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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

Robyn Posted On:2017-09-27 08:53:06

Hi Im just wanting sime 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.  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

Many thanks Robyn

SH@W Science , Honesty @ Work Posted On:2017-09-23 10:30:51

 The 3G Cardio AVT. is a Medium Energy Lineal unit. ( as per the review section ) We don't actually name many brands, and they change sticker / names often. Because there are thousands of simply made up names, an actual description is much more practical and educational.

Eg.......3G Cardio.....even though it is purely designed for anaerobic activity ? .
So as long as you follow a strict program, you will both get results. ( you will both do the same program. As it is designed to change body composition and function which is what you both need / want )

Follow the program to the best of your ability. As you will learn quickly, the difference in the right or wrong pose, is in inches.

You could use the machine regularly, and without the right program. It can be a waste of time and money. 

VCW Posted On:2017-09-22 04:35:00

I am considering buying a 3G Cardio AVT.  This machine has not been mentioned in any of the posts that I have read so far.  I am a complete novice and need some good advice.  I have poor bone density and my husband has diabetes.  Help, please.

Cali Posted On:2017-09-01 15:49:11

Sorry I should have done a better job of reading the other comments. There really is a lot of great information on here. Thank you

Jenny Posted On:2017-08-30 15:29:48


SH@W Science , Honesty @ Work Posted On:2017-08-29 15:07:43

 If you expect to be a little advanced, then yes the CV9 has a lot more room to do advanced poses on.


Whoever gave you that advice about Pivotal's is clearly not educated on this discipline. The unit is very safe.  

Jenny Posted On:2017-08-28 13:58:26

Thanks for your advice.  With the CV12 I noticed it does have the handles, which I agree would be good for me.  I am not wobbly and pretty active though.   I thought they would get in the way of doing exercises on the base, would that be correct.  Also a friend of mine in the health industry said not to get a pivotal that has a base that oscillates more than 8mm.  Is this true.

Thanks so much for these clarifications and help.  Very generous re the assistance on these machines re using them as well.  Would really like to get my mid section down.



SH@W Science , Honesty @ Work Posted On:2017-08-26 17:47:45


My advice would be the new CardioTech CV12 . It has the side handlebars you will need.
Extremely smooth action and lots of physio / exercise options.

When you get the unit, we will communicate constantly and make sure you progress in a safe but effective manner. 

Jenny Posted On:2017-08-26 16:46:40

Hi Lloyd

I have read just about everything in this discussion forum, but still need some advice if I could.  My background. I am 63 and a survivor of an accident 4 years ago, which included acute brain trauma and damage to muscle.  No broken anything lucky for me.  Anyway I am now fully recovered, except for ongoing muscle issues, mainly in my legs.   I have tried walking for fitness on a small hilly site, but it caused a very painful seizure of my leg muscles posteriorly, gluts and other muscles in that general area.   Disappointing, but havent given up yet.  I have repaired myself so far and have achieved a lot.  My muscles only play up when I exercise, mainly walking.  My back muscles are weak as well.  Gym is no good for me as it makes me tired still.

Hence the WVB interest.   I am in Australia and there does not appear to be any linear machines, so pivotal it is.  I am weighing up between the recommendations you have made with Gravity HQ and the CardioTeach CV9.   Also I found this machine  WBV3000 from a company in Perth.  Here is the link.

My aim is to get fit again, loose approx 8 or 10kgs that I have put on since my accident and improve my leg muscles by strengthing them.

Any advice you can give me I would be thankful.


Faye Posted On:2017-08-25 10:24:46

thanks Lloyd, that gives me a great guide line to work on.  to be able to get his circulation moving and stop the leg swelling will be fantastic, let alone if it helps with sleeping.

keep up the good work.


SH@W Science , Honesty @ Work Posted On:2017-08-23 15:37:35

 The different ways the machine can be used in your Sons condition based on what you have said  .....

