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Dr. Miriam Stoppard, examines the origins of Cyclo-Therapy

Dr. Miriam Stoppard, examines the origins of Cyclo-Therapy

Adjustamatic’s Health & Mobility Advisor, Dr. Miriam Stoppard, examines the origins of Cyclo-Therapy and how it has developed into a leading form of massage treatment, used in our beds and chairs.

 Here’s a trivia question you’ve never been asked: what’s the connection between a Canadian coal mine and a therapeutic massage? The chance of this one cropping up in your local pub quiz is zero, but you could find the answer interesting if you’re looking for a way to improve your comfort, relaxation and mobility.

The coal mine in question was an unlikely source of inspiration for the birth of Cyclo-Therapy, an innovative massage system which is clinically proven to provide effective relief for various ailments. It was there, back in the 1930s, that William Wettlaufer invented a machine with a shuffling mechanism to sift coal. Having noticed how workers would often lean or sit on the machine during breaks to soothe their aching backs and revive weary muscles, he produced a scaled-down version and developed a prototype massage system. It was eventually patented and refined to pioneer the concept of Cyclo-Therapy, a non-invasive, non-aggressive, soothing treatment that encourages muscle relaxation without aggravating existing medical complaints. Today Cyclo-Therapy is used and enjoyed by people of all ages and mobility levels. It’s well known and respected in the medical world and has been widely adopted by NHS services, including all spinal injury units in the UK and Ireland.

So how does Cyclo-Therapy work? A good way of   describing its massaging motion is as a whirlpool with a three-way action that rotates and pulses out from the centre. This creates vibration in all directions for optimal benefit. Its mechanical technique is called ‘cycloid vibration’ which provides an invigorating massage without adding pressure that could cause discomfort. The vibrational energy penetrates deeply and effectively into your tissues, but the acceleration rate of its mechanical waves is low compared to other vibration techniques. This is an important distinction as high rates of acceleration can damage tissue. This feature is distinctly different from massage systems that use ‘to and fro’ movements which are less comfortable in certain conditions.


Cyclo-Therapy has been the subject of extensive clinical research and studies by universities, teaching hospitals and research institutes around the world. The collective results show that it’s a remarkably versatile form of treatment offering an impressive list of health benefits:

  • – Promotes natural rest and relaxation
  • – Helps soothe rheumatic pains
  • – Helps ease nervous tension
  • – Raises your pain threshold thereby assisting pain relief.
  • – Improves blood circulation
  • – Improves venous drainage
  • – Improves lymphatic drainage
  • – Helps reduce tissue swelling due to accumulation of fluid
  • – Improves joint mobility
  • – Helps to ease high and low back pains

That list is good news if you’re suffering from symptoms such as acute pain, tension and muscle spasms, poor circulation or poor venous or lymphatic drainage. Cyclo-Therapy goes a long way to bring welcome relief for arthritis, sciatica, night cramps and spasms, varicose veins or oedema, swollen ankles, hip pain, back pain and spinal disorders. It can also help ease tension, anxiety and insomnia.

As Cyclo-Therapy can improve circulation with oxygenated blood and removal of waste products it can assist wound healing and treatment of leg ulcers. As part of a long-term strategy it can strengthen muscles, improve flexibility and enhance joint mobility, eventually speeding up recovery and reducing the risk of further injury. It’s often used for sports injury rehabilitation.

If you find it a struggle to sit down or get in or out out of bed, long-term use of Cyclo-Therapy can help to restore mobility and give you greater freedom of movement. It could also make you less reliant on medication for pain relief.

Many people considering regular massage treatment see it as a time-consuming exercise which encroaches on their freedom to do other things. Not so with Cyclo-Therapy. You can incorporate the treatment into your daily routine at home.

With over 50 years of experience in making high quality products, the design team at Adjustamatic have incorporated built-in Cyclo-Therapy technology throughout their range of adjustable beds and riser recliner chairs, meaning you can enjoy hours of massage treatment whilst asleep, reading or relaxing in front of the TV. Adjustamatic furniture includes an easy-to use-remote control, enabling you to control the precise intensity of the massage to suit your individual needs. It also offers a range of pre-set levels, from gentle relief for muscle pain and joint stiffness to a more vigorous and deep tissue massage to increase your pain threshold.

Adjustamatic’s massage technology has been used successfully for decades. It’s classified as a Class IIa medical device and carries the European Union CE 0086 mark, an indication of high quality. Now you can enjoy the benefits of Adjustamatic in the comfort of your own home, in your own time.

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