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Neuropathy and whole body vibration
Neuropathy is a group of diseases that cause the dysfunction or damage to one or more nerves, resulting in weakness, pain, tingling, and/or numbness in the extremities. Common forms of neuropathy include but are not limited to Peripheral, Autonomic, and Diabetic neuropathy. Pain can vary from slight numbness, mild tingling, or severe pain. This can cause loss of coordination and balance due to the numbness and pain in the legs and feet.
It is estimated that more than 20 million people in the United States have Neuropathy, with 60-70% of diabetics experiencing some form of Neuropathy (Kernich, 2001). Many treatments seek to subdue the effects temporarily, but often are ineffective in curing the disease. Whole body vibration is an all-natural treatment which can be used for relief in some people.
Whole body vibration and Neuropathy
Whole body vibration can improve blood flow, and heal and strengthen the body. Whole body vibration therapy decreased pain, and improved balance and gait patterns of patients with type II Diabetes. Whole body vibration is in its infancy. However, there is promising evidence to suggest improvement in patients (Junggi Hong, 2011).
In another study, Whole body vibration was determined to be a possibly effective non-pharmacological therapy for people with neuropathy and other neurovascular complications caused by diabetes. During the treatment patients showed signs of increased blood flow, which can lead to healing (Johnson et al., 2014).
Lifetime Vibe Exercises
LifetimeVibe’s patented design is especially helpful for people with Neuropathy 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.
View the program booklet to determine exercises that are suited best for your condition.
Speed and Programs
For exercise set speed from 25-30 and stay on the machine for 3-5 minutes, repeat as many or more than 5 times a day, as tolerated. For massage set speed above 35 and stand on the machine for 3-5 minutes.
Neuropathy improves with whole body vibration
Medical Professionals Explain Neuropathy
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- Kernich, C. A. Patient and family fact sheet. Peripheral neuropathy. The Neurologist (Baltimore, Md.) 2001, 7, 315-316.
- Junggi Hong Whole Body Vibration Therapy for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain: A Case Report. Health science journal 2011, 5, 66.
- Johnson, P. K.; Feland, J. B.; Johnson, A. W.; Mack, G. W.; Mitchell, U. H. Effect of Whole Body Vibration on Skin Blood Flow and Nitric Oxide Production. Journal of diabetes science and technology 2014, 8, 889-894.