Good Vibes: the Movement is Medicine

Our fascia network is like organic coral. What do vibrations do to move this coral and all its parts?

1.  Who can use vibrations as medicine?

Movement is a component of our best life and health, especially when mobility is changing.

When we have a range of motion or strength we want to expand, a vibe plate can teach our bodies to move past current restrictions.  This is especially useful when we have physical disabilities, injuries, and aging alters our mobility or body structure.

Tom is someone who has had very positive results with regular practice on the vibe plate.  Tom is a friend of Smart in Five, and we met him at adaptive yoga at the Chanda Plan Foundation.  Tom’s been doing yoga 2 to 3 times per week for 9 years, and dreams of opening an adaptive yoga studio in the mountains.  The vibrations of the plate help Tom get the movement to be able to crouch and rise while holding onto the bar. He is using a Power Plate. Power Plate have some great research on their site about who can benefit from using it, including this paper which specifically relates to spinal cord injuries and healing.

2. What is a vibe plate?

A vibe plate is a technology device that extends vibrations into our bodies.

It is a platform you stand on.  Some versions, like the Power Plate at Chanda Plan Foundation, have hand rails by your waist to hold onto. The vibe plate is like a yoga-robot that we stand on causing us to use and flex muscles in complex way that is different than our daily patterns.  Similar to concepts of tensengrity in yoga, standing on the vibe plate enables movement of muscles that can free up new motion.

A vibe plate is a tool for movement; it uses vibration to create motion where it is otherwise limited.

Tom lives using a wheelchair, and has been using L bars for years.  After working with the Power Plate along with his regular adaptive yoga practice, he is able to pull up to standing, kneel slightly, and stand on  one leg.    He says the vibrations make his body feel like its sucking everything in, creating a positive tension inside his body once it starts.  This engagement in his body helps him to control his body where he has been numb.

 

3.  Where is this available?

At integrative medicine centers, physical therapy locations, large scale places; pricing is still too high for most consumers.

Smart in Five learned about this vibe plate at the Chanda Plan Foundation, in Lakewood, Colorado.

4.  When should you consider this type of treatment ?

When you have motion limitations you want to expand, or strength you want to build, especially as it relates to standing and sitting.

If you are in a wheelchair you may still be a good candidate for this type of treatment.  As always, you must pursue any treatment actively, asking your doctors, nurse practitioners, and insurance companies what is available.  You may need to use terms like physical therapy or occupational therapy services to explore what is possible.  If they say you don’t need a vibe plate but you think you may benefit, work with your doctor to document your problem so you can work towards gaining that coverage.

5.  Why is this important?

Our bodies, and motion, are a key element of health at all ages.  So using technology that increases our motion, and our abilities, improves our health.

If you want to learn more from some the experts in body work outside technology I would recommend:

  • Tom Meyers, the man of tensegrity.  He talks a lot about body mechanics and changing our concepts of how we see our bodies. Instead of imagining our bodies like rigid stacks of bricks, imagining each muscle as a round three dimensional suspension bridge is actually probably a better metaphor.
  • Matthew Sanford, yoga guru.

Over the last 6 months, we’ve had the chance to volunteer at adaptive yoga at the Chanda Plan Foundation.  This Colorado based foundation offers integrative medicine at a beautiful new center in Lakewood.  The Chanda Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.  They are piloting services like adaptive yoga, acupuncture, and the vibe plate to prove that the long term cost of health care can be reduced through integrative care.

The vibe plate is one tool that uses movement as the medicine.