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Do Vibration Machines Help Fibromyalgia?

Hello friends in Blogland,

I just read an interesting article I wanted to share with you. It is about vibration exercise curing Fibromyalgia. Click here to see the article. (The actual content of the article does not state that the vibration exercise “cures” Fibromyalgia.) What the article says is that researchers at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis found that Fibromyalgia patients reported lower pain levels, and increased strength and muscle spasticity after participating in vibration therapy treatment.

Although there are different kinds, the vibration exercise machine I have access to once a week is one on which you stand on a platform. The platform vibrates. You can just stand on it or you can do any number of standing exercises. It is my understanding that doing exercise on the vibration machine, whether you have Fibromyalgia or not, is more effective because more muscles are involved in the exercise to keep you stable and keep the alignment through the exercise. Essentially, you are getting more of a workout without more effort.

It is believed the vibration therapy helped the subjects of the study because the vibration causes muscle contraction and relaxation, simulating a subtle workout. It is well known, through other research, that regular exercise means less pain. More research needs to be done on vibration therapy to see if it really works. One thing the article didn’t say was how much and how often the subjects got the vibration therapy, nor was it noted at what speed the vibration machine was set.

I will try using the vibration machine for ten to fifteen minutes every Monday evening and let you know what I find. If you have access to a vibration machine (health club, medical center, private access…), try it out, if you wish and it’s okay with your doctor, and let us all know what you think by making a comment below.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!



About Julie Hodges, RYT

I am a happily-married, 53-year-old woman living in a beautiful place with my husband and our three dogs/babies. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (FMS) in 2004. While FMS affects every moment of my life, I have learned to live with it and be happy, not allowing it to destroy me. While I have FMS, it does NOT have ME! As a yoga and meditation teacher, and as a Reiki Master/Teacher, it is my passion to help people have a good, strong and healthy life and relationships. Fibromyalgia Lifeline will help me serve that passion. It is an honor to lead by example, as well as to continue to be a student on this path to freedom from the hold of FMS. Other than that, I like to knit, read, write, be outside, play with my dogs, be with family and friends, movies, some TV shows, ghosthunting, go places in our RV, travel, music, and so many other things, but mainly laugh and have a great time.

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