Arthritis is a condition that results in stiff and swollen joints. As a result, the individual experiences limited mobility and recurring joint pain. While there is no absolute cure for arthritis, physical therapy might help with managing the pain and inflammation to a considerable degree.
Whole body vibration therapy is known to have significant benefits for this condition. When done under the guidance of an expert practitioner, the treatment can help manage arthritis without using painkillers or anti-inflammatory medicines.
How Does Whole Body Vibration Therapy Work?
Reduced bone mineral density is the predominant cause of joint pain due to arthritis, and reduced muscle power results in poor posture, negatively affecting the body’s ability to stay upright.
Whole body vibration therapy uses a vibrating plate that oscillates at high velocity. It can help reduce the symptoms of both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The vibrating plate emits vibrations ranging from 5 to 40 Hz. The vibrations travel throughout the body and predominantly work by improving bone density and muscle mass.
The vibrations enhance the production of osteoblasts, which are responsible for new bone formations in the body. On the other hand, the vibrations also result in higher muscle contractions, similar to when you exercise. This leads to greater muscle power and improves your mobility as well.
Depending on the intensity of pain and degree of inflammation, it can take between three to six months to manage your arthritis symptoms. The long-term benefits of vibration therapy are immense, as there are no side effects from medicines. It is suitable for all age groups, and studies have shown that it significantly increases bone health in menopausal women.
Is Vibration Therapy Painful?
Not at all. In fact, whole body vibration therapy is one of the most soothing therapies for arthritis. The vibrations distract the pain signals, and the brain cannot register the pain so intensely anymore. It also enhances blood circulation through compression, warming, and relieving aching muscles and joints.
Over time, the vibrations strengthen the ligaments and tendons and start healing them the same way the muscle would heal after an injury. In addition, the enhanced production of osteoblasts will result in stronger bones.
Overall, you will notice a significant increase in mobility after a few months. If you keep up with the treatment, you can go back to doing most of the activities you enjoyed before arthritis.
At Hands-On Health Care & Chiropractic, we aim to provide the best therapeutic and chiropractic services. If you have arthritis, spinal problems, muscle and bone tensions, or other issues that hinder your mobility and way of life, reach out to us.
Our wide range of services is designed to provide you with holistic treatments that will improve your mind and body. Our certified therapists and chiropractors will help you figure out the best course of action for your circumstances. Contact us to learn more about our services.