Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the ligaments (fascia) on the bottom of the foot that connect the heel bone to the toes. Under normal circumstances, your plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorber, supporting the arch in your foot. When overused or over-pressured, the fascia can tear. Repetitive tearing can irritate or inflame the fascia.
Whole Body Vibration and Plantar Fasciitis:
Inflammation is caused by an accumulation of acids that congregate as the body tries to repair the torn ligaments. Common treatments for plantar fasciitis are stretching and massage therapy. Whole body vibration provides rapid massage and increased circulation to accelerate healing. Whole body vibration can also help to strengthen ligaments and muscles in the foot (Stein et al., 2010).
LifetimeVibe machines can increase lymphatic circulation to help remove acids from the plantar fascia. LifetimeVibe’s patented design is especially helpful 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 pain.
Suggested position: Sit on a tall chair or stool placed in front of the vibration plate. Place feet on the plate where comfortable. (Knees should be at a 90-degree angle). Feet close together will result in less vibration. Feet apart will result in more vibration and stronger massage for legs and feet.
Speeds and Programs: Speed range between 25-60 for 5-10 minutes. You may also use Pre-set Programs 3, 6, or 7.
1. 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.