The benefits of using a vibration plate have become renowned in the health and wellness world over the last few years. Many gyms now have vibration plates available for their members to use, the benefits of using vibration, especially after a workout, are endless. But did you know that using a vibration plate for Lipedema is really beneficial too?
What is a vibration plate?
A vibration plate is a workout device that stimulates the body’s muscles using high-frequency vibrations. It is claimed that muscle strength, circulation, and overall fitness can all be improved as a result of the rapid contraction and relaxation that vibrations induce in the muscles.
Vibration plates come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with some including programmable settings that target particular muscle groups. You can spend a lot of money on some high-tech models, but if it’s your first time using a vibration plate there’s lots of budget friendly options too.
Benefits of using a vibration plate
Advocates say that as little as 15 minutes a day of whole-body vibration three times a week may aid:
* Weight loss
* Fat burn
* Improve flexibility
* Enhance blood flow
* Reduce muscle soreness after exercise
* Build strength
* Decrease the stress hormone cortisol
While this is all good and well, how exactly does this work for ladies with Lipedema? Firstly, let’s re-cap on how the condition presents itself and the benefits of incorporating vibration into your routine.
What is Lipedema?
Lipedema is a progressive condition that affects the distribution of fat in the body, primarily in the legs, bum and sometimes arms. The exact cause of Lipedema is still unknown, but it’s believed to be related to hormonal factors and genetics, as it predominantly affects women and often runs in families. Women who suffer from Lipedema often struggle to lose weight from the areas of their body affected by the condition, resulting in a lifetime of disordered eating habits and mental health issues.
Benefits of using a vibration plate for Lipedema
Low-frequency vibrotherapy considerably improves the effectiveness of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) in patients with Lipedema, the benefits include:
* Better weight loss
* Improved metabolic and lymphatic systems
* Improved blood circulation
* Reduction of varicose vein symptoms
* Pain reduction
* Less swelling
* Cortisol and stress reduction
* Improved bone density
How do I use a vibration plate for Lipedema?
To get the benefits of vibration therapy for Lipedema, simply stand on your vibration plate and bend your knees. Remember to start slowly. Begin with just 10 minutes a day, slowly increasing to no more than 30 minutes a day.
If standing is difficult, you can either sit on a chair and place your feet on the vibration plate or position yourself on the vibration plate in a push-up position.
My experience with a vibration plate for Lipedema
After hearing about the plethora of health benefits, I decided to invest in my own vibration plate. I’d used them various times at the gym, but only found out recently that they are recommended as a conservative measure to aid with the management of Lipedema symptoms. The thing that pushed me to purchase my own was the claim that 10-15 minutes of vibration per day can help reduce swelling in the legs. I can vouch that this has really helped me. My ankles and calves have swelled in the heat for as long as I can remember, 10 minutes of vibration per day has given me some relief.
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Disclaimer: My blogs talk about Lipedema, diet, surgery and much more. I’m talking from my point of view to help women, and remind them they are not alone. I am not a medical professional, so the content above is from my own perspective with research I have done into the topic. It’s not meant as medical advice, you should always consult your doctor or a specialist for both your diagnosis, and a treatment plan.