Rebounder Side Effects

Everything you do, everything you eat, everything you wear, everything you see has side effects. You swallow a pill to take away your cold symptoms and it makes you sleepy. That’s a side effect. You eat a large portion of lasagna and feel bloated. You may even gain weight. That’s a side effect. You put on a wool sweater. It keeps you warm. That’s a side effect. You see a beautiful flower and your pupils dilate from pleasure. That’s a side effect. You inhale some black pepper. It makes you sneeze. That’s a side effect.

Side effects can be good or they can be bad. I don’t know of any instance where they aren’t present. If you aren’t having side effects from something somewhere sometime, you aren’t breathing any more.

I’ve read about side effects of rebounders. I’m experiencing some of them myself. Let’s go into the negative ones first—the ones that are the result of the El Cheapo rebounders. At the outset, I’ll have to say that all rebounders (aka mini-trampolines) are not created equal. If they were, we wouldn’t have the bottom end at less than $40 and the Bellicon at over $700. I was advised to get a cheap one then, if I liked it, I could upgrade. I don’t like to buy twice when I can buy once so I didn’t take the advice.

Now for the negative side effects.

  1. Turned ankles

If your feet pronate or supinate, a cheap rebounder with straight springs may cause the ankle to turn resulting in, at the least, pain or a sprain or at the worst, a fracture.

  1. Painful knees

A lot of people have weak knees. The El Cheapo (let’s call it EC after this) can cause the same things in the knees as the ankles. Believe me, an injured knee can be a tricky thing.

  1. Hips out of alignment

The recoil on a cheap rebounder can be much quicker than on a better built one and can cause an uneven bounce. If the hips are thrown out of whack, it can end up with expensive trips to the physical therapist or the chiropractor.

  1. Back pain

That same recoil can cause the spine to be unnecessarily jarred. Repeated jarring can do what driving heavy equipment has done to my middle child. He has chronic back pain that will eventually have to be corrected by surgery. Not anything to look forward to.

  1. Neck pain

I’m the leading authority in at least a square mile area on neck pain. There have been times I was in bed for three days at a stretch because of neck pain caused by old whiplash injuries (two of them) and I wasn’t able to turn over by myself. You don’t want an overly strong recoil if you’ve ever had any kind of neck pain.

  1. Headache

Any kind of pain can travel to the head as a stress headache at minimum. The same jarring from the strong straight springs of the EC can make your head hurt, too.

  1. The billfold

Pain in the bank account comes when the rebounder wears out quickly. If it’s something you are going to use daily (or twice daily like I do), EC won’t hold up. The material can separate. The springs can break. One of my readers, Sarah, left a comment:

Oh, my!…I decided to work out on my rebounder. Half-way through my routine, it BROKE!!! How ironic is that? One of the loops the springs attach to separated from the mat. Fortunately, I wasn’t hurt. The inexpensive rebounder is now in my garage…

Now for the positive side effects.

  1. More energy

This was the first thing I noticed after only a few sessions on my rebounder. It was definite that I was able to get more done in the same amount of time.

  1. Better sleep

Now, you can believe this or not, but two of the three nights after I haven’t rebounded in the evening, I haven’t slept well. Both nights I’ve shortchanged myself in the sleep department, I woke around 3 o’clock and wasn’t able to go back to sleep. I could try it again but I don’t want to chance the same thing happening. I’ll bounce every evening.

  1. Lymphatic system stimulation

I have to take other people’s word on this one. I don’t know how I could tell if my lymphatic system was improving or not. It’s where trust comes in. I’m sure it’s a good thing and belongs under the positive heading.

  1. Denser bones

Once again, not speaking from my own experience here. I’d have to have a bone density test to see what it’s doing and it might not be measurable yet. I’m repeating what I’ve read.

  1. Better posture

I’ve noticed I’m standing straighter and walking taller. That makes my 5’3″ frame seem a little more than it really is. At least to me.

  1. More stamina

I can walk farther faster than I could before. Yesterday, I put miles on my feet with no problem except they began to complain from wearing heels they weren’t used to. That was no fault of the rebounder, though.

  1. Toning

I’m barely beginning to see where the parts that were going South are migrating North. The mechanics behind this is that rebounding causes the tissues (including the skin) to stretch and, on the recoil, it “rebounds”. When this happens, it causes it to tighten. The same thing can make the muscles develop. I may have a genuine “six pack” before long.

  1. Improved circulation

This might be along the same lines as stimulating the lymphatic system. Anything that gets you moving improves the circulation. Rebounding is a fun way to do it.

  1. Better skin

A better body over all includes better skin. You aren’t going to modify the innards without modifying the “outards”, too. It’s all intertwined.

  1. It’s fun

Every piece of exercise equipment I’ve ever had until now turned out to be work. Eventually, they’ve all been made into clothes racks. I don’t see that happening with my rebounder. I’m having a hard time concentrating on this post because I want to go bounce!

I could list more positives but I think I’ll quit writing and go give my newest exercise equipment a workout.

An FYI here—Sarah bought an Urban rebounder to replace her EC and loves it. At least one of my forum members has a Needak and that’s what Frederic Patenaude has recommended in the past. I’ve read good things about the ReboundAir. I have a Cellerciser and it’s everything I hoped it would be. You don’t have to get a Bellicon to get a decent rebounder (they do look cool) but be good to yourself and get the best one you can afford.

