The use of vibration machines in recovery and rehabilitation
Evidence from rehabilitation and therapeutic centers across the world shows that vibration machine therapy can be a useful tool in the recovery process in many ailments.
Patients with arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease or cerebral palsy have seen improvements in their health state after exercising or doing rehabilitation movements on vibration machines.
Unlike conventional recovery treatments, whole body vibration exercises require less effort from the patient and are less demanding, as one doesn’t have to move too much and can simply stand on the platform or sit on the vibration machine and let the energy waves sent by the device do their job.
In people with weak muscles or physical limitations, who can’t practice physical activities that put pressure on joints, bones or muscles, vibration machines can be the solution to strengthening the muscles, restoring circulation, improving posture, enhancing flexibility and ameliorating balance.
Vibration machine therapy reduces pain, improves flexibility
Vibration machines can be used by people of different ages, and depending on their technical features, can be incorporated into therapy or training sessions. Among the most important benefits of vibration machine therapy is the reduction of pain and the improvement in physical fitness and mobility.
When standing on a vibration machine, the joints and muscles get warm faster and become more flexible, circulation and lymphatic drainage is improved and the delivery of oxygen to tissues improves. All these contribute to a better flexibility and mobility and can speed up the recovery from conditions linked with poor circulation, muscle pain or damage, or joint problems.
Vibration waves help the muscles relax, as they have a similar effect to massage, thus can reduce the muscle pain and cramps. Moreover, WBV therapy stimulates the release of endorphins, which act like natural pain-reducing agents. Depending on the amplitude and frequency of the vibration session, this form of therapy can stimulate or soothe the nervous system.
In people suffering from arthritis and rheumatism, vibration training can alleviate the pain, reduce the joint stiffness and improve the blood circulation and delivery of nutrients to tissues, nourishing them and making the joints more flexible.
People affected by lower back pain can also experience significant improvements in their health state by exercising on a vibration machine. By strengthening the muscles and improving circulation, vibration machines can help in improving posture and relieving pressure on spinal nerves.
Finally, vibration training can reverse the negative effects of prolonged bed rest by increasing the gravitational load on muscles and joints and making them work harder when performing the various WBV exercises. The loss of muscle and bone mass can be prevented or reduced by working out or doing rehabilitation movements on a vibrating platform.