What is Vibration Therapy
Vibration healing is an alternative therapy that involves using a mechanical vibration (administered through specialized equipment) to treat certain health problems or injuries. Also known as vibrational therapy or vibration training, vibration healing is used in a variety of health-care settings (including physical therapy, massage therapy, rehabilitation, and sports medicine).
There are different types of vibration healing, including localized vibration therapy (in which vibration is delivered only to the area of the body in need of treatment) and whole body vibration (in which treatment is administered through the use of a machine or chair that vibrates the entire body at once).
We use localized vibration therapy treatments here at Tocar Spa.
Benefits of Vibration Therapy:
Increased blood circulation
Your heart is responsible for pumping blood throughout your body. However, that circulation is not always as effective as it should be. Poor circulation can result in a number of negative health effects, including damage to your organs.
There is a growing body of evidence that suggests vibration therapy may help increase blood circulation. For example, a 2014 study published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology showed that whole body vibration therapy increased the skin blood flow of patients with neurovascular complications of diabetes. A similar study published in 2011 in the journal Spinal Cord found that this method was effective in both increasing blood flow to the legs and activating muscle mass in patients with spinal cord injuries.
Improved athletic performance
Vibration therapy can also help with that inevitable soreness that shows up the day or two following a hard workout. An early study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research in 2014 suggested that it may help to both prevent and manage symptoms associated with Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.
Disruption of pain signals
The vibrations disrupt pain signals that your brain sends to your body, which can alleviate these symptoms and increase your comfort.
Muscles are destabilized by vibration, meaning they are not able to activate. Vibration over-stimulates the muscle so that it cannot contract, allowing the muscle to loosen and lengthen for better flexibility.
Applying vibration to your body is like turning the jacuzzi jets on. Circulation increases to the area where vibration is applied. Body temperature rises, making vibration a great tool for warming up before physical activity. Vibration also helps the lymphatic system to flush out the toxins in the body to help recovery.
Myofascia is the connective tissue that extends throughout the body to provide support for the muscles and bones. Feeling tight or sore is a product of restricted myofascial connective tissue. Vibration accelerates the process of releasing this tension, relieving pain and soreness.
Activation of Central Nervous System
Vibration interferes with and distracts the pain receptors in the body. It creates static, similar to that of a radio, which inhibits the nerves from communicating pain signals. This makes vibration ideal when using it to reduce muscle soreness and stiffness.