The effect of Whole Body Vibration training and therapy on the blood vessels is clear to see and to feel. After only ten minutes on a Whole Body Vibration platform one often sees that the skin of the lower leg is colored pink. This is a sign that the blood vessels in that area are open and circulation is returning. It also explains the feeling which many describe as: coming home after a snowball fight with hands and fingers numb, and then putting your hands in a bucket of warm water; resulting in the tingling feeling which indicates that your blood vessels are fully dilated and wide open. In Germany, Whole Body Vibration therapy is used to great benefit for treating disturbed peripheral circulation, particularly in the lower legs, positively affecting such conditions as varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency.
Bulging and painful varicose veins are caused by valve leakage in the blood vessels. Due to gravity, blood would normally flow back into the lower extremities. The only way the body is able to pump the blood that is low on oxygen back to the heart is using these valves, preventing the blood from flowing back down and “pooling” in the ankles and feet. A Whole Body Vibration machine greatly stimulates the circulation of blood, increasing the oxygen levels substantially. This in turn will improve the return flow of the blood to the heart if used on a regular basis (three – four times per week). While on the Whole Body Vibration platform it is helpful to perform the exercises dynamically. Slowly rising up with your toes and then rocking back onto your heals while the machine is vibrating is very effective. You can also do massage exercises, which are very important for circulation; first massage around the varicose veins, always rubbing towards the heart and then allow the affected areas to gently rest on the vibrating plate for a few minutes.
Additionally, Whole Body Vibration exercise stimulates production of collagen, which, along with keratin, is responsible for skin strength and elasticity. Collagen is the primary component of tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissue. Collagen aids in flexibility and balance and also gives bones the elastic quality that improves fracture resistance. Furthermore, collagen strengthens blood vessels and improves venous return, both of which help prevent spider veins and the more serious varicose veins.
I had suffered for years from chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins and the effect of Whole Body Vibration exercise on my blood vessels is easy to observe. After 10 minutes on my Whole Body Vibration machine, I see that the skin of my lower leg has turned a healthy pink. After only a few sessions the pain from these bulging veins was reduced significantly, and after three weeks of daily ten minute Whole Body Vibration sessions the pain was completely gone and the size of these veins was reduced by half.
After my first few weeks of exercising with Whole Body Vibration equipment I had also noticed improvement in my balance and overall functional fitness, especially the muscle power in my legs. Dizzy spells that used to occur at the most inconvenient times are now a thing of the past. These spells are commonly caused by the brain not receiving enough freshly oxygenated blood and Whole Body Vibration exercise remedies that in a hurry.
My daily 10 minute Whole Body Vibration workout relieves stress, improves my mood and gives me the long lasting confidence I need to face the most challenging circumstances of my day.
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