Vibration Therapy for Microcirculation Improvement
It deserves a separate topic to discuss vibration therapy's effectiveness on microcirculation improvement. This is a significant advantage of vibration therapy over traditional therapies and treatment methods for microcirculation insufficiency.
What makes it different is that vibration induces skeletal muscle contraction in a unique fast pace pattern. Such a movement is very effective in moving blood and interstitial fluids at tissue level.
Skeletal muscle's function in blood circulation
It is usually overlooked that skeletal muscles perform an important function in peripheral blood circulation.
Through contraction, skeletal muscles squeeze the adjacent vessels from outside. This effect concords the vessel's own smooth muscle contraction, pressing the blood from inside. Together skeletal muscles and smooth muscles perform the function of relaying, regulating and distributing blood all over the body.
Skeletal muscle contraction is particularly important and comparatively effective in moving blood in small vessels. The contraction also enhances tissue fluid exchange. This is skeletal muscle's role in micro-circulation.
As a part of the peripheral circulation system, micro-circulation means blood circulation in small vessels, including arterioles, venules, and capillaries. Micro-circulation fulfills the ultimate role of the entire circulation system: bringing fresh blood charged with oxygen and nutrients to cells and taking away metabolism waste.
Cardiovascular system vs peripheral system in micro-circulation
In small vessels, cardiovascular system's power becomes weakened. The fluid driving forces produced by heart and main vessels gradually loss their momentum as they reach to small vessels, due to the increased distance and shrunk vessel diameters.
In the tissues, blood circulation mainly relies on the power of the peripheral system:
- smooth muscle contraction inside the vessel walls, and
- skeletal muscle contraction outside the vessel walls.
Skeletal muscle contraction plays important role in peripheral circulation, even more important when it gets to micro-circulation.
While cardiac muscles and smooth muscles contract involuntarily, skeletal muscles contract voluntary to nerve signals (brain-will and stimulations). Physical exercise is needed to maintain necessary skeletal muscle contraction activities in order to maintain a healthy micro-circulation.
No physical exercise designed for micro-circulation
Physical exercises are usually designed as 1) cardio exercise, 2) muscle strength training, or 3) stretching exercise.
Cardio exercise obviously enhances heart and vessels, improving cardiovascular circulation. All exercises produce certain skeletal muscle contraction that helps the peripheral circulation.
However, there seems no exercise designed to focus on muscle contraction for the purpose of micro-circulation improvement. This is where vibration exercise can make a difference.
Vibration exercise enhances micro-circulation
In vibration exercise, vibration induces skeletal muscles to contract and relax repeatedly at a fast pace. The contractions act like fast pumping strokes applied on vessels and tissues, more effectively and efficiently move blood and tissue fluids, greatly enhances skeletal muscle’s function for micro-circulation.
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 micro-circulation improvement.
For some medical condition related micro-circulation disorders, cardio exercise often falls short to provide the needed micro-circulation. Vibration exercise, using external power, provides a great solution.
Micro-circulation disorder is a disease itself. It is the cause of many other diseases.
Many work-related muscle injuries can cause micro-circulation problems, which in return make the injuries difficult to recover, and potential develop to chronic injuries.
For muscle injuries at back, neck and ankle, cardio exercise may fall short to provide the needed micro-circulation in these areas, or it is hard to keep up with the needed work efforts. Vibration exercise is a better solution to achieve the needed micro-circulation for the recovery.
Some peripheral nerve disorders are caused by insufficient oxygen and nutrients supply to the nerve cells. Enhanced micro-circulation can ease the problem. Often reported by vibration exercise users is diabetes nerve pain relief, which vibration exercise is very effective through improving micro-circulation for nerve cells.
Vibration exercise is also reported to be effective to ease micro-circulation related chronic diseases.
For senior and physically weak people, vibration exercise is very practical because it is usually light duty. Vibration exercise has limited effect in improving cardiovascular circulation. It is never to substitute cardio exercise. Combining vibration exercise with other physical exercises can achieve optimal results for overall circulation improvement.
- Jay Tang
Interpreting life science from a mechanical engineering perspective.