8 Disadvantages of Vibration Machines

You’ve been hearing a lot about vibration machines and how great they are for your health, but you’re not sure if they’re right for you.

Before you buy a vibration plate, it’s essential to know the disadvantages of vibration machines to make an informed decision.

Power plates have many benefits, but there are also some side effects that you should be aware of before purchasing. This blog post will discuss the disadvantages of vibration machines and what you need to know before buying one.

That’s how to avoid buyers’ regret and ensure safe, practical training.

Possible Disadvantages and Side Effects of Vibration Machines

1. Noise

Some vibration machines can be pretty loud.

If you live by yourself, this may not be a problem. However, if you have young children or are trying to sleep during the day, the noise from a power plate or other vibration machine can be quite disruptive.

The solution is simple: 

If you’re looking for a quiet vibration machine, do your research and read reviews before buying.

Power plates can range from 50 to 65 decibels, which is as loud as a normal conversation. If you want a vibration plate that won’t disrupt your family or disturb your sleep, look for a power plate with lower decibel levels.

There’s an even more complicated problem, though:

Some people find the vibration itself to be quite loud. If you are sensitive to noise, you may want to try out a power plate before you buy it to see if the noise is too much for you. Alternatively, you can look for a video of that vibration plate in use.

2. Dizziness

side effects of power plates

Your power plate can also cause dizziness or nausea. 

If you have any medical conditions that this type of movement could exacerbate, you must speak with your doctor before using a vibration machine.

Here’s why that happens: 

When you stand on a power plate, the vibrations cause your body to move in a precise way. This motion can cause your inner ear to become confused and dizzy.

Warning: Stop immediately if you experience dizziness or nausea while using a power plate. If you don’t see any improvements with a bit of rest, consult your doctor.

Pro tip: It’s also important to start slowly when first using a power plate:

  • Don’t stand on the machine for more than a few minutes at a time. 
  • Gradually increase your time as you get used to the sensation.

3. Muscle Fatigue

Here’s how vibration plates work: they cause your muscles to contract and relax rapidly. That can lead to muscle fatigue. 

If you’re not used to this type of exercise, it’s essential to start slowly and increase the intensity gradually. Otherwise, you may find yourself too sore to continue using the machine.

As with any exercise, there are some risks associated with vibration machines. 

However, these risks can be minimized by following the manufacturer’s instructions and starting slowly. If you have any concerns, speak with your doctor before using a power plate or other vibration machine.

4. Knock-Offs

dangers of vibration machines

There are many knock-off vibration machines on the market. While these products may be cheaper, they may also be of lower quality.

Therefore, they:

  • Are less effective.
  • May cause dizziness or headaches.
  • Make you more prone to injury because they’re less stable.

Remember: Purchase your power plate from a reputable dealer to ensure you’re getting a high-quality product.

5. Worsening Preexisting Conditions 

If you have a preexisting medical condition, using a power plate or other vibration machine may worsen your condition. 

Some examples of conditions that could be worsened by using a power plate include:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord injuries

Contact your GP before using a power plate or other vibration machine if you have any concerns.

6. Limited Effectiveness 

While power plates and other vibration machines offer many benefits, they’re not a panacea. 

They won’t magically make you lose weight or give you toned muscles. 

You need to commit to a healthy diet and regular exercise routine to see results. Power plates can be a great addition to your workout routine, but they’re not a replacement for healthy eating and exercise.

7. Brain Damage

can vibration plates damage your brain?

There is evidence that vibration can cause brain damage. 

One study shows that high frequencies and prolonged exposure to vibration can produce brain injuries. Of course, this research talks about 6-8 hours/ day and above 100 Hz. 

Your fitness power plate doesn’t have that intensity, and you’re probably not going to use it for hours each day. Still, if you have preexisting brain trauma, discuss this potential risk with your doctor and choose a low-vibrating machine.

8. Stability

Standing on a vibration plate isn’t for anyone. If you have balance problems, power plates are probably not for you. 

If you want to use a power plate, be sure to:

  • Wear grippy, supportive shoes.
  • Start slowly and increase the intensity gradually as you master the motion.
  • Use the machine on a flat, level surface.
  • Stop immediately if you feel dizzy or nauseous.


Vibration machines have become a popular exercise tool in recent years, but there are some disadvantages that you should be aware of. 

They can cause joint pain, muscle soreness, dizziness, and nausea. Besides, vibration plates can increase your risk of injury, as you may lose your balance and fall off the machine. Finally, vibration machines are often loud, making it difficult to use them in a quiet setting. 

However, as long as you use the power plate safely and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, you can minimize the risks and enjoy the many benefits of power plate exercise.

Don’t forget to do your research and choose a quality vibration machine with good reviews.

Happy power plating!

Mary D. Brown

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