Vibration therapy for circulation is something that is increasing in importance, especially for the elderly and diabetic population. Over the last few years, circulation seemed a distant thought in everyone’s minds when they were looking to see how vibration therapy would be beneficial. There seemed to be more focus on bone density, fat loss, and sports performance. However, we’re going to take a look at a new study that is beginning to show the positive benefits of vibration therapy for circulation.
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In the past, various vibration therapy research studies have shown a substantial increase in circulation and blood flow. A recent research study decided to pursue similar research, but added various other modalities to the mix. We know that vibration therapy increases circulation, but can it be something that you can use with other forms of physical therapy to enhance the effects? In a study in the Medical Science Monitor journal, researchers evaluated not only vibration therapy, but also moist heat. The study evaluated the effects of various modalities, such as active vibration, passive vibration alone, moist heat alone, moist head combined with passive vibration, a commercial massaging heating pad, and no intervention. The study dealt with relatively healthy older men. The conclusion from the study showed that skin blow flow in the legs was the greatest in the group that consisted of moist heat combined with passive vibration. The skin blood flow increased by 450% after 10 minutes of the therapy and stayed at about 379% for 10 minutes after the vibration therapy treatment.
Previous research has shown that vibration therapy can increase circulation. There’s been studies showing a doubling of the circulation. There’s also been studies showing a positive effect of vibration therapy for healing of burns. This is one of the first studies that are showing a shift from vibration alone to including it in the treatment process. This is a great shift in research since it now takes vibration therapy seriously. Adding it to other forms of treatment will certainly enhance the results of the treatment. Moist heat and vibration therapy appears to enhance each other here. That’s good news for those looking for an alternative solution to more aggressive forms of treatment for their circulation problems.
These results correspond directly with our experiences on the effects of vibration therapy for circulation. We’ve seen the effects in a wide variety of cases, such as diabetic neuropathy, restless leg syndrome, venous insufficiency, chronic disc herniation with radiculopathy (sciatica), and healing of ulcers. These type of results were nothing short of amazing, considering that most of these patients were resistant to various other forms of therapy prior to seeking treatment with vibration therapy. Although the results are amazing, it doesn’t take away from the fact that in its simplest form, vibration therapy is actually a simple treatment tool to use for physical therapists, chiropractors, and other health professionals. Vibration therapy is just another form of exercise. We know that exercise is highly effective in these health conditions. The only problem was getting these patients to engage in exercise that would be beneficial. The diabetic neuropathy patients were limited by pain and lack of mobility to engage in a sufficient amount of exercise to generate muscle contracts that would help increase circulation. The same could be said for most of the health conditions listed here. Passive vibration therapy, as demonstrated in this study, showed that it can be an effective form of exercise therapy for increasing circulation.
If you suffer from circulation issues, then vibration therapy is something you, or your health care provider, may want to consider. However, it’s also highly recommended that you begin to develop lifestyle changes such as exercise and nutrition in addition to the treatments. For health professionals. you can see that vibration therapy does not need to be a stand alone form of treatment. It can be used with other modalities and treatment methods to enhance the results that you are going to achieve. Vibration therapy for circulation is just one form of positive effects that you can achieve to increase health and well being.
Dr. Jasper Sidhu has been using vibration platforms for over 10 years in rehabilitation, sports, fitness and weight loss settings. In addition to hands on treatment of patients and clients in these settings, he has lectured at various universities and medical association meetings on the application of vibration training.