Arthritis is a condition that affects the cartilage between bones. Though there are over 100 variations of the disease, one of the symptoms they unfortunately share is joint pain. The reason for this is that Arthritis causes the cartilage, a firm but flexible tissue that acts as a protective buffer between bones, to become inflamed and wear away. The loss of cartilage leads to friction between the adjoining bones, wearing them down and causing discomfort or pain for the arthritis sufferer.
Exercise can be one of the best treatments for arthritis, which may seem strange when you consider that arthritis is a disease characterized by movement pain. Exercise helps by strengthening the muscles that surround the affected joints, providing additional support and relief for the damaged cartilage. Exercise can also help with weight control, further reducing stress on the joints, as well as providing more energy throughout the day and better rest at night.
The Mayo Clinic sums it up this way: “Even moderate exercise can ease your pain and help you maintain a healthy weight. When arthritis threatens to immobilize you, exercise keeps you moving.”
Arthritis is not only an often disabling disease, but it’s also a very common one. According to the Center for Disease Control, 46 million American adults have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. Though extensive research continues in the field, prevention and treatment are presently the best weapons against this disease.
Exercising on the bellicon is an ideal solution for most people with arthritis. Rebounding on a bellicon mini-trampoline conditions you from the inside out, providing a world-class cardiovascular workout, muscle toning, lymphatic drainage, all while improving balance and strengthening your bones. Because of our unique bungee suspension system, it provides all of these benefits with the least possible stress on your joints and cartilage, which anyone with arthritis pain will appreciate. Spring based rebounders can’t begin to compare to the gentleness, and effectiveness, of a bellicon workout.
If you have arthritis, you should make sure to take it easy when beginning a new exercise regimen, even rebounding. Even if you are gentle about it, you will probably feel some aches or pains after exercising for the first few weeks. If the pain lasts for more than two hours after your workouts, you might be doing too much, so try reducing the intensity or duration of your workouts until the discomfort is manageable. Stretching before and after your workout will also help your joints to adapt more quickly to the increased activity.
“The truth is that you will have to stick with an osteoarthritis exercise program for about six weeks, exercising two or three times per week, to start feeling or seeing any benefit.” Ronenn Roubenoff, MD, Rheumatologist, Arthritis Today
We suggest the “Health Bounce” for anyone with arthritis who is beginning to use the bellicon. Health Bouncing is when you bounce in such a way that your feet never leave the surface of the rebounder, but instead take advantage of the bellicon’s extreme elasticity by pressing deeply into the mat on each bounce. It’s a gentle and efficient way to get your heart, lungs, muscles, and lymphatic system energized while exercising your joints in one of the least stressful ways possible.
For most people with arthritis, using the bellicon is a great way to get maximize their fitness and overall health, or to get themselves back into the exercising habit. After a few weeks, you should begin to feel more energy and vigor, and a reduction in arthritis symptoms.
Just like muscles, healthy bones need exercise to stay strong. Physical activity and routines that involve supporting your own body weight infuse bones with calcium, making them stronger.
If you suffer from osteoporosis and osteopenia, there’s no better way to increase your bone density than rebounding on a bellicon®. That’s because bouncing is the ultimate weight-bearing workout. Your body shifts between experiencing weightlessness and up to four times normal g-force, stimulating your bones to rebuild.
While there is no medical treatment for age-related loss of muscle mass – known as sarcopenia – you don’t just have to watch yourself waste away.
Aerobic and resistance exercise together with a high-protein diet can help to reverse the effects of aging by rebuilding underused muscles, boosting energy levels and improving stamina.
Best of all, you won’t drag your feet over getting your low-impact cardiovascular and weight-bearing exercise on a bellicon®. That’s because making the healthy choice has never been this much fun.
By far the most common of the many forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage at the ends of bones wears down over time. With the pain that sufferers experience making even everyday activities a challenge, exercise often seems a leap too far.
But hopping on a bellicon® can be one of the best things you can do for your condition. Gentle, low-impact rebounding tones muscles, lubricates joints, improves flexibility and can even relieve arthritis pain.
Everyone knows how exercise, as it increases the flow of blood and oxygen, helps the cardiovascular system, but we don’t often consider how it benefits the lymphatic system.
Our lymphatic system is responsible for taking the toxins, bacteria, dead cells…as well as cancer cells…that our immune system targets and removing them from our body. Since it has no pump, it needs motion and gravity to force the thick lymph fluid through our system.
If you’ve ever watched a toddler learning to walk, you’ll know that balance improves with practice. On a bellicon®, you’re giving your brain a refresher course in equilibrium. That’s because the repetitive motion of bouncing renews nerve pathways to your muscles.
Rebounding also steadies you by building core muscles, leg muscles and ankle strength – all of which are essential for balance and good posture.
Of course, balance is not the only thing that a bellicon® workout improves. You’re also getting a boost to your health and fitness all rolled into one.Read more details about this health benefit here
Discs and joints are no different from the rest of your body. To remain healthy, they need exercise. The spongy tissue inside a disc is saturated in water. For the disc to receive nutrients, this liquid must be wrung out and replaced. Besides facilitating this process, physical activity also helps maintain joints’ flexibility and range of motion.
Bouncing on a bellicon® gives you the energising, low-impact workout that your spine as well as the rest of your body needs to let you walk as tall and straight as you did in your youth.