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T Zone vibrating machine- well???? Thoughts??


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Has anyone used one of these machines?  If so, what is your feedback?  Your reaction?  I just tried one out at a home show and can use it again if I pay 50.00 a month for the privelege or buy the machine- 1600 for the machine.  I currently use a recumbent ex. bike and walk and garden- can't and won't use other gym machines due to inflammed joints and arthritic lower back etc.  I don't have access to a pool otherwise I would not consider this machine.  Supposedly, this machine increases a person's circulation and makes the muscles work without a person doing anything other than sitting or standing on the machine.  I would not quit the exercise that I am currently doing.  If anyone with fibromyalgia etc. has used this machine, has it helped your pain to ease??   Is this just another quackery?  Thanks for anyone's input.  I don't want to committ even 50 dollars to something that is total stupidity. 

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I've never used one of these machines, but I just did a little online research.  (part of the never-ending search for relief from FM pain) As far as I can see, it's probably not worth it.  Although some of the studies I checked found some changes, I noticed a number of red flags.

For instance:  small group sizes (12 participants=less statistically significant results); lack of double blind testing; no results or "transient" results; questionable placebo such as TENS for the control group, which has its own impact on the body; very specific test group criteria, such as MS patients or "healthy young subjects"; etc.  Also, the studies never claim to be anything but preliminary or suggestive.

Most significant, however, was the fine print on the T-Zone website, pointing out that their machine isn't actually matching the frequencies and amplitudes used in the research studies.  They also say (again in the very fine print) that they aren't claiming you'll get similar results.

One more thought, unscientific though it may be...if vibration worked all those weight loss and muscle gain wonders, would you ever see a trucker with a beer belly?  :)

However, I also have FM.  If you find the thing gives you $50 a month worth of pain relief, then maybe it's worth $50 a month.  It might be worth looking around for something soothing that's a little cheaper, though. 

Personally, I use what looks kind of like a giant candy cane with a moveable handle sticking out the side.  It vibrates at two speeds, and I can hook it around to anywhere on my back/neck/shoulders or even my feet and calves.  I hardly have to use any strength, and I don't have to twist my arms around.  It helps with the pain, and it cost me about $30 bucks plus tax at London Drugs.

ive been using one for about 2 weeks , im not sure whether it has had any inpact or not , i know i have to be careful not to turn it up to high or it hurts . everybody ive asked says it hasnt help im going to stick with iy for a little while longer . i mean it cant do any harm h x

Original Post by tessa1223:

ive been using one for about 2 weeks , im not sure whether it has had any inpact or not , i know i have to be careful not to turn it up to high or it hurts . everybody ive asked says it hasnt help im going to stick with iy for a little while longer . i mean it cant do any harm h x

It's not necessarily true that these machines can't do any harm.  After seeing a vibrating machine at a fitness expo last year, I looked into the claims.  A number of users and even a manufacturer on Amazon.com have done reviews of various vibrating machines. I did not see the T Zone machine specifically, but you may find looking at the reviews on other machines helpful, as some of the reviewers discuss the impact on their physical ailments.

Here is a note from a manufacturer re: the the notion that it can't do any harm:

"A vibration machine could affect your health in positive ways, but it could also harm your health. If the vibration is under 20 hertz, it could harm the body as people in certain occupations like truck driving have learned. So you need to know exactly what frequency you are setting the machine on. [...] when using these machines you should not stand with legs locked and upper body fully upright because it will cause excessive shaking of the internal organs."

Good luck!

thanks for that i never new that i guess i should of looked into it more x

Original Post by tessa1223:

thanks for that i never new that i guess i should of looked into it more x

Hey Tessa. One of the things I like most about CC is that in one of these forums, there is someone else who has already looked into it for you. Laughing As someone who is using one of these machines, you can provide advice that the rest of us can't, so someone else gets the benefit of your exerience. Maybe after working on the machine for a while, you can post about your experience.

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Original Post by tessa1223:

thanks for that i never new that i guess i should of looked into it more x

Hey Tessa. One of the things I like most about CC is that in one of these forums, there is someone else who has already looked into it for you.  As someone who is using one of these machines, you can provide advice that the rest of us can't, so someone else gets the benefit of your exerience. Maybe after working on the machine for a while, you can post about your experience.

 so true thanks again xxx

vibrating machine?  samething thats in the girlfriends nightstand drawer lol?