Here are the basic ways this machine should be used for safe results …

Physio / Therapy

(1)  Just sitting in front of the machine in a chair with your feet on the platform, a little apart in a comfortable, natural position.

 Machine on lowest speed, running for 10 minutes, hands holding onto your knees.
Time: 10 minutes twice day.

 This improves circulation throughout the body and is a safe position for everyone.  It can relieve pain in joints, including shoulder/upper body as the hands on knees position transfers vibration gently to the upper body as well as feet on platform transfers to the lower body.  Helps with relaxation and sleep.

(2) Just standing upright on the machine, on its lowest speed. Best use is for balance and circulation. You can stand completely upright or with relaxed knees, slight squat, which feels more comfortable for many people.
MUST - Hold onto a solid chair or rail

This gives some strength training, circulation etc.... but also reinforces the central nervous system that usually facilitates balance.


NEVER turn the speed up unless you talk to me first. Always remember....... everything on the adverts selling those units is a lie. The information is random and just so wrong I would not know where to start clearing it up.


Faye Posted On:2017-08-23 09:38:52

Its a Ti Lite, had it specially made for him, hes 6ft 3 and 100kgs so a large man  44yrs old.

Because hes having more trouble lately with circulation we thought something like this may work for him in the home, hes been wheelchair bound for 24 years.

thanks for the feed back.

SH@W Science , Honesty @ Work Posted On:2017-08-22 18:31:37
Yes Pivotal Vibration Therapy is perfect for your Son. And those who designed them in 1996 had special cases in mind.

What kind of wheelchair does you son have ?

Faye Posted On:2017-08-22 14:10:59

Hi there

I have a son in a wheelchair, a tetraplegic, can stand but only holding onto a bar.  My question is would the power fit vibration machine that is currently popular here be ok for him to use sitting in his wheelchair

He has had a blood clot many years ago and is on blood thinners, has high blood pressure as well.  We are hoping to find something he can use at home, goes to the gym but for cardio.

many thanks


SH@W Science , Honesty @ Work Posted On:2017-08-21 19:54:19

 What program are you following ?  Poses , speeds etc.....

Sharon Bass Posted On:2017-08-20 17:00:57

Hello, I recently bought a ZAAZ vibration machine I seem to suffering from bad headache and dizziness. Is this normal while my body is trying to get use to something new. Thank you Sharon 

Lloyd Shaw Posted On:2017-07-09 18:21:33
Sal ...
Pretty simple.
Upper body .... Keep it under 15 hz for upper body. I keep it on 10 hz for upper body and just really work on my static form.

Lower body ...... Anything over 22 and most form is lost. I love 18 hz and got great development from that Fq.

Sal Posted On:2017-07-08 19:14:19



i recently purchased a second hand gravity revolution machine, but it came with no manual. Can you tell me what frequencies I should be using for upper   And lower body  .  The posters you have in site say low medium or high frequencies, but I the GR shows numbers so am unsure of which to choose

Lloyd Shaw Posted On:2017-07-06 21:15:21

 Hello George...

I heard there is an ex-Demo HyperVibe performance. ..And you are a runner. So that would be my pick. I do not rate the new HyperVibes at all.

Di Heap / VibePlus Posted On:2017-07-06 12:32:42

George, to answer your questions

GravityHQ haven’t gone out of business but are taking a break for 6 months to a year for rest and medical reasons (recommended by Lloyd Shaw). They have a new machine, Revolution 2, that has real force (a new thing for a pivotal machine) that could well be what you are looking for, for training purposes, but it’s not available yet. I have been fortunate to trial it and its very good.

The machines that Elite Fitness sell, HyperVibe;  in the industry there is general consensus that value for money is lacking. Just my opinion also but I don’t recommend. But if you can get an original, older HyperVibe machine (would have to be second-hand) this might be suitable for general training purposes.


There are little pivotal machines without a pole that are great for therapy uses and can also be used for basic training.  I can help you with one of these if wanted (I don’t sell machines now but I can easily get a quality one for you). Contact me, search Di at VibePlus.

