Those that have arthritis may not always feel like moving. But, regular, moderate physical activity is an essential part of an arthritis care plan. Vibration therapy for arthritis pain helps people with arthritis to:
- Increase flexibility
- Reduce stiffness and inflammation
- Strengthen muscles around joints
- Achieve long-term pain relief
Exercise with whole body vibration improves more than arthritis symptoms.
It reduces the risk of other health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. It can also boost your energy level and sense of well-being, help you sleep better, and make weight control easier. Your program should include both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. In addition, flexibility exercises may ease joint stiffness.
Sometimes a rebounder (aka: mini trampoline) is recommended for an arthritis workout. By bouncing lightly on the rebounder it helps to stimulate lymphatic drainage. Whole Body Vibration can provide these same results, but in a much shorter amount of time. For example: when standing on a vertical vibration platform that is set according to the users preferences, their muscles are contracting and relaxing 5 – 30 times per second in response to the vibrations. This is like jumping 5 – 30 times per second on a rebounder! The vibration stimulus travels straight up through the body. Your whole bodyweight is being mobilized to circulate lymphatic fluids, improving circulation and oxygenation of the blood. This creates the same benefits as a rebounder, just in a much shorter amount of time. It is generally stated that ten minutes of Whole Body Vibration exercise is equal to an hour’s workout in a gym or fitness center. By improving local circulation Whole Body Vibration exercise can also reduce pain and disability by decreasing muscle inhibition in arthritic patients.
Once you start exercising with a Whole Body Vibration platform, start with only a few minutes and go slow. Then, gradually increase the time on the vibration plate and frequency of the oscillations. This gives your body time to adjust to your new activity level.
Whole Body Vibration is a great option to relieve arthritis pain and suffering, quite possibly even reversing the effects naturally.