Vibration Therapy, Your Lymphatic System and You

“Effects of whole body vibration in patients with multiple sclerosis” – Medical University of Vienna, Austria – this pilot study indicated that whole-body vibration may positively influence the postural control and mobility in multiple sclerosis patients.

What is your Lymphatic System

The Lymphatic System – most of us are barely aware that we have one. Fewer still know what it does and why it is so important to our health. The most important thing to know is just how easy it is to keep it functioning well so let’s just do a quick update.

The Lymphatic System has multiple interrelated functions:

  • It is responsible for the removal of fluid from tissues and cells and returns fluids, including plasma protein, to the blood. It thus maintains fluid balance.
  • It absorbs and transports fatty acids and fats to the circulatory system.
  • It transports immune cells to and from the lymph nodes and into the bone where an immune response is stimulated.

1. Lymph is fluid and protein which has been squeezed out of the blood. The lymphatics also remove particles of material such as bacteria from tissues. As the blood circulates, fluid leaks out into the body tissues carrying food to the cells and waste back to the blood stream. So the lymphatic system is important for distribution of nutrients in the body and draining excess fluids and proteins so tissues do not swell. It is a tissue-cleansing fluid.  

2. Lymph transports fats from the intestines to the blood.  Lymph vessels are present in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, predominantly in the small intestine. While most other nutrients absorbed by the small intestine are passed on to drain into the liver for processing, fats (lipids) are passed on to the lymphatic system to be transported to the blood circulation. These fats play very important roles in many functions of the body including brain function.

3. Lymph plays an important role in the immune system as it acts as a barrier to infections by filtering out and destroying toxins and bacteria and fighting the spread of tumors. Through the flow of lymph the body is able to eliminate the waste caused by cellular breakdown and bacterial invasion. It is through this action that the body is able to fight infection and ward off foreign invaders.

Therefore, the lymphatic system is a very important part of the immune system which also includes the spleen, thymus, bone marrow and the tonsils.

The lymph system is a one-way system, transporting fluid back to the blood. It flows only toward the heart and has no central pump. So movement of lymph fluid occurs only due to the contraction of muscles in a peristaltic wave down the length of the muscle.

Thus it becomes clear to see why it is so important to the health of the body to maintain an exercise regimen.

Vibration Training and Your Lymphatic System

With Vibration Exercise Training, the very first reaction of the body to this stimulation is the “muscle reflex response” initiated by the brain. A sensor in the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel is constantly signaling the brain that you are losing your balance when it detects the oscillating action of the foot plate on the Trainer. The brain then engages 100% of the muscle in the body to become prepared to do whatever it needs to do to stabilize you.  

This necessary peristaltic action of the muscle is thus being triggered in every muscle in the body. In normal fitness training only about 40% of the muscle can be affected because this is your “voluntary” muscle and is the only muscle that you can voluntarily control. The brain controls the rest and it is all being activated in Vibration Training.

And this means of activating and strengthening the muscles only requires a few minutes of your time each day without any stress to the joints.

Medical Research:
Does physical activity reduce seniors’ need for Health Care?: A study of 24,281 Canadians.- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC -  This study assessed the association between physical activity and 1)healthcare resource utilizations and 2) healthcare resource utilization costs. Respondents to the Canadian Community Health Survey were >65 years of age. Physical inactivity was associated with statistically significant increases to hospitalizations, lengths of stay and healthcare visits. Average healthcare costs (2008 Canadian $) for the physically inactive were $1,214.15 greater than the healthcare costs of the physically active ($2,005.27 vs. $791.12)