The Benefits of Vibration + Foam Rolling By Dr. Mike Clark
The benefits of foam rolling are widely known by many people, however few know the reasons behind the value in adding vibration to the equation. To simplify, the body’s muscular system functions as a result of connective tissue that provides a network of support and structure for the body: the fascia. The fascia in our bodies determines how we move, our perception of pain, our posture and the overall functionality of our muscular system. When our fascia is compressed through the application of pressure from foam rolling, the golgi tendon organs are stimulated which provides an inhibitory effect on the muscle spindles, allowing for better tissue flexibility. This is commonly referred to as myofascial release, which ultimately prevents muscle aches, improves recovery of the muscles, increases physical mobility, flexibility and thereby our performance.
Combining vibration at a certain frequency with the pressure and muscle stimulation from foam rolling, the nervous system is inhibited as the muscle spindle has a difficult time responding to frequency over 30 HZ. This increases flexibility and range of motion, which should be utilized as part of movement preparation prior to performing a dynamic warm up. Foam rolling and vibration post-activity also helps the muscle recover quicker and improves restoration of the loss of range of motion, which naturally occurs with intense activity.
The VYPER by Hyperice is the first tool that successfully combines high-intensity vibration with a compact outer shell, or “foam” roller, to deliver these optimal results. The VYPER uses a rechargeable high-powered lithium ion battery, (the same type of battery that powers a Tesla), to deliver three different frequency levels through a high-performance air injected (eco-friendly) polypropylene shell. It’s designed to lengthen muscles and increase circulation, helping reduce soreness and stiffness in muscles for better recovery. The VYPER takes the experience of “foam rolling” to another level, and is used by several of the world’s elite professional athletes.
"I'm always looking to challenge and push my body to the next level. The VYPER helps me prepare my body so I can train at a high level and helps me recover faster so I can get back at it the next day. I use the VYPER every day to keep my body in peak condition." - Adrian Peterson, NFL MVP
"As an athlete I am always looking for the best tools and technology to help keep my body healthy. The VYPER prepares my body for training and helps my muscles recover after games. It is an essential part of my routine and enables my body to perform at the highest level through the grind of a long season. - Blake Griffin, NBA All-Star
After all the years of wear and tear on the body, people end up losing range of motion and flexibility and most active people want to regain this range of motion so they can continue to do the things they want to (and used to) be able to do.
The VYPER allows one to move better, and help others move better. The effects for those who are active are truly remarkable.