Original Post by mctubs:

vibrating machine?  samething thats in the girlfriends nightstand drawer lol?

 my thoughts exactly.....

When you have fibromyalgia plus an arthritic spine etc. this is not a funny question.   No I am not asking about a vibrator.  I am seeking a way to make pain ease down so that I can get some honest to god sleep at night and thus will be able to exercise during the day and get healthier. 

I've used a machine. It works great. A friend of mine has it and he swears by it. He's on it all the time. I'm sure the diet also helped him get to where he is but the technology is the similar as in all other vibration machines out there. 

He got his from 

 

http://www.tzonevibrationtech.com ;

 

My gym has a similar thing so i'm using that but those of you that wanna get your own be worth checking it out.

I would think that a massage chair might do as much for you?

I bought a TZone vibration machine over a year ago and it works for me. I am not over weight and am not trying to lose weight. My problem was swollen hands, fingers, ankles. For whatever reason, this has been an ongoing issue for me. I tried one of these machines and after three sessions I was able to get off my fluid pills. So I knew that the claims about circulation were correct. Although I didn't really care about the other claims, I did notice a difference in my upper leg muscle strength. Also, I found if I used the machine before doing something out of the ordinary like a marathon gardening session or a wii exercise with the kids, I did not get stiff afterward. This holds true whether I use the machine before or after the strenuous activity. I also find it relaxing in a way. My shoulders release tension after a few minutes on the machine. I hope this post helps.
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I also have fibromyalgia (among other health concerns). I used a T-Zone Vibration machine several times last summer. I felt better than I had in years!! Each time, I felt immediate increased energy, reduction in pain, and slept great!! If I had the money, I would have bought one without hesitation! I am currently shopping again to try to find a unit that is less expensive, but still the "right" type of vibration technology.  If anyone has suggestions in that regard, I'd love to hear it. It was the greatest thing I have ever tried. The relief was like nothing else. So far, many of the other machines seem like cheap knock offs, and I'm skeptical about trying them and wasting my money. I do know that the T-Zone worked. It's also the only one I have ever tried.

Also, T-zone will let you buy one via $100 monthly payments, so if you have that to spare, it might be something to consider. I tried it through a person named Jim Allen. I'll look up his website and post it later.

I'm personally at a point where I just need to find relief and heal all this stuff, and I think this vibration technology is something I just need to do.

All the best to you!

Original Post by amh042:

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One more thought, unscientific though it may be...if vibration worked all those weight loss and muscle gain wonders, would you ever see a trucker with a beer belly?  :)

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LMAO! So true.

I haven't tried these things, but one thing I don't see mentioned here is if you also have a condition that doesn't like vibration. I have Raynaud's syndrome (essentially allergy to being cold, also triggered by stress) and vibrations can totally throw me into an attack. Like after 5-10 minutes of push-mowering our lawn with our vibrating machine, my hands are crazy red like they are heating up from frostbite, feel cold and tingly, and ache unbelievably for at least a few hours thereafter.

My other concern with these type machines is that they would likely make me puke ;)  I am just not well-suited to being shook up :)

Just noticed you are arthritic - Raynaud's can be a precursor/side effect to arthritis, so if you find your hands are blue/cold a lot of the time (and holding an ice pack for 1 minute causes real pain) then you might have it, so this thing would not be a good idea.

When you wore it, did you feel better then? A lot of people are very susceptible to the placebo effect and feel better just through the suggestion that they should. So it may or may not work for you. Case in point, my MIL who is a strong believer that medical doctors know nothing and these non-doctor-doctors are the people who can heal. She has a magic wand (literally a little metal stick) that she rotates in small circles around a painful area. Apparently it works amazingly. I am a true skeptic, for me it did nothing :)

Maybe if you can try it for one month and see if you have an improvement.

A friend might have FM - I don't think he's ever seen any doctor about it - but he wears a copper bracelet every day to "suck the pain out". I know many people that that works well for, so if you haven't tried it, maybe that is something cheaper to try first?

Original Post by mctubs:

vibrating machine?  samething thats in the girlfriends nightstand drawer lol?

Seriously, I thought this topic was going to be a review of vibrators.  I'm so disappointed! 

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