Because stasis dermatitis is caused in part by poor circulation, using devices that vibrate the affected areas may improve blood circulation; however, doctors don't routinely suggest vibration therapy to stasis dermatitis patients. Typically, doctors prescribe medications or advise patients to wear compression stockings and take frequent walks to improve circulation.
Vibration therapy has been shown to have some positive effects on the body, and American astronauts even use it to reduce muscle atrophy in space. They stand on a lightly vibrating plate for up to 20 minutes each day, and the vibrations mimic the minute muscle reactions of daily activities under Earth's gravitational pull. Vibration therapy was even found to prevent bone loss in lab animals [source: Barry]. But so far there's no solid evidence that vibration therapy can provide helpful treatment for people with stasis dermatitis. A 2001 study found that low-frequency vibrations increased blood circulation in patients; however, the study didn't include stasis dermatitis patients [source: Kerschan-Schindl]. Vibration therapy is a relatively new treatment, so ask your doctor if it may benefit your condition.
Although there's no cure for stasis dermatitis, it can be controlled if you take certain preventive steps. To learn more about the disorder, visit the links on the following page.
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