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Varicose Veins and whole body vibration
Varicose veins are diseased blood vessels that have become permanently dilated and can no longer efficiently carry blood back to the heart which can result in pain, swelling, inflammation, skin ulcers, and blood clots.
Whole Body Vibration exercises, in many instances, yield quick and visible results. After only ten minutes on a Whole Body Vibration platform one often sees that the skin of the lower leg is colored pink. This is a sign that the blood vessels in that area are open and circulation is returning. Some people report feeling a ‘tingly’ sensation after the exercise that results as the blood starts following again.
Bulging and painful varicose veins are caused by valve leakage in the blood vessels. Due to gravity, blood would normally flow back into the lower extremities. The only way the body is able to pump the blood back to the heart is using these valves, preventing the blood from flowing back down and “pooling” in the ankles and feet. A Whole Body Vibration machine greatly stimulates the circulation of blood thus increasing the oxygen levels substantially. This in turn will improve the return flow of the blood to the heart if the vibration exercises are done on a regular basis.
LifetimeVibe Vibration Plate and Vericose Veins
Whole body vibration exercise stimulates production of collagen, which, along with keratin, is responsible for skin strength and elasticity. Collagen is the primary component of connective tissues and gives bones the elastic quality that improves fracture resistance. Collagen also strengthens blood vessels and improves venous return–both of which help prevent spider veins and the more serious varicose veins.
While using the Lifetimevibe vibration plate it is helpful to perform the exercises dynamically. Slowly rising up with your toes and then rocking back onto your heals while the machine is vibrating is very effective. You can also do massage exercises, which are very important for circulation; first massage around the varicose veins, always rubbing towards the heart and then allow the affected areas to gently rest on the vibrating plate for a few minutes.
“We describe a 76 year old female patient suffering from both impaired motion and recurrent venous ulceration due to chronic venous insufficiency. After 10 days treatment with BMS (Biomechanical Stimulation Therapy)–or whole body vibration, mobility of upper ankle joints improved by 16 degrees and 19 degrees and was accompanied by healing of venous ulcerations after skin flap transplantation.”
Klyscz T, Ritter-Schempp C, Jünger M, Rassner G. Biomechanische Stimulationstherapie (BMS) zur physikalischen Behandlung des arthrogenen Stauungssyndroms [Biomechanical stimulation therapy as physical treatment of arthrogenic venous insufficiency]. Hautarzt. 1997 May;48(5):318-22. German. doi: 10.1007/s001050050589. PMID: 9303905. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9303905/
“Significant results were obtained for blood flow velocity with increases from 0·5 + 0·2 cm·s(-1) at baseline to 1 + 0·2 cm·s(-1) during vibration, returning to baseline levels during the recovery period. Due to the absence of changes in heart rate, blood pressure or lower leg and foot temperature, the change in blood flow velocity can be attributed to changes in peripheral vascular function. The results suggest a high level of sensitivity of the peripheral vascular system to vibration exposure.”
Robbins D, Yoganathan P, Goss-Sampson M. The influence of whole body vibration on the central and peripheral cardiovascular system. Clin Physiol Funct Imaging. 2014 Sep;34(5):364-9. doi: 10.1111/cpf.12103. Epub 2013 Nov 17. PMID: 24237890. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24237890/
“Because Stasis Dermatitis is caused in part by poor circulation, using devices that vibrate the affected areas may improve blood circulation … “
“A 2001 study found that low-frequency vibrations increased blood circulation in patients … “