Rebounding for CFS/FMS

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by sarahcatherine, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. sarahcatherine

    sarahcatherine New Member

    I stumbled across some articles about using a mini trampoline for rebounding exercise recently. The articles claim that it is good exercise for people with restricted energy reserves.

    I was wondering if anyone on this board has used a mini trampoline for improved health/weight loss, successfully. I have had fibro/cfs for a year and a half, plus I have gained 40 pounds. Before I was ill, I was able to run and workout all of the time. I am interested in a low impact workout to shed some of my extra pounds.

    Also, I was wondering if anyone else with FMS/CFS suffers from hypermobile joints. If so, what exercises have you found to be effective?

  2. crickett

    crickett New Member

    I used a mini trampoline 5 years ago . I would start out slow and just bounce for 3 minutes a day and worked my way up to a half a hour. A women introduced me to pilates she had fibro and it was a pilates machine it's a flat board and has a neck support and a bar at the end you can google it areo pilates anyway I moved up to that and I do pilates everyday 45 minutes they are just stretching exercises and it helps to loosen me up sometimes I do not do another exercising but it keeps me moving and yes I did start out very slow even on it it came with videos to you can find them on eBay to . My husband said if I wore it out he would buy me another 1 . That's what a believer it's made out of him . Good luck and god bless
  3. sascha

    sascha Member

    i am certain that circulation is something i need to improve. lack of mobility results in continuous fitness loss.

    i found out i now have glaucoma. have been reading up on that. can't tolerate the eye drops- some of them- in my reading it seems that blood flow to the eyes may be diminished maybe causing my neutral-tension glaucoma.

    i have a bad back. trampoline not viable- but bouncing on big medicine ball i seem to be able to do. i sit and bounce for 5 minutes a couple of times a day- watching news, or baseball, or something on tv. so far seems to be something i can do.

  4. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    I bought one 5 years ago, and rarely use it, tho keep meaning to :)

    It is supposed to be very good for improving circulation, also gets lymph flowing for immune health and detoxing, which of course are very important for people who can't move around very much (like me and most of the rest of us).

    Thanks for the reminder, I shall have to seriously make an effort to start using it! And someone's suggestion of starting with 3 minutes is very good. That I could do.

  5. MicheleK

    MicheleK Member

    Hi, mini tramplolines or rebounders have been used in CFS patients who have orhtostatic intolerance. NASA found that when atronauts come back from space they experience orthostatic intolerance and low blood volume. One of the things they do to help "reset" the autonomic nervous system is to have astronauts bounce on mine trampolines.

    I asked a specialist in CFS about this subject about a year ago. He was aware of this technique and said if a person with CFS wanted to try a rebounder that was fine but they had to be very cautious so as not to have a relapse.

    The best way to use a rebounder or any form of exercise is to know your anerobic threshold and then stop exercising BEFORE you hit that threshold. For me when I was tested that meant I could not do more than one minute and 45 seconds of any exercise without rest breaks in between in order to avoid a relapse.

    You can try sitting and bouncing on your bed for a couple minutes, wait a day or two and see if you relapse. If you don't, then you can bounce sitting for longer and keep testing where your safe level is. If you pass the bed test then you might think of investing in a rebounder.

    I have two friends who bought them, used them once and both relapsed, never to get on them again. So be careful!!!
  6. sarahcatherine

    sarahcatherine New Member

    I have been using the rebounder for a few days now--with success!

    My fibro/cfs specialist mentioned that I needed to keep my heart rate below a certain level, since my body isn't good at letting me know when I've hit my threshold. So, I use a heart monitor to keep it in check.

    I recently started B 12 injections, which I think has helped to improve my energy. Anyway, I think it is fun and convenient. I am able to hop on for 10 minutes at a time and just use it as I have the time and energy!