The potential for Low-intensity Vibration (LiV) therapy to treat osteoporosis was established in the 1980s by Prof. Clinton Rubin, one of the world’s foremost biomedical engineers.
Marodyne LiV sends out signals that correspond to the natural, mechanical movement impulses that are picked up by the skeleton every step we take.
The frequency is precisely calibrated to stimulate osteoblast (bone-building) activity while inhibiting osteoclast (bone-wasting) activity. Studies have established that just 10 minutes of LiV a day can help to keep bones strong and help prevent diseases such as osteoporosis.
When you step onto Marodyne LiV the device automatically calculates your weight and delivers the right amount of vibration for you – Preventing osteoporosis and improving bone health just got simpler.
Marodyne LiV provides an exact low-level vibration (0.4g) transmitted at a high frequency (30Hz) to the person standing on the device.
An impulse of 0.4 g is applied to the base (sole of the foot), approx. 0.1 g is damped in the leg area and 0.3 g is passed on to the hip and spine (‘g’ stands for gravity – our acceleration due to gravity with ~ 9.81 m/s²). The impulses travel through bone and muscle tissue to stimulate the Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) in your bones.
These stem cells have the potential to develop into various different cells, such as bone, cartilage and fat. If they are encouraged to form bone, then they can compensate for the bone loss caused by osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions.
The Low-intensity Vibration emitted by the Marodyne LiV replicates forces that would naturally occur in a younger body with healthy muscle and bone structure. These forces encourage the mesenchymal stem cells to develop into bone rather than fat, by stimulating the bone-forming processes within the stem cells.
Over time, Marodyne LiV can reduce – and in some cases halt – the degradation of bone mass. If used for long enough, it can help to build a healthy musculoskeletal system, counteracting the damage done by osteoporosis and other bone-damaging conditions.
Our knowledge about the role of mechanical signals and their effect on the human body has improved over the last 25 years through vibration research funded by NASA, Universities, and various government agencies.
There are many studies establishing the benefits of Low-intensity Vibration, including a recent Nature review that concluded: “Empirical evidence suggests that mechanical signals can be used to prevent and/or treat osteoporosis and obesity.”
Several decades of research have shown that Low-intensity Vibration is a safe alternative to current drug treatments for osteoporosis.
LiV can help:
To achieve the optimum benefit of this natural therapy, scientists agree that Marodyne LiV needs to be used for 10 minutes every day.