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Mom on Vibration Plate

Mom & Vibration Exercise

As a huge fan of vibration therapy, I always wanted to get my 87 years old mom on a vibration plate. My concern was that she had half of her right knee meniscus removed when she was 40. Her knees have been very stiff. I was afraid that vibration would further damage her cartilage.

Last October when I visited her in Kunming, I brought her a VT003F vibration plate and persuad her to give it a try. I considered the risk is controllable by progressing at a very slow pace.

I had her to start with squat posture on the VT003F, setting to 15Hz and low amplitude, 3 minutes a time, once a day.

After two days, she told me the vibration caused pain at around knee area. I asked her to take a break and try again.

2 weeks later when she felt the pain was completely relieved, she tried again. After a couple of sessions she got the same pain, which took another 2 weeks to relieve.

After these bad experiences, she refused to use the vibration machine again.

Mom told me that she got popping or cracking sound from her knee area during the vibration. She was really afraid of that sound. I did research on the possible reasons about the sound, but I got no conclusion. As I was already back to the States, I could not actually see and hear what she experienced.

In February, because of Covid-19 epidemic, most cities in China were locked down. People were requested to stay home. I was afraid of mom not getting enough physical exercise, so I called her and persuaded her to use the vibration plate again. This time, only one minute a day, twice a day, and she did.

The one-minute vibration exercise session worked well. She did not report any pain. After about two weeks, she told me she was back to 3 minutes session and did not feel any pain. She said she was able to somehow control to avoid the popping (or cracking) sound from her knees.

I kept asking her if she felt her knees and legs are stronger after vibration exercises. She said she did not feel much a difference. One day she told me that she kind of felt easier up and down the stairs recently. She lives on the 3rd floor of a condo building without an elevator.

Anyway, the fact that her body was trained to endure some mechanical impact from vibration was a good thing.

Now she could do a full 10-minute session at the lowest vibration intensity.

One day I asked her to try to squat a little lower. I thought that would improve her knee stiffness. However, that caused pain and popping sound again… I decided to let her to decide her own pace. I believe she will gradually progress to higher vibration intensity, building stronger muscles and easing her stiffness.

Mom has been fighting with serious bone loss issue for decades. She suffered compression fracture on a couple of her vertebrate bones 30 years ago. My goal is to get her gradually progress to 30 Hz vibration which supposedly would help bone density.

I hope the vibration can improve the functionalities of her musculoskeletal system and neuromuscular system.

About My Mom

Tomorrow mom will be celebrating her 88 year’s birthday. We are blessed that she is in good health condition for this age, except for her serious macular degeneration problem that affected her quality of life.

Mom loves reading. My niece got her a big iPad. My brother installed an OCR to voice app, so she can take picture of her books and let the app to read for her. She is always a happy mom, always has a peace in her mind.

Mom insists to live independently in her own condo in Kunming. She does grocery shopping and cooking all by herself. My sister and brother often come to help for other shopping and housekeeping. Salute!

I am proud of mom. In her youth, she and her sisters and brothers had a very harsh time, because their father was purged during the revolution. Due to this family background, life was never easy for her in the 50's to the early 70's. Her way of fighting for the life was to work hard and to be considerate, which is always her teaching on us.

Before retirement, mom was the chief engineer of Yunnan Light Industry Institute. She designed and implemented the construction of many sugarcane mills and paper mills in Yunnan province, and some projects in Myanmar. That was why my family was never short of sugar when it was subject to ration in the 70’s.

Mom enjoyed her retirement life by travelling around China and many countries.

In 2012, she stayed 6 months with us in Minnesota and celebrated her 80’s birthday here. We had a good opportunity to show her around the states during her stay.

Tomorrow she will be 88. Happy Birthday Mom!

Mom cerebrated her 80's birthday in Minnesota, 2012

Mom in Girl Scouts, Chongqing, 1943
(front-right figure is mom)