Do you live with chronic pain or arthritis, or did you simply have a tough gym session? Whatever the origin of your pain and stiffness, it’s safe to say it’s something you don’t want to live with at all.
For most of us, medication isn’t a long-term solution, so it’s time to look at alternative pain relief methods.
At Revive Medical, vibration therapy is one such method. We use vibrational waves to provide myriad amazing benefits to your body and overall well-being.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VIBRATION THERAPY
Vibration therapy encourages your muscles to contract and relax, and it may also prod your body to generate more osteoblasts, the cells that produce bone.
There are 2 kinds of vibration therapy:
Localized: using a hand-held device on the area of stiffness or pain
Whole body: using a platform that you sit, stand, or lie down on.
The tools vary in terms of waves. The whole-body vibration platform usually produces vertical vibrations to work on your muscles, and the hand-held device typically creates vertical and horizontal sound waves.
So, what can vibration therapy do for you?
1. STRENGTHEN YOUR MUSCLES
You may think that hitting the gym is the best way to grow muscles, and rightly so, but it’s not the only way you can increase your strength.
In 2014, one study found that children with a form of cerebral palsy who used vibration therapy for 12 weeks greatly increased their strength and significantly decreased their spasticity.
2. BOOST YOUR BLOOD CIRCULATION
The heart pumps blood through the entire body, and poor circulation can have adverse health effects and damage your organs. Evidence suggests vibration therapy can improve your blood circulation.
A 2014 study in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology showed that vibration therapy helped increase blood flow in patients suffering from certain diabetes-related neurovascular complications. Another study found that whole-body vibration therapy was effective in activating muscle mass and increasing blood flow in patients with spinal cord injuries.
3. GIVE YOU AN ATHLETIC EDGE
Stories about athletes using vibration therapy have popped up more frequently of late. But, it’s not all about enhancing performance. The therapy can also help with the soreness that usually shows up within 24-48 hours after a tough workout.
Studies show that vibration therapy may even help to prevent or manage what’s known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
However, the therapy isn’t designed to replace your exercise routine. If you want to use it to boost athletic performance, you should combine it with aerobic and strength training.
4. RELIEVE YOUR PAIN
One of the biggest benefits of vibration therapy is pain relief. We’ve already said that it can help with post-workout pain and stiffness, but the same applies to other types of pain. The vibrations work to disrupt pain signals that your brain sends to rest of your body, alleviating pain and boosting your comfort level.
A study conducted by the Pain Management Center along with Harvard Medical School discovered that vibration therapy can dramatically reduce the symptoms of chronic hand pain caused by arthritis.
VIBRATION THERAPY COULD BE WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR
Vibration therapy has benefits for treating pain and muscle soreness, improving blood flow, and boosting athletic performance. It’s helpful for older people who can’t exercise regularly, and newer studies suggest it might increase bone density.
If you suffer from chronic pain or just want to enhance your athletic performance, it may be time to consider vibration therapy.