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What is vibration massage?
Vibration massage, if you ever wondered, is a massage technique that involves the use of vibrations to stimulate blood flow, eliminate pain and reduce inflammation. Vibrations are defined as continuous rapid slight shaking or trembling movements. Oscillatory movements of a certain intensity have proven to be very important for the normal functioning of the organism.
Since ancient times, people noticed that the use of vibrations might have a healing effect. However, only in the 19th century have they developed a special technique that used oscillations during for therapeutic purposes. In the mid-19th century a Russian physician Gustav Zander developed a range of therapeutic machines, many of which used vibrations. Nowadays with a wide selection of electric massage devices vibration massage therapy has regained its popularity.
Vibration massage can be either applied to your whole body or to certain body parts (localized). Whole body vibration exposes your entire body to rapid oscillatory movements while you are sitting, standing or working out on a vibration plate. In this article we will dive deeper into the benefits of localized vibration massage therapy. When compared to a whole-body vibration, localized vibration massage stimulates and targets one specific body muscle area, which increases and maximizes its beneficial effects.
How does vibration affect the body? What does it do to muscles?
Vibrations of a certain intensity and frequency penetrate deep into the muscle tissue causing muscles to contract and relax. The muscle contractions lead to an increase in blood circulation reduce fatigue and soothe muscle soreness and numbness. It is a well-known fact that good blood circulation is essential for a person’s health since blood brings oxygen and nutrients to each and every organ and helps the organism get rid of toxins.
Moreover, vibration massage is believed to stimulate nerve endings on the surface of the skin, which transfer the impulses to the brain and cause nervous, circulatory and lymphatic system to respond and restore their performance. Muscle contractions during vibration may promote lymph flow and enhance lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage may decrease water retention, detoxify your body regenerate muscle tissue.
What are the main benefits of vibration massage therapy?
Like with most other types of massage, the main function of vibration massage is primarily to relax the muscles, increase blood circulation, reduce muscle pain. Trigger points, or sensitive muscle knots made in soft tissue after injuries or strenuous physical activity are likely to cause muscle pain or spasm. Vibration therapy has proven to be effective in releasing these trigger points and therefore alleviating the muscle pain associated with them.
Vibration massage is also highly beneficial for sportsmen. It can be used at the warm up stage to boost blood flow and prepare muscles to increase performance and minimize the risk of injury. Moreover, various clinical trials suggest that properly selected vibration therapy can accelerate post workout recovery, ease fatigue and relieve tight and stiff muscles, as well as improve flexibility and range of motion.
One study shows that patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) have a positive reaction to massage with vibrations. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that manifest itself as a pain in soft muscle tissue all over the body, joint pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance. Vibration therapy has proven to be a safe and well tolerated massage therapy that can improve the patient’s quality of life in the long run.
Recap: Vibration massage can provide relief for sore and stiff muscles, improve blood flow and lymphatic circulation and speed up recovery time.
Vibration massage vs Shiatsu massage
Both types of massage have their benefits and it is only a matter of your body’s needs and the current condition which one to choose. Each body and its reaction to massage is different and what works for one person may not work for the other. Shiatsu and vibration massage can even complement each other to maximize the benefits. To help you choose the right massage for you, here we list the basic similarities and differences between the two massage techniques.
Research suggests that both types of massage are likely to reduce fatigue and muscle pain ad tension, improve the function of the lymphatic system and blood circulation. Additionally, they can provide help in dealing with insomnia, provide relief from headaches, reduce stress and promote general well-being.
Shiatsu massage is a more holistic therapy which focuses on applying finger pressure on specific energy points in the body called meridians. The primary function of shiatsu massage is to remove blockage, balance the flow of energy and bring your body and mind into harmony. On the other hand, vibration massage is based on the use of vibrations to relieve muscle soreness and can offer relief for overworked muscles, accelerate recovery and increase joint strength and flexibility.
Read more: Shiatsu treatment enhances body’s own healing abilities
Donnerberg Premium massagers: How does the vibration function work?
Apart from being based on the principles of traditional shiatsu massage, Donnerberg Premium neck massagers also have an integrated vibration massage function to give your muscles complete relief of muscle pain and strain. We recommend you use the vibration function on your shoulders, back and legs to boost the blood flow and reduce soreness. Apply it on soft muscle tissue and avoid bony parts. If the massage feels uncomfortable, try adjusting the position and intensity of massage. Most importantly, the massage should always feel pleasant and if you notice that it is becoming painful, you should change the pressure using the straps or make a break from using the massager.
Donnerberg Premium neck massagers feature 2 modes of vibration: continuous vibration and vibration in regular intervals. You can start the vibration function by pressing the corresponding button on the control panel – vibrations will be applied continuously. If you press the button twice, you will change the mode of vibration – they will be performed at regular intervals – oscillations will last for 5 seconds and then pause for 2 seconds repetitively.
Is vibrating massager safe?
The intensity of vibrations in electric vibrating massagers is generally not too high to be harmful. However, you should be cautious if the massage is painful, if you feel dizziness, discomfort or any other unpleasant symptoms during a session.
Who should not use the vibration machine?
People with certain medical condition should not use vibration massagers or should consult their doctors before using it. These are only some of the contraindications:
- Oncological diseases;
- Dermatological problems and skin inflammation;
- Heart conditions;
- Increased body temperature;
- Blood disorders, such as hemophilia, thrombosis, varicose veins;
- Pacemakers, implants, artificial joints or limbs.
If you are suffering from frequent muscle pain and tightness that can limit you daily activities, there are many options to consider for getting the necessary pain relief, vibration massage being one of them.
Moreover, massage has become a necessity, not a luxury, especially with the invention of electric massage devices that are effortlessly easy to use. Set aside at least 15 minutes a day for a rejuvenating massage – your body will feel the difference and you may end up feeling relaxed and re-energized.
Medical disclaimer: The content on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice can be used for informational purposes only. Always consult with a qualified and licensed physician or other medical care provider and follow their advice accordingly.