Here’s a question for you. When do you think you appreciate your personal Whole Body Vibration machine the most?
In the morning when you need that ‘wake up workout’?
In the afternoon when you have been working at a computer desk?
In the evening to release the cobwebs and stiffness of the whole day?
Or when you are on vacation and do not have access to it for 2 weeks?
I swear by the first 3 situations. And now I can testify to the 4rth!
I have just returned from 2 weeks in the sun, on the water, away from everything. It was all perfect. Except my restless leg syndrome did not receive the memo that we were going on vacation and could not pack our HyperVibe machine!
I think way back when, at the beginning of this blog I mentioned restless leg syndrome. For those of you who have never experienced the sensations, it is a bit hard to describe. But if you have it, you will recognize the symptoms immediately!
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) seems to affect most people who have it during a period of rest – most commonly when you are trying to sleep! People have used such words as a crawling sensation, pins and needles, creeping, pulling, throbbing (but not painful throbbing), burning… and just plain restless! Personally I describe it as my legs suddenly having a mind of their own. I cannot keep them still. The feeling that I have to move them causes my sleep to be totally interrupted – not to mention my husbands!
When you are used to hopping on your HyperVibe for 5 minutes before bed and suddenly cannot, restless leg syndrome may come back with a vengeance. And in my case it did!
I was surprised to read that RLS is actually a neurological disorder often called paresthesias (abnormal sensations) or dysesthesias (unpleasant abnormal sensations). I was most surprised to read that as many as 10% of the population may have RLS.
There are some medical conditions and some medications that may be related to restless leg syndrome, but from everything I have read, researchers cannot pinpoint an actual cause. Treatment seems to be just as elusive and works for some people, some of the time, but not for everyone.
My personal form of treatment is not scientifically documented to my knowledge; I am not even sure if there is any research being done between the relationship of whole body vibration and restless leg syndrome.
I just know it works and for me that is all that matters! I am assuming that the repetition of the rapid involuntary reflex reactions are at the basis of why and how it works. It makes sense: my HyperVibe increases blood flow and gives the muscles a major workout. In my case, it is enough to keep the RLS at bay. Using the HyperVibe machine is much more practical and positive than the other methods I have used over the years: a hot bath in the middle of the night; sleeping with my legs elevated and resting against a wall while I slept on the floor; and medications that make me drowsy.
I will take the more natural way that forces my muscles to work overtime any day!