Vibration Therapy has been used by medical practitioners to improve patient health since the late 1800s. It is also used by NASA to help prevent muscle and bone loss in astronauts due to zero gravity conditions in space. Recent developments and technological advances of the 21st century have contributed to a rise in the use of different vibration platforms that may be used to treat a variety of conditions. Research studies show that low intensity, high frequency vibrations are a safe and reliable therapeutic intervention which can be used to reduce the results of the aging process on the musculoskeletal system. Performing physical therapy exercises along with Vibration Therapy is an integral part of the plan of care to improve muscle, bone and circulatory health.
Conditions Shown to Benefit from Vibration Therapy:
- Back Pain
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Knee Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Muscle Spasm
- Balance Issues
- Leg Cramping
- And much more…
Physical Therapy and Vibration Therapy
Chronic lower back pain is commonly treated by physical therapists as it affects over 80% of the general population! Vibration Therapy is an especially helpful treatment option for lower back pain, proving to be a safe alternative to addictive pain medication or invasive steroid injections.
At DiPaolo Physical Therapy, my treatment approach to treating lower back pain involves a complete assessment of your medical history and musculoskeletal system. Although your cause of pain may be the direct result of a specific injury, we will work together as a team to determine any other causes, such as poor posture, vertebral joint stiffness, deficiencies in muscular stabilization, or lifestyle/work issues.
Commonly, pain is a result of a combination of these factors. Therapeutic exercise prescribed by a physical therapist focuses on strengthening deep spinal stabilizing muscles, progressing toward true core stabilization. Muscles such as the transverse abdominals and paravertebral muscles are key to optimal spine health and Vibration Therapy can target this musculature.
Since Vibration Therapy can change frequencies of muscle contractions, using this in combination with exercise and other physical therapy interventions places less stress on ligaments, joints and supportive tissues.
In fact, research has linked Vibration Therapy to a wide range of health and wellness benefits when it is used to treat symptoms from a variety of conditions and can result in improved strength, balance and flexibility, increased bone mineral density, and decreased pain.