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Low Intensity Vibration Therapy for Care Home Residents Launches in UK

A medically-approved device that uses low-intensity vibration (LIV) to help redevelop bone and muscle tissue, restore postural control and improve balance and mobility is launching in the UK. Approved for therapeutic use, Marodyne delivers safe, gentle and consistent vertical vibrations to help restore motion to joints, redevelop muscles, facilitate bone healing, increase bone mineral density, prevent and reverse the complications of osteoporosis and ease osteoarthritis.

Marodyne is the only low-intensity vibration solution for patients that is backed by decades of preclinical and clinical trials, supported by a leading Scientific Advisory Board and considered safe by OSHA and ISO Standards. It is certified as a class 2a medical device under the Medical Device Directive 93/42/ EEC Annex II and is the only LIV or WBV (Whole Body Vibration) medical device in the world to meet the standards set in ISO 2631 for mechanical vibration. It has no contra-indications or side effects.

Sheila Scott OBE, former care home owner and recently retired as the National Care Association CEO, says: “I immediately saw the potential of low intensity vibration therapy for the elderly.  Those who are physically inactive and unable to exercise will benefit from the boost in circulation and cell stimulation provided by this low intensity vibration training.  The fact everyone in a care home setting could use the device and you only need 10 minutes per person means all residents could use it daily. If I were managing a care home today I’d be very keen to offer the Marodyne LIV treatment.” 

People simply stand on the Marodyne platform while its ‘smart’ technology automatically adjusts to deliver even and optimal cycles at 30 contractions per second. Marodyne uses a microprocessor to control and maintain sound waves that output 0.4g acceleration to any user. This precise low acceleration, low level vibration is transmitted at a high frequency (30Hz), mimicking the small high frequency contractions exerted by muscles onto the bone. These small forces have a direct effect upon the growth, health and renewal of musculoskeletal tissues involving networks of cells that are sensitive to chemical, biological and mechanical signals. 

LIV should not be confused with Whole Body Vibration (WBV) which exerts a high acceleration, high level vibration of well over 1g and is generally unsuitable for the elderly or infirm.

Four key areas where LIV can help the elderly: 

Osteoporosis – by maintaining and increasing bone mineral density, speeding up bone healing, and increasing the quality of fracture repair. 

Osteoarthritis – by improving metabolism, boosting blood flow and helping ensure the nutrients necessary for cartilage formation are pumped efficiently into the joint cavity. 

Falls Prevention – by stimulating and restoring the dynamic action of muscle fibres in the legs which help to give better balance, postural reflexes and co-ordination while improving muscle strength and stimulating new muscle growth.

Active Ageing – by stimulating blood circulation and lymphatic flow and improving leg strength it encourages mobility, flexibility and independence. 

For further information please visit www.marodyne.com

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