19 Responses to Rebounder Side Effects

  1. Heide May 14, 2009 at 1:13 am #

    Have you tried the yoga swing?
    We have a rebounder and love it – but since we got the Yoga Swing just a week ago, we have even more fun while exercising….

    • Tommie May 14, 2009 at 7:00 am #

      Never even heard of it. I’d probably end up hurting myself but I’m glad you like it! (BTW, I changed your link so people could see it in action.)

  2. Monica Rivas June 21, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    Hey Tommie, it’s Floop! I have the Needak and LOVE it. I have to remember that I don’t have to be vigorous on it to get the positive side effects. I woke up last night at 1:30AM and was uncomfortable as TOM was visiting. I didn’t have cramps, but I was restless and uncomfie. I rebounded and I felt immediatley better.

    • Tommie June 28, 2009 at 11:57 pm #

      Yet another success story!

  3. Rimrock May 2, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    although this is an old forum possibly someone reading it for the first time will like the info.

    I have a reboundair. After hurting my knees (weight gain, excessive golf, 72 yrs old) I could hardly walk. Used the reboundair and in one year I was back to what I call normal walking.

    It helps strengthen muscles and ligaments. As was said above posture was improved as well.

    Couldn’t use it after an auto accident where I suffered whip lash and found out I have arthritis in my neck. Rebounding is too much strain on vertabrae and of course the neck.

    Have to ease into the old routine again with no leaving the mat just the health bounce.

  4. Dr. Joyce Miller October 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    My name is Joyce, and I have had a Needak Rebounder for many years. I am 73 years young and for the past five or six years, I have rebounded at least once a day in the morning for 15 minutes. I like to get in two or three times a day but that isn’t always possible.

    I got the Needak not long after I had had surgery for my first breast cancer. I started knitting breasts for people who needed them. And yes, I too wear a knitted breast: I had reconstruction after my first breast cancer but when the second one came along and the doctor said what they were going to do to replace my breast with another part of me, I told the doctor that parts would stay where they belonged that time. I have never regretted that choice. And I have made and will continue to make breasts for anyone who needs one or two after having breast surgery.

    I don’t know how I would feel without the rebounder: it really has helped me a lot and I, who absolutely hated exercising for most of my life, I now rebound first thing in the morning every day. I too love raw food and eat as much as I can.

    • Tommie October 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

      Wow! You have been through a lot but keep rebounding! That’s quite a testimonial! Thanks!!

  5. Sandy K December 30, 2014 at 1:44 am #

    Hi Tommie—I found this article when I googled “knee pain from rebounding”. I think I was just a bit too vigorous following a video workout.

    I have a Cellerciser as well—it is 7 years old—but I hardly used it until recently (now I use it once a day for 20 minutes). I love it! So hopefully the knee pain goes away.

    Have you had to replace anything on your Cellerciser? Parts, the whole thing? Do you still use it?

    I am not sure I want to spend for the Bellicon, but I have no idea what the life cycle of these are.

    • Tommie December 30, 2014 at 8:19 am #

      I haven’t had to replace anything—yet. It came with a couple of extra springs. I’ll have to admit I don’t use it as much as I did when I could breathe freely. Mine seems to be as good as new. I need to start rebounding again even if it’s just gentle bouncing.

      • Sandy K December 30, 2014 at 11:09 am #

        That’s good to know—I have really felt a difference in other activities since starting it up on a regular basis. My right knee though is still with slight pain—I think it’s how I stand or land. Have to work on that.

        Take care and thank you for responding!

        • Tommie December 30, 2014 at 11:19 am #

          Did your rebounder come with a book and DVD? They have a lot of good tips.

          You’re welcome! Good luck and have fun!

  6. Lou December 11, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    I was in a car accident that messed my back up. I bought a rebounder and found that it caused excruciating back pain the day of and after use. Is there any way I can rebound without the back pain? I would really appreciate a solution, thanks!

    • Tommie December 12, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

      I’m not an expert on rebounding after an injury. If I were you, I’d consult a medical professional before trying to do anything that might aggravate your back.

    • shaaronie April 16, 2016 at 9:21 am #

      I hope that you have discovered the health bounce where your feet don’t leave the mat.

      • Tommie April 16, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

        Oh, yes! A person can even just sit on the rebounder and bounce. There are many ways to reap the benefits.

        • Paula June 16, 2017 at 8:28 am #

          I’ll check that out.

  7. Paula June 16, 2017 at 8:26 am #

    We got a Bellicon Classic for $125 from craiglist. My boyfriend tried it for only a short while, was jumping, and has pain in his knees, even one side swollen. I have been using it and enjoying it but think I’m going to have to sell it. My whole lower legs –calves, shins and ankles are really stiff and not recovering. Very hard for me to step down stairs. Disappointed. Plus I had 2 back surgeries for herniated disc in 2010 — I’ve been reading maybe I shouldn’t be doing this. 🙁

  8. Paula June 16, 2017 at 8:31 am #

    I bought the rebounder because i’m recently diagnosed with lymphoma and thought it would help. My oncologist was concerned I would hurt myself on it. I’m 64 years old. Truthfully I don’t think the rebounder is suitable for older folks. We stiffen up, get arthritis, all kinds of musculo-skeletal problems. 🙁

  9. MaryJane Knott February 10, 2018 at 11:20 pm #

    I am in good health and at a good weight and do water aerobics 5 days a week. I have arthritis in my knees and not much knee cushion left. I need weight bearing exercise for my osteopenia. Would a rebounder hurt my knees?

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