The Fit Bodybuffer: Your New Fitness Tool

Kick-Start your Fitness Routine & Speed your Muscle Recovery

BelleCore bodybuffers’ multidirectional oscillating shear forces combined with pulsed vibration result in a significant increase in tissue perfusion/temperature after only 15 seconds of treatment. This short video using Thermal imaging shows how this change in blood flow and temperature in the outer thigh persists and spreads after treatment has ended.

True deep tissue massage in general is uncomfortable, often even painful. Building on present knowledge of the interplay of pain and mechanoreceptors in muscles and joints, BelleCore has taken mechanical massage to the next level, enabling practitioners, therapists and individuals to get deeper faster due to better tolerance. Unlike the usual back and forth or bi-directional movement of most oscillating or vibrating devices, the multidirectional oscillating and vibratory shear forces of the bodybuffer are less irritating and even pacify the pain and mechanoreceptors omnipresent in every muscle, ligament and joint.

The circular eccentric orbital movement and the specific surface area of the bodybuffer are perceived to be gentler, thus more readily accepted on soft and connective tissue, allowing a more intense, vigorous massage which assists joint and connective tissue healing: Injured joints/tissues are usually swollen and therefore ‘stiff’ and immobile. The bodybuffers’ multidirectional oscillating and vibratory shear forces stimulate/manipulate the pain and mechanoreceptors, thereby reducing pain perception. The bodybuffers help to reduce soft tissue edema associated with inflammatory processes, re-mobilize tissue layers, thus allow an earlier return to physiologic function no longer compromised by pain, edema or tissue adhesion/ scarring.

ADVANTAGES

  • Ergonomic design, powerful enough for professional use, easy and safe for individual home use
  • Smaller foot print than most oscillators allows for more targeted therapies (IT band, plantar fasciitis)
  • Larger surface area than most vibrating devices results in better tolerance (pacification of pain and mechanoreceptors)
  • Multi-directional shear forces provide easy and effective myofascial release without additional manipulation
  • Faster, more effective and longer lasting increase in perfusion/warm up of tissues
  • FDA registered and listed as 510(k) Class 1 exempt device, CE certified, universal motor, detachable 9 foot cord

THERMAL IMAGING

Manual Massage vs Bodybuffer Massage
Manual
Inner thigh
Manual massage for 15 seconds
 
Immediately after manual massage

Bodybuffer
Inner thigh
Bodybuffer massage for 15 seconds
 
Immediately after bodybuffer massage

 3 minutes after bodybuffer massage
10 minutes after bodybuffer massage

Tissue perfusion increases,
muscle tension and soreness decrease,
speeding recovery

PROFESSIONAL FEEDBACK

How Practitioners are using BelleCore bodybuffers

 

Dr. Nathan Riddle
Chiropractor, New York

I pre-treat with the BelleCore bodybuffer before adjustment to the spine and patients love it.

 

Wendy Hanan
LMT

Using the BelleCore babyBelle bodybuffer on shoulders, knees, feet and ankles allows freeing of scar tissue and other fascial restrictions that just can’t be addressed as completely in any other fashion I have found. Using the bodybuffer on the viscera has non-stop benefits. It releases scar tissue from old surgeries, releases fascial restrictions around ribs, etc. I have personally used the bodybuffers on many varied, “issues” on many different body types of individuals with a variety of health issues over the last three years with nothing but positive results.

I’ve been a therapist for twenty years and have tried but never incorporated a mechanical device because they have all been too, “jarring” and did not have lasting results. The design of the BelleCore bodybuffer is perfect for achieving lasting therapeutic results.

 

Dr. Richard L. Green
The Spine & Injury Center, Boston
President and Chiropractor

I highly recommend BelleCore bodybuffers for treating musculoskeletal conditions. I use BelleCore bodybuffers in my practice to prepare the soft tissue for the many manual and soft tissue techniques that I perform on my patients. The bodybuffer helps increase circulation and basically warms up the areas that I will be treating. Many of my patients have personally purchased the BelleCore bodybuffer after having used it in my office.

 

David Evrard
The Ageless Athlete L.L.C.
Author/Sport Scientist

Occasionally a device designed to provide relief for one purpose has unintended therapeutic uses. BelleCore bodybuffers are one of those devices.

We have been using the two different size bodybuffers as adjunct therapy tools for over ten months for treatment of a wide variety of conditions:

1. Range of motion therapy.
2. Treating Lymphedema and reducing edema.
3. Providing relief from chronic musculoskeletal cramps.
4. Stimulating muscle and tendon healing.
5. Treating Plantar Fasciitis.
6. Preparation of patients for strength exercises.

Many uses overlap and act synergistically as tissues respond to the buffers mechanical action.

The first use of the buffers I was associated with was in treating painfully tight IT bands in an elite female alpine ski racer. She reported that her therapist could provide relief for ten days after an hour of excruciatingly painful deep tissue massage and foam roller treatment. After one, 40 minute treatment with the bodybuffer, her IT bands became relaxed and supple. After three treatments the tightness was resolved. Critical to both the therapist and the patient is the time saving and relatively pain free nature of the therapy.

