"Thousands of people will die from drowning this year, not in a pool or ocean, but by their own body fluids".
While Fibromyalgia continues to be one of the most misdiagnosed conditions, regardless we can definitely find similar symptomologies in thousands of people regardless of whatever the causes are for each person. We know enough about some of the effects in the body to try various therapies with some success. Generally someone with Fibromyalgia is much more burdened with toxins than a person without this condition. They also have widespread pain. So knowing that many of those suffering from some of these most common symptoms have had some success using a whole body vibration machine, this can be a great option that does not yield the types of side effects we see in traditional western medicine’s approach to treatment.
The vibration machines that I would recommend to someone with fibromyalgia are usually unique. Too high of an acceleration force (G force) with too much ballistic impact on joints and muscles, can be too stressful if someone is already pain from the condition. The machines that have enough "pop" but are not too forceful usually relieve pain than the ones that are too jarring (jackhammer effect).
We really need just enough power to open the one way valves and get circulation going, and anything beyond that might be too much of a stressor and lead to a maladaptive response. Google about the Hormesis effect to learn about adaptive healthy versus maladaptive stressors. Besides analyzing the machine itself there are also specific recommendations on usage strategy for someone with Fibromyalgia. Starting with 10 minute sessions is not always advisable. It is usually better to break it up in 2 minute sessions throughout the day so the body doesn't get too overloaded all at once with toxins draining out of the fat and lymph. Also, many people lay around or sit a lot of the day for work or leisure and it is good to break up that stagnancy through repeated short WBV sessions.
One particular machine that helps track sessions is the Zaaz 20K vibration machine as it is one of the few machines that has a built in step counter on the console, so if you want to carefully track how your body adapts and feels with greater accuracy that is now possible. You can for example do 1,000 vibrations in the morning, 1,000 in the afternoon, and 1,000 in the evening. This would be about 10 minutes total for the day. AT 5 hertz it takes about 3 1/2 minutes to do 1,000 cycles per second/vibrations/hZ.
This particular machine also was one of the smoothest I have stood on. The movement of the plate from peak to peak does give an aggressive pop but a smooth sine wave type of acceleration. It’s hard to explain to someone who has never tried that machine or the Gallileo ($15,000 German machine that is the gold standard for Pivotal vibration). The Zaaz has a very similar feel to this German machine with this one particular performance feature.
Pumping too much sticky lymph and blood all in one longer session can cause a detox crisis AKA herximer reaction. I hear too many stories usually from the folks who just listened to the Sales Reps at a WBV company who have no real direct knowledge about how to coach people with their health goals and conditions. So I strongly recommend starting slow. I have found though that most people who have been through the struggles of Fibromyalgia are generally very careful and discerning when embarking on new regimens or programs or anything for that matter that could impact their body. Doing 10,000 vibrations a day on day 1 will almost always induce detoxification symptoms as it can't clear out of the body fast enough. I recommend warming the body up with a Biomat (this Class 1 Medical Device emits Infrared energy/light wave) initially to loosen up the blockages. There are a few rehabilitative centers in Mexico that use this protocol with a lot of success for helping people with major diseases from Lymes to MS to Fibromyalgia. When a body is already swollen with 2 to 3 times as much lymph fluid you have to be careful about what you do.
Also, those with Fibromyalgia who cannot stand for long might want to lay down on the floor and put their legs on the plate. It is quite relaxing too and a great technique for those who have trouble falling asleep at night. In fact this leg stimulation has been proven to induce Alpha Waves in the brain. Remember, a slow detox can lead to superior results. Slow and steady wins the race!! When you get your vibration machine, you might even not want to stand on it at all and just put your legs on there for a few days or weeks. 80% of the lymphatic vessels are in the legs so one can actually accomplish a lot this way.