Hi...I am a 66 year old man diagnosed with Sciatica and Arthritis of the upper spine. I started having pain management from the UK NHS but found that 1 epidural every 9 months giving 4 weeks of relief, was not working. My lovely daughter Kim, who is married to a fitness expert gave me a vibration therapy machine for Father's day two years ago to help me with my mobility. I was very sceptical at first but made an effort to use it for 10 minutes every day. The benefits I felt were amazing. When I get up in the morning I am very stiff and find movement very tiring. After 10 minutes on the Power Plate (only a cheap version) my whole body tingles and I feel young again and ready for a normal day. The Sciatica creeps up on me gradually during the day so I begin to slow down again. A further session on the machine helps to keep me going.
Since starting my sessions I have improvised using dumbells for upper body exercise whilst on the machine. As muscle groups can be theoretically exercised at several hundred times a minute, I have found that I have been able to build up several muscle groups in my body which would otherwise have taken several months of rigorous training. I have done some weight training during my life which gives me some insight into muscle building, but I never realised before that short durations of exercise using a vibration plate would provide such an amazing increase in muscle density. I must point out that this does not help me lose weight, as I cannot do the cardio-vascular exercises that burn the calories. I just want to keep as healthy as I can and boost my ever-slowing metabolism.
I don't always feel like doing my morning session, but the benefits by far outweigh the effort, so I make the effort. I would like to hear from anybody with similar problems and solutions.