Treatment for Arthritis
At Kwikfit4u, we understand how important exercise is treatment for arthritis sufferers to improve function, reduce joint pain and increase quality of life. The American College of Rheumatology states that exercise is beneficial for everyone, including those with RA, and currently recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week. Safe forms of aerobic exercise, such as walking, aerobic dance, and aquatic exercise, help arthritis patients to control weight, and improve sleep, mood, and overall health.
Consider for a moment why a person would buy a drill. They do not really want a drill they want a hole. The drill is the tool to help them achieve their goal of getting a hole. This analogy can be used for exercise as well. It is not exercise your doctor wants you to have but the beneficial aspects that exercise brings- specifically increased oxygenation of your cells as oxygen is paramount to all metabolic processes in your body including healing your tissues.
Whole Body Vibration Technology
The Kwikfit4u whole body vibration technology mimics the human walk but at a much more rapid pace and yet is very gentle and comfortable for even the most physically limited of individuals. Whole body vibration (WBV) makes it easy to get exercise and increase the oxygenation of your blood cells and circulate that oxygen throughout your body. This extra oxygen generates a cascade of events that helps to reduce inflammation and thereby reduce pain.
“Inflammation is the enemy,” explains Dr. Kelly Upcott, Doctor of Naturopathy, who sees numerous arthritis sufferers in her busy practice in Windsor, Ontario. “In fact, there are over 200 specific inflammatory conditions under the name of ‘arthritis’ alone.”
“Joint inflammation, Dr. Upcott explains, is how the body reacts to tissue damage from diseases, like arthritis, or other causes like sports injuries… It’s impossible to relieve that pain on anything more than a temporary basis, Dr. Upcott notes, unless you reduce the underlying inflammation.”
Cause of Arthritis pain
Again, the cause of arthritis pain and discomfort is joint inflammation and whole body vibration exercise, the muscle contractions it induces and the subsequent increase in circulation carrying vital oxygen is what heals and reduces inflammation. The increased oxygenation is the result of exercise.
Whole Body Vibration can provide incredible results in the treatment of Arthritis as little as 10 minutes per day, 3 days per week. Here’s an example: while simply standing on a Whole Body Vibration platform that is set for 10+ HZ your muscles are stretching and contracting 10+ times per second in rapid response to the vibrations. As the vibration stimulus from the WBV platform is transmitted straight up through the body, the muscle activity increases blood circulation throughout your whole body. These muscle contractions are also responsible for activating your lymphatic system and draining toxins. Lymphatic drainage is another key benefit of exercise. For a more thorough description of how WBV works, click here.
Sadly, many arthritis sufferers tend to avoid conventional exercise regimens due to the discomfort associated with working out. The more challenging the exercise, the less likely they are to do it. Whole Body Vibration is especially suited for these people because it exercises the entire postural system. WBV therapy is nearly effortless, the exercise sessions are generally only 10 minutes in duration and best of all it is safe. Whole Body Vibration is a great alternative to conventional exercise when used to relieve arthritis pain and suffering, possibly reversing the effects naturally.
Strength Training for Seniors
Tufts University recently completed a strength training program with seniors that had arthritis of the knees. The results showed that strength training for seniors decreased pain by 43%, increased muscle strength, overall health, general physical performance and improved symptoms of the disease decreasing disability. In the study, resistance training for seniors was just as effective if not more effective as medications for easing pain. WBV, and the reflexive muscle contraction it provokes, has the potential to induce strength gain to the same extent as resistance training at moderate intensity in considerably less time. It was clearly shown that the increases muscle strength after WBV training are not attributable to a placebo effect. For more on this see our RESEARCH SECTION.
Arthritic pain, including the associated joint and ligament stress, are substantially reduced as a result of Whole Body Vibration therapy which enhances critical blood flow throughout the entire body, in turn facilitating oxygenation of cells and lymphatic drainage.
For the arthritis, general benefits include (Also, see our BENEFITS SECTION):
Builds bone density
Drains the lymphatic system
Increases Circulation and oxygenation
Reduces aches and pains
Disclaimer: Kwikfit4u Whole Body Vibration equipment is not intended to diagnose or cure any disease. The benefits listed above are based on independent studies which reference years of research into Whole Body Vibration therapy and training and those studies are completely independent of Kwikfit4u and have not yet been evaluated by the FDA.”