Arthritis causes inflammation and stiffness in one or more joints. This leads to painful tightening of connective tissues in the lower back, knees, hips, shoulders and other flexion points of the body
Whole Body Vibration and Arthritis:
Low impact exercises, such as whole body vibration, are very important as a non-invasive treatment for people with arthritis. When exercising with arthritis you should focus on certain movements and an overall balanced workout for your entire body. A common mistake is to focus on just the painful area. This can potentially overwork the problem area and perpetuate arthritis symptoms of inflammation or cartilage deterioration.
Exercise can reduce pain and disability by decreasing muscle inhibition and by improving local circulation. Unfortunately, most arthritis sufferers do not adhere to an exercise regimen due to the discomfort of movement.
Whole Body Vibration can reduce pain and disability by improving local circulation to the painful area, and even reverse the effects naturally. For example, using a modified push up on a vibration platform has shown to help with hand neural efficiency for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.(Lacerda et al., 2019) Routine whole body vibration therapy can provide stretching exercise of connective tissues for effective and sometimes immediate relief of arthritis and rheumatism.
Whole-body vibration delivers mechanical loading to the skeletal muscles, thereby increasing strength and improving circulation and flexibility (Salmon et al., 2012) and “muscle strength increased significantly.”(Trans et al., 2009) “New treatment methods like Whole Body Vibration training also seek to improve muscle coordination and thereby optimize affected joint loading.” (Stein et al., 2010)
LifetimeVibe’s patented design is especially helpful for people with arthritis because it isolates the vibration in the base, not the handles–reducing harsh and violent movement. Unlike competitor machines, LifetimeVibe also accelerates gradually to the chosen speed, making the experience much more comfortable for those with joint pain.
Stand on LifetimeVibe with your feet close together but not touching. Once you begin to feel relief, move your feet farther apart on the vibration plate. Then, begin to add exercises under Lower Back Pain. (See Page 9 in the Lifetime Vibe program booklet)
Speeds and Programs:
Above 25. You may also use Pre-set Programs 1, 2, 5, or 6.
- Lacerda, A. C.; Oliveira, A. C.; Mendonça, V.; Santos, L. M.; Fonseca, S. F.; Santos, J. M.; Ribeiro, V. G.; de Fatima Silva, A.; Leite, H. R.; Figueiredo, P. H.; Martins, F.; Bernardo-Filho, M. In Effect of Vibration Exercise in the Modified Push-Up Position on Hand Neural Efficiency in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Preliminary Results; Human Interaction and Emerging Technologies; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2019; Vol. 1018, pp 650-652.
- Salmon, J. R.; Roper, J. A.; Tillman, M. D. Does Acute Whole-Body Vibration Training Improve the Physical Performance of People with Knee Osteoarthritis? Journal of strength and conditioning research 2012, 26, 2983-2989.
- Trans, T.; Aaboe, J.; Henriksen, M.; Christensen, R.; Bliddal, H.; Lund, H. Effect of whole body vibration exercise on muscle strength and proprioception in females with knee osteoarthritis. The knee 2009, 16, 256-261.
- Stein, G.; Knoell, P.; Faymonville, C.; Kaulhausen, T.; Siewe, J.; Otto, C.; Eysel, P.; Zarghooni, K. Whole body vibration compared to conventional physiotherapy in patients with gonarthrosis: a protocol for a randomized, controlled study. BMC musculoskeletal disorders 2010, 11, 128.