For those who suffer from Fibromyalgia it is a very harsh disease. Pain torments their bones and muscles. Fibromyalgia’s cause is not even completely understood. Even worse, relief can feel impossible at times. This is why so many sufferers are willing to try almost anything to relieve themselves from this unrelenting pain. New approaches and remedies are tried and tested on a regular basis.
One new technique for Fibromyalgia relief that has gathered considerable success is Whole Body Vibration (WBV). Although WBV is a very passive treatment that is easy to, it actually helps greatly. The patient simply stands (or sits) on a Whole Body Vibration platform that oscillates in a variety of ranges.
Low Impact way to work the body
Whole Body Vibration is a very low-impact way to work out the body. In fact, movement by the patient is not necessarily required. The patient simply positions themselves on the WBV platform. Many different postures and poses are acceptable. Sitting or standing is not of great importance. Once on the platform, the machine sends vibrations throughout the patient’s body. The frequency setting is up them or to a trusted medical professional. The purpose of this training and therapy is that the vibrations make the muscles alternately contract and expand. The contraction/expansion rate a WBV machine establishes is very hard to duplicate using conventional methods.
These vibrations affect the muscles in a very creative way. As they charge through the patient, their body begins to feel like it is unstable or falling. To correct this, muscles begin to contract. It’s the body’s natural instinct to try to counterbalance the vibration. This counterbalancing reflex is what produces the amazing results. Whole Body Vibration is good for anyone and its users range from professional athletes to convalescing patients who must be helped due to their physical limitations. Due to the low-impact nature of this therapy, patients with conditions that would prohibit conventional exercise can participate without any of the negative repercussions they would normally expect.
Nearly 50% of women with Fibromyalgia, in addition to connective tissue and muscle pain, have poor balance. Fibromyalgia symptoms vary from sore, stiff joints to near debilitating body pain, headaches, indigestion, and fatigue, just to name a few of the most prominent.
A relatively new study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine says that whole-body vibration (WBV) can actually reduce pain and fatigue, and improve physical function for those of us with fibromyalgia.
In the study, they had a group of women with fibromyalgia who followed an exercise regimen consisting of aerobic activities, stretching and relaxation twice a week. Half of the women followed their workouts with WBV, while the other half didn’t. A control group didn’t exercise or get WBV.
After six weeks, the WBV group showed significantly lower pain and fatigue scores than the exercise-only group and the control group, while the exercise-only group wasn’t significantly different from the control group.
Whole Body Vibration Therapy
Another recent study showed that Whole Body Vibration therapy improves everyone’s balance, especially in respect to Fibromyalgia patients. It was also found vibration therapy has potential benefits to reduce bone mass loss and improve the strength and speed which are important for reacting and preventing stumbles and falls.
Whole Body Vibration training and therapy has been shown to provide a fast, safe and effective method for easing Fibromyalgia pain, helping with balance and alleviating most of the other symptoms of the disease, which improves overall physical function.
In addition to aiding those with Fibromyalgia, the very rapid muscle contractions that WBV vibration generates works your muscles continuously. These continuous vibrations not only build muscle strength and bone density, but improve flexibility, burn fat, increase metabolism, improve circulation, improve cellular oxygen and nutrient delivery.