Vibration Therapy and Microcirculation Improvement
It deserves a separate topic to discuss vibration therapy's effectiveness in microcirculation improvement. This is a significant advantage of vibration therapy over regular physical therapy for treating microcirculation insufficiency.
The advantage is that the rapidly repeated skeletal muscle contraction induced by vibration is very effective and efficient in moving blood and interstitial fluids in the tissues.
- What is microcirculation?
- Skeletal muscle's function in microcirculation
- Physical exercises for microcirculation
- Vibration therapy makes a difference
- Vibration therapy applications for microcirculation improvement
What is Microcirculation?
Microcirculation is blood circulation in small vessels like arterioles, venules, and capillaries. Microcirculation fulfills the ultimate role of the circulation system: bringing fresh blood charged with oxygen and nutrients to cells and taking away metabolism waste.
Skeletal Muscle's Function in Microcirculation
Skeletal muscle's essential role in facilitating blood circulation is often overlooked.
Blood vessels are closely intertwined with skeletal muscles. Through contraction, skeletal muscles squeeze the adjacent vessels from outside. This effect concords the vessel's own smooth muscle contraction, pushing the blood from inside. Together skeletal muscles and smooth muscles perform the function of relaying, regulating and distributing blood to and from body tissues.
Also, the physiological process of muscle contraction involves influx and release of interstitial fluids in and out of muscle cells, effectively promoting blood exchange.
When it reaches the small vessels at body tissues, blood pressure generated by heart and major vessels becomes weak. Skeletal muscle contraction becomes more important to supplement the pressure needed for effective microcirculation.
While cardiac muscles and smooth muscles contract involuntarily, skeletal muscles contract voluntary to nerve signals (brain-will and stimulations). Physical exercise is essential for maintaining necessary skeletal muscle contraction activities for a healthy microcirculation.
Physical Exercises for Microcirculation
All physical exercises involve skeletal muscle contraction which help microcirculation.
Cardio exercise mainly enhances cardiovascular circulation and lung functionality. Strength exercise engages more muscle contraction activities and improves microcirculation at local tissues. The combination of both cardio exercise and strength exercise help maintaining a healthy overall blood circulation.
Microcirculation can be impaired because of some medical conditions. Regular physical therapy may fall short for improving microcirculation. Vibration therapy can be a great practical solution.
Vibration Therapy Makes a Difference
In vibration therapy, vibration induces skeletal muscles to contract and relax follow the vibration frequency. The rapidly repeated muscle contraction acts like fast pumping strokes applied on vessels and tissues, moving blood and tissue fluids effectively and efficiently.
Regular physical exercise produces slow pace muscle contraction, not as effective in moving blood and tissue fluids. Vibration exercise is a unique and effective solution for microcirculation improvement.
Vibration Therapy Applications for Microcirculation Improvement
Many work-related muscle injuries can cause microcirculation problems, which in return making the recover more difficult. Repeated injuries and postponed recovery can develop to chronic injuries.
For muscle injuries at tissues remote to major vessels, like at the back, neck and feet, regular physical therapy often falls short for improving microcirculation. Vibration therapy is a better solution to achieve the needed microcirculation for better recovery.
Some peripheral nerve disorders are caused by insufficient oxygen and nutrients supply to the nerve cells. Enhanced microcirculation can ease the problem. For example, vibration therapy is very effective for diabetes caused nerve pain relief on feet, through improving microcirculation for the nerve cells.
For senior and physically weak people, vibration exercise is very practical because it is usually light duty.
Vibration therapy is never to substitute other physical therapy and exercises. Combining vibration exercise with other physical exercises can achieve optimal results for overall circulation improvement.
- Jay Tang
Interpreting life science from an engineering perspective.