Thursday, October 27, 2016
Another Tool in the Arsenal
He talked about it with him and mentioned what he read about not just muscle therapy but also about building bone density, boosting weight loss/metabolism, reducing joint and back pain, etc. He said he didn't really think it would help or hurt with his plantar fasciitis but it could help me with mine. He said he didn't know anything about the weight aspect but he said as far as bone density, the strength training we currently do probably builds more bone density. So it didn't sound like it would be some miracle but he said it's always good to have as many tools in the arsenal as you can. We kind of tabled the idea until after our trip. After last week's major setback, he brought it up again and said he found one for half the price but looked powerful enough. So we ordered it and Tuesday, this bad boy arrived.
The Merax Vibration Platform Fitness Machine was $250 and the lower end of the vibration scale is more for muscle conditioning and therapy because it challenges your balance and muscles to stabilize. Needless to say, I stay away from that mode right now. I don't need to be challenging muscles that are already locked. The higher end of the spectrum tops out at 99 and shakes you like one of those old school "shake the fat off" belt machines. I will not use it anywhere near a mirror because if you don't have body image issues before you see yourself on it, you sure as hell will after you see every inch of you from your spare tire to cheeks rattling around. I have used it after workouts to help loosen muscles after rolling and the past two mornings, I've used it as soon as I got up just to help improve circulation (one of the other benefit claims) and shake the muscles awake a bit.
It's obviously way too early to tell if vibration therapy will work for either of us with our current situations but it did help me when I was rehabbing with TTS a few years ago. I will talk to the chiro today to see if he has any specific things he wants me to do on it. I think it could be good to have another tool in the arsenal, if not to heal, to maintain leg health for both of us. I will definitely report back on if/how it helps!
Have you ever done vibration therapy/owned a vibration board?
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