LIV - Low Intensity Vibration
LIV stands for Low Intensity Vibration, the latest treatment that is medically approved for safe and effective treatment of osteoporosis, age-related muscle weakness (sarcopenia) and other disorders where muscle strength and nerve activity are compromised. By addressing osteoporosis and muscle weakness, LIV can assist in falls prevention. By addressing muscle weakness and nerve disorders, LIV can help ease mobility problems associated with osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s Disease, fibromyalgia, neuropathy and Multiple Sclerosis.
The key aspects of LIV treatment
- Proven results, medically approved, backed by substantial independent, peer reviewed research
- Builds/strengthens core muscles
- Builds high-quality bone substance/improves bone density
- Promotes bone quality in order to reduce the risk of fractures
- Treatment for osteoporosis without medication
- Stimulates metabolism to boost bones and muscles
- Supports postural stability, balance and coordination – assists in Falls Prevention
- Reassigns stem cell, (MSC’s) back to bone cell formation – as when we were younger
- Suppresses stem cell formation of new fat
- Comes with full safety certificates
- Approved for use at home
What is so special about it?
The most special aspect of the Marodyne LIV which sets it apart from other therapies is the fine stimuli which ensure a high degree of safety and tolerance by users. By perfecting the safe delivery of these fine stimuli, Marodyne LIV has made the benefits of low intensity vibration accessible to everyone, including vulnerable people such as the elderly, infirm, disabled and those incapacitated by disease or pain.
Safe and reliable
The LIV treatment system works at a frequency of 30 Hz. A stimulus of 0.4 g is applied at the base (soles of the feet), around 0.1 g is released into the leg area and 0.3 g is passed on to the hips and spinal column. These stimuli are completely natural and mimic the mechanical movement stimuli of a young, healthy body.
These vibrations are delivered at a very low amplitude of only 0.1 mm and this level of stimulus has been scientifically proven to activate and build up the cells of bones and muscles. The Marodyne LIV device is fitted with a microprocessor control to ensure it adjusts automatically to suit each person who uses it.
Professor Viktor Frankel assessed the benefits and meaningfulness of the LIV treatment system within the scope of a comparative study. “Of all the devices for exercise therapy on offer, only those with a vibration frequency of 20-40 Hz and 0.3–0.4 g gravitational acceleration were able to prove scientifically that osteoporosis can be prevented and treated as a result of their use,” he says. “Blood flow and muscle mass were increased (especially type 2a muscle fibres). The treatment is risk-free and meets the requirements of the ISO standard.” (Frankel V.: Biomechanical Approach to Osteoporosis, lecture at BG Accident Clinic, Murnau, Germany 2005).
Building up bone substance and muscle performance
Studies have proved that a considerable increase in bone mineral density can be achieved with Marodyne LIV treatment. For example, women with a low body mass index (BMI) - a group that is especially at risk from fractures – have been shown in research by Rubin, Recker et al. (2004) to gain a relative increase in bone mineral density in the lumbar spine of 1.5% and in the thigh bone (where it meets the hip bone) of 2.2% after one year. These figures show that Marodyne LIV treatment can achieve similar gains as drugs – but without any of the side effects or concerns associated with taking medication.
Objective 1: reduce the risk of osteoporosis by building bone density and improving bone quality – particularly in the spinal column and hip areas which are at most risk.
Objective 2: reduce the risk of falling by building up the calf muscles to counteract the age-related reduction in muscle performance (sarcopenia) in the lower leg.
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The treatment is gentle and safe because the stimuli are small and easily tolerated. Marodyne LIV is the only medical product in the world that generates stimuli of 0.4 g constantly at 30 Hz and an amplitude of approximately 0.1 mm.