In another particularly successful case, an elderly male athlete presented with a flexion contracture of seven degrees in his right knee. This patient was one year post-op from total joint revision surgery. He had been receiving intermittent PT treatments utilizing a 40lb hanging weight, without measurable improvement.

Treatment 1
A 20 minute application of the small buffer with light pressure starting with the plantar surface of the foot proceeding superior to the Achilles tendon and posterior calf muscle. Followed by a circumferential treatment of the knee (with emphasis on the posterior knee anatomy), proceeding superior to include the hamstring. The clinician focused on stimulating circulation and releasing skin/fascia that was scarred down. This was followed by 20 minutes of ice and elevation. His range of motion was measured with a goniometer and he had gained one degree of extension.

Treatment 2
Was performed for 30 minutes, with the application of progressive pressure using the large buffer on the larger muscles and the small buffer for detail work over an identical area listed for the first treatment. Work was again focused on the posterior anatomy of the knee. Followed by ice and elevation for 20 minutes. The patient’s range of motion was measured, and an additional improvement of three degrees was observed.

Treatment 3
The large and small buffers were used deeply on all areas covered by the first two treatments with special care employed to avoid irritating any bony prominences. Continuous motion was used to avoid the accumulation of heat from friction. Treatment was followed with 20 minutes of ice and elevation and his contracture measured with the goniometer. The patient had gained a full seven degrees of ROM from his original presentation and his knee had straightened to neutral.

Note
The patient moved from the area and was lost to treatment. He purchased a bodybuffer of his own and reports that he now has three degrees of recurvatum and his gait cycle is normal.

We could report on case after case of unexpected success with patients that had given up on re-gaining their range of motion but space is limited.

It has become apparent that the rotational and orbital action of the buffers provides a penetrating, shearing action and that this action softens scar tissue, releases musculoskeletal adhesions, releases pockets of unmetabolized drug and/or unmetabolized metabolic waste and stimulates circulation. Remarkably, this occurs without the associated pain/bruising/swelling of other therapeutic range of motion techniques.

The bodybuffers have become an integral part of our practice and creative techniques continually appear for the utilization of these tools in the clinical setting. Use of the bodybuffers keeps patients happier and more enthusiastic for their treatments. For Physical Therapists and their assistants, use of these tools adds a welcome option to treatment plans.

 

After 90 seconds of simultaneous massage

  • Zone 1
    Hand
    Manipulated
    Massage
  • Zone 2
    Untreated
  • Zone 3
    Bodybuffer
    Massage
In Zone 3
Tissue perfusion increases,
muscle tension and soreness decrease,
speeding recovery

SPORTS RECOVERY and MUSCLE PERFORMANCE

The beneficial effects of massage on sore muscles have been documented in numerous medical and scientific journals. Most agree that deep tissue massage action will increase circulation, flush out metabolic waste (such as lactic acid) and increase lymphatic flow – all of which aid in muscle recovery. Recent research suggests that early massage of exercise-induced muscle damage can improve muscle strength and positional awareness (proprioception) by mechanically manipulating superficial muscle layers.

Bodybuffers are effective, powerful muscle massagers for both high performance athletes and weekend warriors. Their demanding, daily training invariably leads to intra-muscular build up of metabolic waste as well as exercise-induced muscle damage which can result in prolonged muscle soreness.

The bodybuffer’s strong vibratory massage reaches the deep, soft tissues, small and large muscle groups enhancing blood flow, lymphatic flow and oxygen supply. These actions help dissipate and flush out metabolic waste products.

When the metabolic waste is expelled, recovery is accelerated thus enhancing performance.

As the bodybuffer’s deep vibrating massage action focuses directly on the muscles, using the bodybuffer pre-exercise to warm up muscles will not inflict any stress on the joints (unlike the extreme stretching many still employ pre-exercise). Using the bodybuffer post-exercise (as described above) helps flush metabolic waste from the muscles and enhances tissue perfusion with fresh, oxygenated blood. Additionally, the stimulation to the lymphatic system helps reduce edema/abnormal swelling.

For best results, use the bodybuffer before and after exercise routines on a relaxed muscle. Adjustment in body position allows one to relax the individual muscle groups targeted. Specifically, the buttocks – gluteal and periformis muscles, thighs – quadriceps and hamstrings, calf – gastrocnemius and soleus and arms – triceps and biceps.

