What the Experts and Media Say...
HELP FOR TRUCKER'S FATIGUE - a letter from Dr. Joseph S. Oliva, B.Sc., D.C., F.C.C.R.S.(C)
"As many driver's have experienced, long hours of driving results in fatigue. Fatigue may manifest itself as headaches, neck, back and leg pain. This is a result of a constant load bearing on tissues. This prolong load puts a strain on ligaments, joint capsules and discs in the spine. The medical term for this is 'Creep', which is due to the gradual rearrangement of proteins and water in the tissues that are being stressed. Sitting for long periods and being immobile has been demonstrated to reduce the capacity these tissues; muscles, ligaments and joint capsules of handling the constant pressure.
"Vibration for therapeutic purposes is not a novel modality. I have personally used it in my practice for twelve years. Everyone can appreciate the benefits of vibration/massage and now it has been introduced to the trucking industry.
"How is vibration beneficial?
"In the skin and muscles there are sensory and mechanical receptors that respond to vibration, "mechanical stimulation", this can be described as a diffuse humming feeling which is localized in the deep tissues. These receptors can reflexively override pain sensations and cause the muscles to vary in length by a small amount resulting in relaxation.
"By changing seat positioning which effect joint receptors and loading stress in combination with vibration will result in minimizing "creep", reducing fatigue and maximizing comfort.
Dr. Oliva is a Chiropractor & Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Rehabilitation Sciences (Canada). He is in private practice in Vaughan, Ontario.
RECOMMENDATION FROM A TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL - a letter from Ray Brakes, Safety Director, Forbes Hewlett Transport, Inc.
"October 5, 1998
"I have been a Safety Director in the transportation industry for approximately 6 years, prior to that I was a Professional Driver for 25 years.
"Recently I was introduced to the product 'TravelALERT' through on of our Owner-Operators and would like to state that this product is a definite asset to the trucking industry.
"I believe this product would be beneficial to any driver, as it would help reduce stress and improve alertness through a Professional Drivers careen on an ongoing basis."
EXCERPTS FROM SELECTED STUDIES - Ergonomics and Industrial Medicine Research Literature In Support of the Benefits of Pulse Massage and Vibratory Seating
The following are excerpts from various published studies correlating electro-mechanical pulse and vibratory (vibrotactile) stimulation with relaxation, improved hemodynamics (blood circulation) and muscle pain reduction. Copies of the complete studies are available upon request from TravelALERT or JB Research.
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