OK, here's one I didn't see coming - a study published in the Journal of Altenative and Complementary Medicine says that whole-body vibration (WBV) can actually reduce pain and fatigue, and improve physical function for those of us with fibromyalgia.
In the study, they had a group of women with fibromyalgia who followed an exercise regimen consisting of aerobic activities, stretching and relaxation twice a week. Half of the women followed their work-outs with WBV, while the other half didn't. A control group didn't exercise or get WBV.
After 6 weeks, the WBV group showed significantly lower pain and fatigue scores than the exercise-only group and the control group, while the exercise-only group wasn't significantly different from the control group.
This sounded really bizarre to me, so I did some research on WBV. Turns out, it's been proven to help physical function in the elderly as well. I also found out you can buy WBV platforms online. Some cost thousands of dollars, but I found some for around $250.
Is WBV something you'd be interested in trying? It sounds weird to me, but then again the treatments that have helped me most sound weird, too! Does anyone have experience with WBV? What do you think about it? Share your comments here or in About.com's Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome community forum.
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