Rehabilitation: targeted training for mobility
Rehabilitation in the medical sense means the attempt at reinstating the physical capabilities of a patient following a disease. The Marodyne LIV treatment system does that and is being used in many hospitals and rehabilitation centres to great effect. Its ability to stimulate muscle build-up and metabolism, boost the activity of the core muscles and type 2A muscle fibres, improve circulation, train the cardiovascular system and assist in falls prevention make it a valuable rehabilitation tool. Aside from use in medical settings, LIV is increasingly being bought by people to use in their home, to enjoy the convenience of having the device close to hand and readily accessible to use for the optimum 10 minutes per day.
By using LIV pro-actively, people are enjoying improved health and quality of life and, as a result, postponing – perhaps eliminating – the need for medical rehab sessions.
Training using the LIV treatment system helps restore vitality and quality of life, eases complaints and pain. It’s a great rehabilitation tool – but also a valuable prehabilitation system for people at risk of osteoporosis and those whose lifestyles lack physical exercise due to restricted mobility or diseases including Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy and Multiple Sclerosis.
Prevention better than cure
The former head of the rehabilitation clinic at Tegernsee, Germany, Professor Dieter Gebauer said: “When someone has a muscle deficiency, or if their core muscles are no longer sufficiently available, then load stimuli can be applied to their bones and muscles using the vibration treatment and recreate a better starting position. And this does not just apply in the field of rehabilitation for invalids, it also applies to sporty, active people and basically to people past middle age since the bones start to break down slowly but surely at this point in time... Treatment with a vibration platform can intercept age-related bone breakdown. The stimulation of muscles means traction on the bone and therefore building up of the bone... I can only recommend this treatment, from my own experience too.” And this is said by one of the leading medical professionals in the field of rehabilitation, osteoporosis and building up muscles, no less.
Prevention is better than cure and the LIV system allows people to anticipate a decline in their ability to exercise and remain mobile – due to ageing or a diagnosis of disease. In many cases, addressing the impact of one disease can help avert a secondary disease as well: for example, osteoporosis is known to be a consequence of Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and rheumatism. If these diseases’ symptoms are treated, the secondary disease of osteoporosis could be avoided and certainly its impact minimised.
Younger people and those in middle age can also use LIV to prevent many geriatric disorders. It’s exciting to think that people aged 50-60 who feel generally fit and well can hold off the symptoms of ageing and age-related diseases.
Exercise is essential
The medical profession – and the field of rehabilitation in particular - has known for decades that physical exercise is important for a healthy body, strong bones and active muscles. But not everyone takes – or makes – time for regular sport and exercise. And many elderly, disabled and sick people or those undergoing rehabilitation are physically not able to be active.
Furthermore, experts assume that exercise programmes for older people (60+) carry an increased risk of injury and consider they and others with limited physical capability or existing disorders can no longer achieve bone-building loads.
At the same time, within geriatric medicine especially, there is plenty of emphasis on taking steps to maintain mobility – and therefore independence – for as long as possible.
Rehabilitation – new strength for health
Exercise not only makes us stronger, it helps our bodies self-heal and stay well. The strength we use for exercise today will give us the strength for exercise tomorrow. The fact is, if we do not invest enough strength work through exercise in our body it will degenerate. Therefore, there is only one alternative for anyone who does not (cannot) move enough themselves: they have to let themselves be moved by introducing strength stimuli from outside the body in order to mobilise it.
The Low Intensity Vibration treatment (LIV) is a valuable tool here as it can stimulate the effects of exercise from outside the body. The treatment is orientated towards the individual making the exercise safe and accessible. The fine and gentle stimuli are particularly well suited to older and weaker people and those in rehabilitation.
In particular, osteoporosis, immobility and muscle weakness are combated effectively with Low Intensity Vibration training. LIV platforms can be found at selected clinics and surgeries but as the optimum time to use it is 10 minutes per day, many people find it easier to have one at home to ensure they meet their daily requirements from the comfort and convenience of their home. Within a family setting, many people can use it: for older people and those with health concerns, it can be used to treat their symptoms. For younger members of the family with no specific health issues, it can be used to maximise their activity levels and work at a preventative level.
More activity – greater zest for life. Training with Marodyne LIV supports the build-up of the core muscles, alleviates pain, stimulates the blood and lymph flow and supports the mobility of the joints