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE : STUDIES

STUDY 1
Smith L.L.,   Keating M.N.,   Holbert D,   Spratt D.J.,   Smith S.S.,  
McCammon M.R.,   Israel R.G., (1994)
Effects of Athletic Massage on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness,
Creatine Kinase, and Neutrophil Count.
Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (19, 93-99)

Method

It was hypothesized that athletic massage administered 2 hours after eccentric exercise would disrupt an initial crucial event in acute inflammation, the accumulation of neutrophils. This would result in a diminished inflammatory response and a concomitant reduction in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and serum creatine kinase (CK). Untrained males were randomly assigned to a massage or control group. All performed five sets of isokinetic eccentric exercise of the elbow flexors and extensors. Two hours after exercise, massage subjects received a 30-minute athletic massage; control subjects rested. Delayed onset muscle soreness and CK were assessed before exercise and at 8, 24, 48, 72, 96, and 120 hours after exercise. Circulating neutrophils were assessed before and immediately after exercise, and at 30-minute intervals for 8 hours; cortisol was assessed before and immediately after exercise, and at 30-minute intervals for 8 hours; CK was assessed at similar times.

Result

A trend analysis revealed a significant treatment by time interaction effect for:
1. DOMS, with the massage group reporting reduced levels
2. CK, with the massage group displaying reduced levels
3. neutrophils, with the massage group displaying a prolonged elevation and
4. cortisol, with the massage group showing a diminished diurnal reduction.

The results of this study suggest that sports massage will reduce DOMS and CK when administered 2 hours after the termination of eccentric exercise. This may be due to a reduced emigration of neutrophils and/or higher levels of serum cortisol.

 

STUDY 2
Zainuddin, Z.  Newton, M.  Sacco, P.  Nosaka, K. (2005)
Effects of Massage on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, Swelling,
and Recovery of Muscle Function.
J Athl Train (40, 174-80)

Method

This study tested the hypothesis that massage applied after eccentric exercise would effectively alleviate delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) without affecting muscle function. We used an arm-to-arm comparison model with 2 independent variables (control and massage) and 6 dependent variables (maximal isometric and isokinetic voluntary strength, range of motion, upper arm circumference, plasma creatine kinase activity, and muscle soreness). A 2-way repeated-measures analysis of variance and paired t-tests were used to examine differences in changes of the dependent variable over time between control and massage conditions. Ten healthy subjects with no history of upper arm injury and no experience in resistance training, performed 10 sets of 6 maximal isokinetic eccentric actions of the elbow flexors with each arm on a dynamometer, separated by 2 weeks. One arm received 10 minutes of massage 3 hours after eccentric exercise; the contralateral arm received no treatment.

Result

Delayed-onset muscle soreness was significantly less for the massage condition for peak soreness in extending the elbow joint and palpating the brachioradialis muscle. Soreness while flexing the elbow joint and palpating the brachialis muscle was also less with massage. Massage treatment had significant effects on plasma creatine kinase activity, with a significantly lower peak value at 4 days post exercise , and upper arm circumference, with a significantly smaller increase than the control at 3 and 4 days post exercise.

 

STUDY 3
Robertson, A.   Watt, J.M.   Galloway, S.D. (2004)
Effects of Leg Massage on Recovery from High Intensity Cycling Exercise
Br J Sports Med (4, 173-6)

Method

Nine male games players participated. They attended the laboratory on two occasions one week apart and at the same time of day. Dietary intake and activity were replicated for the two preceding days on each occasion. After baseline measurement of heart rate and blood lactate concentration, subjects performed a Standardized warm up on the cycle ergometer. This was followed by six Standardized 30 second high intensity exercise bouts, interspersed with 30 seconds of active recovery. After five minutes of active recovery and either 20 minutes of leg massage or supine passive rest, subjects performed a second Standardized warm up and a 30 second Wingate test. Capillary blood samples were drawn at intervals, and heart rate, peak power, mean power, and fatigue index were recorded.

Result

Significantly lower fatigue index was observed in the massage trial.

 

STUDY 4
Shin, Mai-Soon   Sung, Yun-Hee (2014)
Effects of Massage on Muscular Strength and Proprioception after Exercise Induced Muscle Damage
Br J Sports Med (4, 173-6)
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
post acceptance: Sept 15th 2014  DOI: 10.1519/JSC.688

Method

Subjects were randomly divided into two groups. Exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD) was induced through repeated exercise. The treatment group received 15 minutes massage by a physiotherapist consisting of light stroking, milking, friction and skin rolling.

Result

The massage treated group was found to have significantly increased muscle activation during contraction of the gastrocnemius muscle (p< 0.05) and significantly greater proprioceptive acuity in the ankle joint (p< 0.05). These findings suggest that massage of the gastrocnemius muscle after EIMD can improve muscle strength and proprioception by influencing the superficial layer of the gastrocnemius.

 

Other Sources and Published Papers on the Subject include:
  • P Weerapong – 2005 Doctoral Thesis Pre-exercise Strategies: The effects of warm-up, stretching, and massage on symptoms of eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage and performance.
  • Weerapong P, Hume PA, Kolt GS The mechanisms of massage and effects on performance, muscle recovery and injury prevention Sports Med. 2005;35(3):235-56.
  • Hilbert JE et al. The effects of massage on delayed onset muscle soreness Br J Sports Med 2003; 37:72-75 doi:10.1136/bjsm.37.1.7