Vibrating Platform

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ratfancy
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Vibrating Platform

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Have any of you out there tried a device like this? Vibration Plate Exercise Machine - Whole Body Workout Vibration Fitness Platform

stjohnh
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I haven't, but it reminds me of the Relaxis pad, a vibrating pad that actually got FDA approval for treatment of RLS. Unfortunately it also was expensive, and Medcare and insurance companies would not cover it. Several of our forum members purchased one, and, as I recall, it provided a little relief, but not enough to continue using it. I personally have bought the Omron leg massaging system ($65 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G8 ... UTF8&psc=1). Vibration was obvious but I didn't find it gave me any relief.
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Next door to my business some years ago was a fraudulent exercise company (Trim and Fit) that was supposed to take inches off your body. You stood on a vibrating pad and attached straps around your hips etc. The only one who actually got any exercise benefit from that company was our receptionist who ran out to tell their customers they couldn't park in our car parks.
I don't imagine it would work any better for restless legs.

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There have been a few conversations here about vibration plates, and the positive effect they have on WED/RLS. They seem to work by forcing your muscles to make continual micro-movements to stabilize you as you stand on a vibrating plate. People were using them when WED/RLS awoke them at night, and/or at times during the day. The plates were developed for gyms, for warming up and for doing exercises on - - pushups with your hands on the plate, squats standing on the plate. They add a level of challenge, I guess. One member here named srgraves01 has used a "power plate" for years, mostly for massage, and rests different parts of his body on it (butt, calves, etc).

You can search this board for vibration plate, vibration platform, and power plate. There's a Topic called Power Plate in the Physical forum. Also a Topic called Vibro Trainer (but that's for commercial gyms. And it's made in Australia, great if you live in that neck of the woods but not so great if you're in North America.)

Here are links to some Youtube videos that are trying to sell you something, but also give you useful info and better, a visual. One is tall and has handles you can hold; the second one is a simple plate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CTwY1SXAdY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9MkN9F9C3Y
There's also this irritating website https://powerplate.com/ - maybe it just doesn't work well in Chrome.
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To continue, there's also this one-pager from the Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-life ... q-20057958

the gist of it
"Some research does show that whole-body vibration may help improve muscle strength and that it may help with weight loss when you also cut back on calories.

Whole-body vibration may also have a role beyond sports and fitness. Some research shows that whole-body vibration, when performed correctly and under medical supervision when needed, can:

Reduce back pain
Improve strength and balance in older adults
Reduce bone loss"
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I'm not totally impulsive, but a little - - I remember when I looked at these vibration plates before, I wanted to try one but they seemed a little expensive. Well, I just bought one. So - thank you reminding me of it. I will let you all know if it helps at all. Assuming it gets here, that is.

I chose Vibration Therapeutic's High Frequency Linear Vibration Plate Model VT003 because it's built to last, and I figure I will use this thing a lot if it helps even a bit.
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