Science Daily: WBV Reduces Age-related Bone Loss

A snippet from Science Daily roughly describes theory of how whole body vibration stimulates bone maintenance:

The scientists theorize that the rhythmic movement, which produces a sensation similar to that of a vibrating cell phone but on a larger scale, exercises cells so they work better. Vibration prompts movement of the cell nucleus, which is suspended by numerous threadlike fibers called filaments. “The filaments get all deformed like springs and then they spring back,” Wenger said.

All the movement releases transcription factors that spur new osteoblasts, the cells that make bone. With age, the balance of bone production and destruction — by osteoclasts — tips to the loss side.

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