thing to do if you want to push it, is to learn to hold perfect positions for that 60 seconds. That creates an upward spiral in muscle quality and energy burn.
 They usually take a few months to conquer before you even go up one speed ( that's how you know you are doing it properly.) 
AC Posted On:2018-01-19 10:18:23

After seeing the good posts and reviews I purchased a CV9 machine and I love it.  I am doing the basic 10 minute pivotal program that is included on the poster that came with it every other day.  Is it too much to do it every day

Di Heap VibePlus Posted On:2017-12-18 00:21:37

There are several machines with that brand name but most common is the CrazyFit. Look at the reviews here

Fritz Posted On:2017-12-17 08:40:57

What is your opinion of the Merax vibrating machine

Lloyd Shaw Posted On:2017-12-15 15:43:04
Your best option would be to buy a Lower Speed Pivotal .Note: They still go quite fast, but you will only occasionally use the higher speeds for massage only )You need one with side handle bars.
They were actually designed by Physios in 1996 to help with similar issues of mobility you are dealing with.  There are a number of ways to use those units now, and can be used progressively ( more difficult poses in the future in needed ) 
The best unit of its kind actually comes from CardioTech in OZ. (CV12 ) But look on TradeMe for a cheaper option if needed. 
Note: You really need to be using the unit every day for the best physio results. 
If you choose to go this path, I will guide you every step of the way.So even though it is not what you are used to, it is the better long term option for proper functional change.
Emma Posted On:2017-12-14 15:36:04

Waiuku, Auckland

Lloyd Shaw Posted On:2017-12-12 20:26:58

Where are you in N.Z. 

Emma Posted On:2017-12-10 19:59:35

Hi, in New Zealand.

No he can't stand unassisted. We do assisted standing exercises.




Lloyd Shaw Posted On:2017-12-04 16:49:43
Sorry for late reply. 
$3000 for a plastic machine from China is a rip off. No matter its use. 
A few questions first...
(a) Is your Son able to stand by himself. Or is it all seated therapy. 
(b) What country are you in .
Emma Posted On:2017-11-29 20:09:36

Hi There, my son has cp (spastic diplegia)  we just completed an intensive therapy programme overseas where we used

a power plate as part of it every day. We are looking at purchasing a second hand one for daily use in spasticity maintenance. The therapist has recommended the powerplate however after reading this information I am wondering if there are other options which will cost less. The second hand next generation one we are looking at is $3000 (not purchased through him or his company by the way) can you please let me know your thoughts

Thank you

Lloyd Shaw Posted On:2017-11-25 11:44:52

 Researchers have finally tested multiple Vibration Training platforms , loaded, unloaded and over a period of 18 months.

Guess what they found. None kept their specs 100% under load. Some worse than others. 
Also at least one lost significant performance over time. But it was the one with the most run time. So we have no idea how the others would have been put under the same pressure.  
As they state. It basically ruins ALL research done on these machines as it is just too random to know what is effecting what. 

Of course we have been writing about this for nearly 15 years. Calling for these exact kinds of tests to be done. But academics in this industry are "a bit slow" to be polite.  

Lloyd Shaw Posted On:2017-11-25 10:56:23


Please confirm this is the unit we are discussing. ..
If it is, as you can see by its design it a a Lower Energy Lineal unit. 
Ok units. I think getting a  faulty one is just a risk with any of these cheaper units. 
As far as use and results. If you follow a strict enough program, you will see some results. But "discipline" is the key word here. 
With our guidance, it seems like a good buy. 
Note: I would ignore all literature and programs that come with it. Most probably 99% pure rubbish and full of fluff poses. ( stuff that does bugger all but feels good ) 
When you have it, come back on, and we will get you started.   
Suzanne Posted On:2017-11-25 09:08:39

Do not want to spend a lot on a vibe plate at this point but interested in a "starter" model. My chiropractor recommended the SDS Whole Body Vibration platform, which he uses at his home. It provides a linear vibration up to 42 hz and gets four stars with 49 comments on Amazon that dont seem like planted reviews, and the complaints seem to be about having been shipped a defective machine which was then promptly replaced. Anybody familiar with this model, pls let me know. 

Ted Posted On:2017-11-23 21:44:55
Tina Posted On:2017-10-29 14:13:32

Thanks for that just have to find a way to transport to gisborne

SH@W Science , Honesty @ Work Posted On:2017-10-29 09:55:55

 Yes good powerful unit.

Make sure you don't wind the hell out of it for no reason. Thinking the higher speeds are needed for results. They are not. If that is done, it  should be gradual over a long period of time ( years )
Follow our Pivotal program best you can. Use pics and read instructions.

Note: The company itself is in hiatus. So still a good machine, but I have no idea about its future.

Tina Posted On:2017-10-28 08:34:15


I am looking at a gravity plus 2nd hand machine for sale

Has not been used for 4 years but serviced  a month ago

Want to exercise for half an hour each day doing squats planks etc

Would this be suitable

John Weatherly Posted On:2017-10-22 15:47:29
SH@W Science , Honesty @ Work Posted On:2017-10-15 12:08:02


More good news ?  Well it depends how you look at it.

A vibration-based therapy being trialed in Auckland could help young people with cerebral palsy.

The concept of whole-body vibration training sounds remarkably simple: a person stands on a specially-designed vibration plate, creating a see-saw movement that stimulates a pattern similar to walking.

This is thought to improve communication between the muscles and spine, aiding balance and co-ordination.

The family of Luke Torrens Kelly admitted they were "somewhat sceptical" when he joined a clinical trial of the therapy at Auckland University's Liggins Institute.

