The overall strategy
As a general strategy you will be regularly applying therapeutic vibration to the affected areas. This will increase the circulation in those tissues, allowing your body to use those fat stores properly. Over a period of time those abnormal fat stores should diminish. Once they have reached normal levels we recommend that regular but less frequent applications of vibration be used to maintain sufficient circulation.
As discussed, using vibration this way will only help to normally distribute your fat. Regular exercise and a healthy diet will help reduce your total amount of fat and increase your lean muscle mass.
How often to apply vibration, and for how long
Use two minute applications to each part
The most efficient way to increase circulation is to repeatedly apply the massager for two minutes to each part. Scientific studies show that when effective vibration is applied the blood flow will increase to a high level in about two minutes, then when the vibration stops the blood flow slowly tapers off over about 30 minutes (11). That means for each application of vibration you get 30 minutes of residual increased blood flow. Because of this you will get far more increased blood flow if you apply the vibration for two minutes at a time several times a day rather than do one long application.
Use regular application over time
It takes time for your body to use up the abnormal fat stored. For this reason the trials went for periods of time such as a month. Anticipate a period such as this to see decent results, then the need for some ongoing maintenance to maintain sufficient circulation so the abnormal fat deposits don’t build up again.
Suitable vibration to use
To get good results the vibration needs to be strong enough to penetrate and have their therapeutic effects. This tends to rule out a lot of cellulite wands and massagers on the market. Also vibration around 50 Hz (cycles per second) has been found to be the most effective for increasing circulation (11). For further information please see our article The scientifically proven effects of vibration massage- with clinical applications
What to use and how to apply the vibration
The trial results show that you will still get some reasonable results using a general massaging device such as a massage chair. However, a proper hand held massager will be able to deliver more effective therapeutic vibrations directly to the areas needed.
Suitable hand held massagers to use
You need a professional standard vibration massager able to deliver 50 Hz (cycles per second) vibration. Please see our article How to choose a hand held massager for further advice. This is very important because manufacturers of hand held massagers have a long history making equipment that looks good on shop shelves but is ineffective. Also, massage gun advocates make irresponsible claims such as that their machines smash up or disperse fat cells, while their machines are far less effective and potentially dangerous. We show you some ideal machines below.