Jen Adams LMT

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Chi Machine

I affectionately call this my wiggle machine when I offer it for use with my clients. It gently wags the body back and forth from side to side. This gentle, swinging movement cycles up through the body, which, in turn, can help promote loosening of the joints flexibility in the ankles, knees, hips and spine, relaxation of the muscles in the back, and increase circulation in the lower extremities. Increasing the circulation, in the lower extremities, can help relieve swelling in the ankles and legs. This wiggle machine or chi machine can offer some of the benefits of aerobic exercise without stress or impact on the joints.

Several studies indicate that passive exercise can be extremely beneficial especially to those who are unable to do aerobic type exercise but also those who do aerobic type exercise. It helps loosen muscles before an intense workout. It helps to use as a cool down after a workout. Although passive exercise does not increase the heart rate or burn as many calories as true aerobic exercise, it can increase circulation, oxygenate the blood, help with the production and release of nitric oxide and endorphins, and help move the lymph fluid, which can be beneficial to the immune system.

Some of the conditions use of this machine may benefit highly are: 

  • Edema
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson's Disease

The human body has two circulatory systems, which are your body’s delivery systems. These are the cardiovascular system and the lymphatic system. The cardiovascular system is made up of the heart, blood and blood vessels. Blood moving from the heart delivers oxygen and nutrients to every part of the body. On the return trip, the blood picks up waste products so that your body can get rid of them. Increased blood circulation helps your body eliminate waste products and deliver oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles, helping them recover faster. The lymphatic system is also connected to every part of the body, but its function is completely different from that of the cardiovascular system. The lymphatic system is made up of the spleen, thymus, tonsils, adenoids, lymph nodes and lymph fluid. Lymph vessels branch through all parts of the body like blood vessels, except the lymphatic system carries a colorless liquid called lymph instead of blood. Lymph circulates through the lymph system, around body tissues to the lymph vessels. As blood circulates, fluid leaks out into the body tissues. The leaked fluid drains into the lymph vessels where it is filtered; the old worn out red blood cells are replaced with new ones and returned to the bloodstream. Increased lymph flow helps the body eliminate waste products and helps kill pathogens and some cancer cells more effectively. Being aware of the differences between these two systems makes it easier to understand the special difficulties encountered when any part of these systems is not functioning properly.

Normally the body maintains a balance of fluid in tissues by ensuring that the same of amount of water entering the body also leaves it. The circulatory system transports fluid within the body via its network of blood vessels. The fluid, which contains oxygen and nutrients needed by the cells, moves from the walls of the blood vessels into the body’s tissues. After its nutrients are used up, fluid moves back into the blood vessels and returns to the heart. The lymphatic system also absorbs and transports this fluid. In edema, either too much fluid moves from the blood vessels into the tissues, or not enough fluid moves from the tissues back into the blood vessels. This fluid imbalance can cause mild to severe swelling in one or more parts of the body. Many ordinary factors can upset the balance of fluid in the body to cause edema, including immobility and medications. 

The machine should not be used when body trauma or open wounds are present, or by somebody who recently has had some form of surgery or recent fracture. Individuals who have had recent surgery can use the machine once the doctor has released them to do normal exercise and activity.

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