Oscillating Vibration vs. Linear Vibration: Which is Better for You?


Which Vibration is better for you?

So as far as to which vibration is better for you, YOU need to determine what you want to focus on. If you have foot or leg problems, and need therapy, lineal vibration would be a good choice for you. However, if you have neck pain or are prone to headaches, then lineal vibration is NOT recommended for your use. If you are looking for more of a whole body fitness and therapy in one session, then the oscillating movement would be the most beneficial. Since our dual motor vibration machines have both lineal and pivotal vibration, the motors can run simultaneously or separately to create the best session for your comfort level.

Oscillating: Oscillating (pivotal) movement is generally supported by the medical community as a healthier type of vibration, as it can handle more weight, have much less vertical impact on the body, reduce stress on the organs, and help keep the spine more flexible and loose. Your body is designed around your spinal column. When you walk you have to balance your weight from left to right like a see-saw. When using the oscillating vibration, the affected muscles contract alternately, much like when you’re walking, so the same muscles on both sides of the body are never engaged at the same time. A side-alternating vibration is an extremely important component to improving balance. It creates a pleasant rocking motion that causes the brain to tell the muscles of the body to actively contract to maintain equilibrium (balance), creating a therapeutic, muscle-toning and strengthening workout with minimal risk of damage to the joints and tendons, making it a safe and efficient source of exercise, wellness, and therapy regardless of your age and activity level. This type of vibration is used most when the main focus and goal is for exercise and losing weight.

Linear: Linear (vertical/tri-planar) movement primarily duplicates the jump reflex in the body. The muscles on both sides of the body contract simultaneously resulting in very high impact up to 6X (or 600%) the body weight of the user. Under a linear pattern of movement not all muscles are engaged – it is mainly the larger muscles of the body. Most users find this movement more pleasant and relaxing. However, a user with joint or spine problems may find this muscle contraction uncomfortable and may benefit from the oscillating movement. Linear exercisers are effective for improving jump height, which is why they are popular with professional sports players.

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