Have you suffered a stroke that makes walking difficult? Did you suffer a sports injury that makes it tough to balance? Whether through illness or injury, a risk of falling seriously limits your life. Physical therapists use a variety of methods to successfully treat gait and posture issues. Whole body vibration (WBV) is one option, and it provides you with many advantages.
How Physical Is Physical Therapy?
Many people who require physical therapy need help to get around. They don’t have the muscle control, the strength or the energy for traditional workouts. The strain of the therapy itself may pose a setback to results. WBV is essential in these situations. It maximizes the effort you put into therapy, so you can see results regardless of whether you break a sweat.
Several studies compare vibration therapy as a treatment for gait issues to other methods. In trials studying stroke patients and those with Parkinson’s, WBV showed significant gains over conventional therapy exercises. Treatments also helped to correct postural sway and balance. These issues are intertwining, so choosing a therapy method that addresses all three helps speed up results.
It’s best to start with a professional assessment. Your doctor or physical therapist can show you the best way to use your VibePlate to see the fastest, most significant results. Most of the time, that means performing specific exercises during a session on your vibration machine. At other times, you will benefit solely from the micro-movements the platform sends through your body.
How Does Vibration Therapy Work?
Unlike weight-lifting that takes a major effort, a vibration sends rapid tremors through your entire body without any work on your part. As they’re stimulated by the waves of vibrations, your muscles automatically react in an attempt to steady yourself. Over time, this process causes your core muscles to strengthen, helping to correct your posture. Your rigid muscles begin to relax, alleviating many gait problems.
If you’ve always walked on your tiptoes, for instance, you’ll feel the muscles in your lower legs relax enough for you to walk with your heels on the floor. Before WBV, this would have taken surgery or braces to accomplish. Recovery would have been painful and taken months. Now? You can fix your walking and posture problems in just a few well-structured minutes of therapy each week.
Vibration therapy can also help dislodge fused bones and improve bone density. Brittle or bowing legs become reinforced, your muscles get stronger and your brain gets used to your muscle receptors sending appropriate signals to your body at the right times. In these ways and more, WBV works well against all kinds of gait issues.
All this without Herculean effort? It’s no wonder WBV is a popular option among physical therapists. There are other benefits, however, that help you no matter what you’re ailing from. Use vibration to:
- Ditch depression
- Build stamina
- Reduce swelling
- Manage chronic pain
Contact your doctor to discover how vibration therapy can improve your gait or otherwise benefit your physical and emotional health.