"Luke has had many therapies in the past and it is often hard to judge whether or not they have any effect," the 13-year-old's mother, Tracey Torrens, said.

It turned out that the vibration therapy was fun and easy for Luke, who is at the mild end of the spectrum, and caused him to gain 2kg in muscle mass after five months.

Luke was one of 40 people with cerebral palsy, aged 11 to 20, in the trial, which showed vibration therapy increased strength and mobility.

Now the same therapy will be trialled in younger children thanks to a grant of $390,000 over three years from the Jubilee Crippled Children Foundation.

Researchers aim to recruit 40 children aged 5 to 10 years with mild to severe cerebral palsy and general musculoskeletal disability.

They will also investigate the feasibility of using vibration therapy in under-5s at high risk of neuromuscular problems, and the effects of shorter sessions for adolescents.

Jubilee also funded the original research, along with the Sir David Levene Foundation.

"Together, these studies will identify who will benefit the most from vibration therapy and what is the best protocol - frequency and duration - according to their health and age," said study leader and Liggins research fellow Dr Silmara Gusso.

"Our hope is that our research will enable practitioners to develop new physical therapy programmes tailored for individual kids and young adults which incorporate vibration therapy alongside other tools, giving these young people the most benefits possible."

In the original trial, which was the biggest and most rigorous of its kind to date, participants stood on the vibration plate for nine minutes a day, four times a week.

Vibration therapy helped Luke Torrens Kelly gain 2kg in muscle mass after five months. Photo / Supplied
Vibration therapy helped Luke Torrens Kelly gain 2kg in muscle mass after five months. Photo / Supplied

After 20 weeks of training, they showed clear benefits: increased bone and muscle mass, and improved day-to-day functioning and quality of life, with some parents reporting fewer falls, better mood, boosted confidence, and greater manoeuvrability.

Some children walked 30 per cent further in a six-minute walk test - a big difference for them.

The findings, published last year, attracted international attention.

"I had parents from around the world asking for more details, or saying thank you for doing research in this area, which is quite humbling," Gusso said.

Many asked where to buy the special vibration plate, which cost $5000-$6000 and was much different from the standard muscle-toning plates sold at malls.

Waitakere College in West Auckland, one of the high schools involved in the original trial, were now looking at getting one.

Liggins Institute research fellow Dr Silmara Gusso, with one of the special plates used in the trial. Photo / Supplied
Liggins Institute research fellow Dr Silmara Gusso, with one of the special plates used in the trial. Photo / Supplied

"Many of our students in the trial had improved bone density, muscle mass and some impressive improvements in their walking speed, which can make a huge functional difference in their lives as they can better keep up with their peers," said Fleur White, a paediatric physiotherapist at the school.

The research team has since also trialled the therapy in young people with more severe cerebral palsy, and with general musculoskeletal disability, with results due in 2018.

Cerebral palsy, a group of movement disorders, is the most common cause of physical disability in childhood, affecting two in 1000 children.

It's caused by abnormal development or damage to parts of the brain that control movement, balance and posture.

Children with the disorders have reduced muscle and bone mass, and muscles that normally work in complementary action will simultaneously go into spasm, making movement difficult, and leading to muscle wasting over time.

About half of children have a raised risk of bone fractures, partly because their muscles aren't pulling on their bones in the normal way to promote healthy bone development.

Until now, treatments to relieve the condition's effects have been fairly limited: injection of botox, surgery, passive stretching by physiotherapists and injection of bisphosphonates to increase bone density.

The information these Children and their Parents really need to know.
This is in my opinion nothing short of a scam. Not the technology and idea, but the sales based company behind it.
Similar trials have been done where the parents are told after the trial, ( which is always successful, because it is an exact copy of other research already done )  that to continue their children's VT Therapy they MUST purchase a machine worth $5000.
Not giving full disclosure on 2 important points that any parent in this situation would want to know.

(1) That free training has been available for ALL people with disabilities at a dedicated VT center in Auckland for 15 years now, and other such places around the country.  With some of the machines especially designed to cater to people with disabilities.
And by free, it means free for life. And when possible, we give away similar devices to those in need. To date. 92 units. 
Pivotal and Lineal units are utilized. 
(2) Other Pivotal brands of machines that are suitable for this therapy, are available here in N.Z.  and Australia and much cheaper. Some are even more suited due to their design. Depending on the stage of the disability.
The sales people say they are the only ones capable of building a machine with certain Frequencies  and Amplitudes.....this is simply not true. And has not been true for a good decade. Everyone involved in this technology is well aware of this fact.
Robyn Posted On:2017-10-10 12:45:15

Hi thanks for getting back to me  1200.00 tops

thanks Robyn

SH@W Science , Honesty @ Work Posted On:2017-10-05 17:43:27


Not forgotten you, still looking. Be patient and something good will come up.

How much you willing to spend. 

Robyn Posted On:2017-10-02 09:51:10

Hi thanks for your response   I live in Hawkes Bay

Regards Robyn

SH@W Science , Honesty @ Work Posted On:2017-09-28 18:26:30


Am looking on TradeMe for you as to see what is available.
Technically most machines can give some results. But quality and other features I can spot can help me find you something good.

Where in N.Z. are you ?

Robyn Posted On:2017-09-27 08:56:50

Hi Im just wanting some advice I am thinking of purchasing a plate vibration machine  I am wanting to use it in conjunction with my other fitness activities which include biking, walking and swimming.  I am a 57 year old woman with no weight issues, so I am really just wanting the vibration machine to help with my circulation and to tone up, I also have low bone density, so hoping that this could also help.  There seems to be alot of these types of machine available at different prices can anyone recommend one for me that is suited for what I want to use it for  I am in New Zealand.

Many thanks Robyn

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