Every day at BodyQuirks we see people from all walks of life for a multitude of reasons. But the thing they all have in common is their desire to improve their health and quality of life. When we witness the positive impact that Whole Body Vibration (WBV) has on our client’s lives, it makes us want to spread the word so that more people can benefit. Currently among our clients are a couple of people with MS that are seeing increases in energy and strength as well as a reduction in spasticity and muscle tension through regular use of our WBV machines.
What is MS?
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), “Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.” An estimated 2.3 million people, worldwide, are affected by MS.
Because MS affects such a vital component of the human body, those living with the disease often suffer from multiple, progressive symptoms which can vary from person to person. Symptoms include:
- Difficulty walking/balance and coordination problems
- Numbness, tingling, or lack of sensation in the face, arms, and legs, or other body parts
- Spasticity (stiffness and involuntary muscle contractions)
- Vision problems
- Bladder dysfunction
- Cognitive dysfunction (affects problem solving skills, learning, memory, focus)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Speech problems
MS and Whole Body Vibration
A 2005 study conducted by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical University of Vienna, Austria examined whether or not WBV leads to better postural control, mobility and balance in patients with MS. The study examined twelve MS patients and concluded that, “…whole-body vibration may positively influence the postural control and mobility in multiple sclerosis patients.”
Taking part in the Multiple Sclerosis Strength and Stability Program founded and directed by Charles G. Oakes, PhD, a program that combines progressive strength training with WBV, Lynn Mitchell, who was diagnosed with MS at age 20, experienced results that she deemed to be “amazing.”
Here at BodyQuirks, we see the difference WBV makes in our client’s lives every day. If you suffer from MS and would like to try Whole Body Vibration to see how it can improve your balance and overall quality of life, give us a call at 503-233-9030. We’d be more than happy to chat and answer any questions you may have and let you try it out for yourself for FREE.
To learn more about MS, or to learn about how you can show your support, visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website. National Multiple Sclerosis Society