Training with the LIV treatment system stimulates and strengthens the bones and boosts stability. The movement also improves circulation and helps build up the muscles. The resulting mobility, balance and postural stability enable people to move more freely. This renewed vitality is particularly welcome in later life.
Vitality in old age
As we age, our vitality decreases as our vital processes don’t run as well as in our younger years. If you wish to remain healthy and retain or regain your quality of life, you need to be active. Muscles and bones are of key importance here and both need training to enable their load-bearing ability and their interaction with each other.
The body is intuitive and provides as much in terms of muscles and bones as it needs to: the more you do, the more they develop to keep you active. The reverse is also true: if you do not actively train your muscles and bones, they break down and you age faster in physical terms.
Metabolic and degenerative disorders (for example, osteoporosis or age-related muscle weakness) accompany and accelerate these processes from middle age onwards and limit vitality even more. Further declining physical activity leads in turn to advanced breakdown of muscles and bones. The Marodyne LIV treatment system counteracts this process of decline by boosting muscle and bone build up – thus restoring vitality.
Vitality and muscles
As part of the ageing process, the body breaks down the core muscles in a barely perceptible way over many years. This can be observed in the vitality and activity of the type 2A muscle fibres which form a vital part of our muscular system as their primary role is to enable short-term, high-power output of the muscles. They are also key to the formation and quality of bone.
Activity of type 2A muscle fibres
The activity of the type 2A muscle fibres is particularly relevant to the skeletal muscles, cardiovascular system, blood flow in the veins and the lymphatic system. In the area of the calf muscles, they are crucially involved in functions such as balance and postural stability.
In short, our vitality and important metabolic processes depend on the activity of the type 2A muscle fibres – we call them the ‘little heroes of vitality’. From middle age onwards, however, these special muscle fibres become fewer and less active. This is where the Low Intensity Vibration (LIV) training comes in by promoting the build-up of these muscles and giving them new strength. This process works best when stimulated at a specific level – gentle vibration at 30 Hz to be precise, as delivered by LIV. Stimulating the type 2A muscle fibres at this level counteracts age-related decline in muscle strength (sarcopenia) and promotes muscle build-up, particularly in the calf muscles which play a key role in falls prevention.
Muscle fibres – the little heroes of vitality
Muscles are lot more than what we see on our arms, legs or behind. Our muscles consist of muscle cells and muscle fibres with various characteristics – they are microscopically small parts of the body that make up the muscles. And these muscle fibres, they are the little heroes of vitality. They are what determine our activity.
A look inside
Your body has many different types of muscle fibres which have adapted to perform different tasks including strength, flexibility, speed, endurance and stability.
Consider two fundamentally different sportspeople – a marathon runner and a boxer - both very fit and strong. A marathon runner must be able to endure running for many hours. On the other hand, a boxer needs strength to hit hard in a fraction of a second. Different muscle fibres are called for to trigger and perform the different tasks. Both sportspeople “consciously” train various muscles – in these cases for endurance and strength – while also “unconsciously” training various types of muscle fibre. Muscle training isn’t just for elite athletes or the super fit: everybody’s body needs trained muscles to remain healthy and vital. And behind even the biggest muscles are the small type 2A muscle fibres – those little heroes of vitality – who need constant stimulation and training to do their job.
We don’t control every muscle movement consciously: many muscles and muscle fibres work subconsciously such as our heartbeat, breathing, digestion or the valves in the veins of our calves which assist blood flow. These all move and work without us having to do anything. Everyone knows that the heart is a strong muscle. But who contemplates how much power is needed for it to beat all the time? Or how the blood comes out of the legs, against gravity, back up to the heart? A large number of these functions that occur naturally in the body are controlled by vitality and force stimuli of the muscle fibres; they keep our body active – even if they work inside us, largely unnoticed.
Type 2A muscle fibres
Believe it or not, your whole body “buzzes and hums” and is always moving, even when you’re asleep or resting. This constant movement is powered by three main types of muscle fibre which work in different ways to trigger and process activity through tiny spasms. The undetectable spasms of these muscle fibres are natural contractions or forces and movement that cannot be influenced deliberately (ie you can’t control them).
Vitality in old age is largely determined by the vitality of these muscle fibres and their ability to perform their different tasks in the musculoskeletal system where their role in building up bones is key for strength and postural stability. These muscle fibres move quickly to apply the tiny force stimuli needed boost bone and muscle activity. And key to all this is the fact that although you can’t change your age, you CAN change the activity level of your muscle fibres by stimulating their action with low intensity vibration training.
Type 2A muscle fibres
Muscle fibre type 1 – slow-twitch
The first type of muscle fibre which we differentiate is the type 1 fibre: these fibres are for slow contractions (therefore slow-twitch – slowly twitching at about 10 Hz). They can maintain the muscle contraction for a long period of time.
Muscle fibre type 2A - fast-twitch
Fast twitch muscle fibres are split into two types: type 2A and type 2B. Type 2A muscle fibres are known for their capacity to transmit action quickly and powerfully. These fibres are responsible for fast muscle contractions; they are highly active and fast-twitching at a frequency of about 20 to 40 Hz.
Muscle fibre type 2B – fast-twitch
These muscle fibres tire quickly but can generate the most power and strength. They are the fastest reacting muscle fibre type and work at a frequency of about 50 to 100 Hz.
LIV training and frequency
Vibration training can be set at several frequencies with different levels achieving different outcomes. For therapeutic use and to trigger the all-important type 2A muscle fibres that will help build up muscle strength and bone density, the optimum frequency is 30 Hz. Professor Clinton Rubin has done exhaustive research on this since the beginning of the 1980s and has concluded that 30 Hz is the ideal frequency to help build up muscles and bones, in an age-compatible way, gently and safely. This is like the natural operational frequency of the type 2A muscles fibres which are highly active and fast-twitch at a frequency between 20 to 40 Hz. By working at the average value, the LIV treatment system both simulates and stimulates the activity of these muscle fibres, maximising their force potential and ability to activate the muscles and bones.
Vitality for muscles and bones
The activity of type 2A muscle fibres is key to ensuring a healthy metabolism and triggering muscle and bone building processes. Declining activity of the muscles as we age leads to muscle weakness (sarcopenia) while lack of bone building stimuli can lead to osteoporosis.
Using the LIV treatment system to maintain type 2A muscle fibre activity ensures ongoing interaction between muscles and bones. This in itself helps boost bone and muscle health while the increased strength and stability enable people to take regular exercise to further promote bone build-up, improve circulation and strengthen muscles.
Being active can help build up your muscles and the stability of your bones: let LIV help you gain sufficient strength to do this and, in turn, restore your vitality.
Activity of 2A muscle fibres
The activity of muscle fibres declines with age – especially that of the important type 2A muscle fibres. The aim of the LIV treatment is to activate these muscle fibres, to support and maintain their function » more