You haven’t stated your goals or anything about your needs or any physical limitations – but if you are wanting a home use, Premium Speed Pivotal training machine and need to buy now, my recommendation is Cardiotech CV9. You would need to import one from Cardiotech in Australia which I’m told isn’t difficult.  You can contact me or Lloyd Shaw of Vibra-Train for advice and to be sent to the right person in Australia to arrange this.

If you are in Auckland visit Vibra-Train in Victoria Street West and we will give you free advice and have machines you can try. We do not sell machines, can just point you in the right direction for your needs. Note: we do not receive compensation, it’s just good to know people get the best machine for their needs.

Read article here:

George Posted On:2017-07-05 17:25:00

I am trying to buy a vibration machine. I want to buy in NZ, not second hand and quality. I dont want to spend 10k but 4 is ok. GravityHq is out of business. Is Elitefitness with the Q10,14,17 and performance my only options. Help.

Di Heap / VibePlus Posted On:2017-06-22 12:44:18

Trudi, To clarify – when looking at a person using a vibration machine the machine’s quality and power is not obvious by how much the person or the machine appears to be moving.

·         On a High Energy Lineal (heavy steel and quality construction), the machine has no obvious movement and the person looks like they are not moving at all – but there is direct response in the muscles targeted = excellent machine quality, workout and therapy

·        On a Premium Speed Pivotal machine, it might look like the machine and person are moving a lot from side to side Or it might look like more of a shallow sideways rumble; depending on the position the person is in and the speed they have set affects how far each side of the platform moves up and down.
Note: Higher speed, less obvious machine movement is not always better. Using the machine correctly for your needs and holding perfect position is key. These machines are good quality for therapy use and for workouts.

·         On a Medium Energy Lineal machine like the video’s you watched, it might appear that the machine and person are not moving Or it might look like random shaking. These machines are usually plastic construction so have a lot less force/power into the muscles being targeted. This is the category of machine that you see people moving around on so their movement makes up for what the machine lower force cannot achieve.

·         Low Speed Pivotal machine. These machines often look like they are moving and the person is moving a lot.  This is no indication of quality as they are light, plastic machines usually with low force. They range from the small oval units sold at the mall to larger platforms with a front post and sometimes big rounded handle bars to hold for support. This category is the one most accompanied by fake specifications and outright lies like having 99 speeds or even 200 speeds. These machines run at around 12Hz (12 times a second) so 200 speeds is tiny increments and simply a sales pitch.
Important that they are well designed and good construction to provide some force not just movement. These machines are best suited for therapy and circulation. They can be used for small training benefits with a proper program followed exactly.

Note: In many YouTube videos the machine is not turned on. It doesn’t always need to be to demonstrate the position or program.


Trudi Posted On:2017-06-18 11:46:37

As always, thanks for your response.  I certainly wouldnt have tried any of those things on my Gravity HQ, but nice to know its safest not to.  I figured it wasnt a very high powered platform when you couldnt really even tell when its turned on in the video....

SH@W Science , Honesty @ Work Posted On:2017-06-15 15:11:26


It should be noted.

 On Dr Mercola's own site. Following his recommendations on how to choose of a machine to use.

You would NOT move on a powerful steel machine like he describes. But Power Plate do not sell anymore.....?

Solid steel construction. Avoid plastic platforms as they can and do break.

Adequate weight limit. If it can't handle your weight, it can break or strain to run at a lower intensity level.




An update on...

Walter Richard Christian Matthews
Walter Matthews
Waldo Matthews
Walty Matthews
He has been kicked out of the second studio he was involved in Perth , Australia. With a repeat performance of the last episode.

The actual legal owners of the equipment and company Vibra Nation PTY LTD ( also known as Vibra Cafe )  have been in direct contact with me, to confirm every prediction that was made, and warning given, was 100% accurate. And I articulated to them their protection of him was understandable, considering the investment made in him.

I would advise anyone being approached to do business with this man, contact the owners of that studio. 

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