Lipedema is a fairly common disorder affecting nearly 10% of women where fat is irregularly distributed throughout the body. Specifically, those with lipedema find that fat accumulates mostly in their lower bodies, producing large, column-like legs, which look out of proportion to their upper bodies.
If you’re dealing with painful lipedema, pursuing multiple treatment options is in your best interest. Over the course of this article, we’re going to go over what options you have available, and how vibration plates can help.
What is Lipedema?
Lipedema is a chronic condition most commonly occurring in women that results in the accumulation of fat and swelling in the lower body. Lipedema is a form of edema or swelling, that is caused by abnormal growth of fat storage cells.
Lipedema isn’t just a cosmetic issue either. As fat continues to accumulate, the condition often becomes painful, as the skin becomes tender and prone to bruising. Left untreated, lipedema makes you more prone to infection and impedes healing.
The cause of lipedema isn’t fully understood, though it is believed female hormones play a significant role in its onset, due to the condition mostly occurring in women. Scientists also believe genetics may be a factor.
Lipedema Treatment Options
The most popular lipedema treatment is called complete decongestive therapy. Complete decongestive therapy is multi-faceted, and includes the following:
- Manual lymphatic drainage: A type of massage that focuses on stimulating the flow of lymph, which helps relieve pain
- Compression garments: Specially fitted compression garments or bandages are worn which help relieve swelling and reduce the odds of fluid buildup
- Exercise: Patients are advised to exercise regularly, which helps promote the reduction of fluid building, increase mobility, and helps maintain function in your legs
As a last resort in more extreme cases, either water-assisted or tumescent liposuction may be utilized to remove lipedema fat.
How Can Vibration Plates Help?
In addition to the above lipedema treatments, vibration plates may be used with great effect.
Some benefits of vibration plates for lipedema patients include:
- Improved weight loss
- Improved metabolic and lymphatic systems
- Pain reduction
- Cortisol and stress reduction
- Improved bone density
One study that looked specifically at the application of vibration plates in the treatment of lipedema found that when combined with manual lymphatic drainage, vibration plates produced superior results both in the reduction in the size of lipedema and in quality of life improvements
How Vibration Plates Can Be Used for Lipedema
To get the benefits of vibration therapy for lipedema, simply stand on your vibration plate and bend your knees. Remember to start slowly. Begin with just 10 minutes a day, slowly increasing to no more than 30 minutes a day.
If standing is difficult, you can either sit and place your feet on the vibration plate or position yourself on the vibration plate in a push-up position.
If you’re looking for a vibration plate specifically for lipedema, look no further than our Waver vibration plate, which provides the oscillation needed to get your lymphatic system moving.
Other options to consider include the following:
- Turbo: Great for pain and flexibility
- Hovert: Lateral movement adds core and balance training
- Rhythm: Great for people with balance issues
- Rumblex Plus: Provides an all-in-one experience
Remember, vibration plates are not an alternative to other forms of treatment for lipedema, but should instead be used in addition to what you’re already doing.
Checkout our full lineup of vibration plates here.