On a whole-body vibration therapy, your physical therapist will ask you to stand on a mechanical vibrating platform. The frequency of the vibration will be pre-adjusted based on the designed program for your condition.
As the machine vibrates, energy will course through your whole body, causing your muscles to contract and relax rapidly. These rapid contractions will increase blood flow and improve your muscle tone. The vibrations will work on your muscles, tendons, discs, and ligaments all at the same time. The sensation might feel like you are exerting effort without actually stressing your body.
On the other hand, localized vibration therapy uses a hand-held vibrating device that will be applied directly to a certain part of your body.
Vibration therapy is often combined with other treatment modalities like massage therapy and stretching to manage and heal soft-tissue injuries.
Medications like muscle-relaxants, anti-inflammatories, and pain relievers, although helps alleviate pain, do not improve the condition of injured tissues. However, vibration therapy is one of the best ways to help injuries get the blood they need for accelerated and proper healing.