A WOMAN who suffers from debilitating illnesses Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia has found a way of easing her pain which she has described as ‘life-changing’.
The conditions cause Lucy Gorton, 42, from Stroud, to suffer severe pain, with muscle spasms, trapped nerves and no energy.
But she has since tried out a vibration training platform which she said has improved her symptoms.
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic condition in which the spine and other areas of the body become inflamed.
Fibromyalgia causes pain, including aches, a burning sensation and sharp, stabbing pains all across the body. Her condition has even caused her to stop working.
I suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia, amongst other debilitating illnesses,” said Lucy.
“My various conditions cause severe joint pains and inflammation, muscle aches and fusing of the back, and I often feel drunk with fatigue and no energy.
“I frequently pull muscles and they spasm and spread. I get a burning sensation down my spine and frequently get trapped nerves in my lower back and down my legs.”
Both Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia leave individuals with extreme tiredness and all-over pain, meaning Lucy has been forced to drastically alter her formerly-energetic lifestyle.
Routine exercises gradually become too painful to bear, meaning general fitness can often decline.
“I am unable to lead a normal life like that of someone my age. I have to plan my day around my energy levels and pains, whereas before I was an outdoor person who had horses and animals,” said Lucy.
“I have had to change my life.”
Desperate to find a solution to her daily problems and pain, Lucy bought a Vibrostation Home Studio – a piece of vibration training equipment which works by sending pulses around the body, causing rapid involuntary contractions.
The process exercises almost every muscle in the body and has been used by both Olympic athlete training programmes and space agencies, with the latter deploying it to help counteract the osteoporosis effects of weightlessness.
“I bought Vibrostation specifically to help manage my aches and pains and to keep as mobile as possible,” Lucy explained. “It is a great way to start the day.”
“It wakes up all the joints and muscles, increasing my energy levels to begin my day without wearing me out. It has made me feel more stable and less fragile, with my muscles toning up and feeling stronger.
“When you cannot face driving to the gym, or changing into gym kit it is so easy just to get on the Vibrostation.”
Lucy now uses the technology for 10 minutes every morning and has said it helps her to control her illnesses.
It isn’t a cure for the conditions but it helps to manage them.
Lucy said before she used the equipment she was pulling muscles continuously.
She added: “My flare-ups of the Ankylosing Spondylitis are extremely painful but thanks to the Vibrostation the motion eases and controls the spread of muscle and joint spasms.
“My recovery, therefore, is so much quicker. I rarely have muscle aches and joint pains throughout the day anymore.
“I suffer from a liver disease, primary biliary cholangitis, and I’m regularly scanned for osteoporosis.
“Weight bearing exercise is crucial and by using the Vibrostation I feel I am being proactive in delaying the onset of it.”
Lucy has been using the vibration training for six months, and described it as ‘life-changing’.