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Vibroacoustic Therapy – Benefits, Effectiveness, Goals, Objectives, Indications

Physiological Benefits And Effects Of Vibroacoustic Therapy

Physical or Somatic Effect of Vibroacoustic Therapy & Its Effectiveness In Treating Stress, Reducing Muscle Spasm And Hypertonic Muscle Contraction

Physical or somatic effects of Vibroacoustic Therapy on human body are based on hypothesis that vibration at low frequency causes internal cleansing massage. Physiological transient alterations of target tissue during Vibroacoustic Therapy causes an increased blood supply of the tissue, which results in absorption of cellular waste and other toxins. These waste products are metabolized and excreted. Low frequency vibration also suppresses peripheral and central (spinal cord) pain receptors. Peripheral receptor such as encapsulated pacinian corpuscles senses touch and pressure sensation. Research suggests pacinian corpuscles are suppressed by vibroacoustic treatment resulting in joint pain relief. Pacinian corpuscles are located within deep layer of skin. Somatic effect of Vibroacoustic Therapy is observed in treatment of decubitus ulcer. Improving circulation of peripheral tissue and removal of toxins assists healing of decubitus ulcer. Music and deep tissue vibration helps to treat emotional and physical stress. Vibroacoustic Therapy reduces secretion of stress hormone and decreases consumption tissue oxygen. Vibroacoustic Therapy also helps to reduce muscle spasms and hypertonic muscle contraction of muscular sclerosis.

Psychological Benefits of Vibroacoustic Therapy & Its Effectiveness In Treating Cognitive and Emotional Components of Anxiety

Psychological Benefits of Vibroacoustic Therapy & Its Effectiveness In Treating Cognitive and Emotional Components of Anxiety

Vibroacoustic Therapy causes decreased secretion of catecholamine, which results in deep mental relaxation. Decreased catecholamine secretion also helps to reduce hypertension, tachycardia, hyperventilation and anxiety. Recent studies has also shown Vibroacoustic Therapy slows down response of autonomic system to distress triggering events. Experiment conducted on Sheep suggest Vibroacoustic Therapy influences sleep pattern and glucose utilization in infant sheep. Scientific data of electroencephalogram (EEG) collected during deep relaxation of mind suggest slowing of beta and delta waves. Similar changes of EEG were observed in different studies suggesting mental relaxation, decreased anxiety and calm behavior. Vibroacoustic Therapy is effective in treating cognitive and emotional components of anxiety.

History and Research Of Vibroacoustic Therapy & Its Effectiveness in Treating Asthma, Autism, Cystic Fibrosis, Cerebral Palsy And Insomnia.

Vibroacoustic treatment was first introduced in 1980 by Norwegian teacher, Olav Skille. He found change in behavior of severely disabled children when they were leaning against a beanbag, which was transmitting sound waves. Behavioral changes were observed when surface of beanbag was in contact with large speakers, while disabled children were in contact with beanbag on opposite surface. Olav Skille, Karel, Jindrak and Wigram had done extensive research in vibroacoustic therapy since 1980. Most of their work indicates Vibroacoustic Therapy was effective in treating several illnesses such as asthma, autism, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, constipation, insomnia, pain and Parkinson’s disease.

Scientific research data of Drs. Karel and Heda Jindrak5 postulate physical vibrations of sound results in internal cleansing massage. Vibroacoustic Therapy may help to eliminate cellular wastes and assist in cleansing the body from harmful toxins.

Kris Chesky, Director of Education and Research of the Texas Center for Music and Medicine at the University of North Texas, has done extensive work on influence of Vibroacoustic Therapy to relieve chronic pain in patients suffering with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Kris Chesky has conducted several research program to analyze vibroacoustic therapy triggering the pain-mediating mechanism.

Professor Lundeberg, T. affiliated with Department of Physiology, University of Göteborg, Sweden had published several papers suggesting effects of Vibroacoustic Therapy in treating chronic pain.

Tony Wigram, a well-known music therapist from London had written several articles and chapters in books regarding his work and observations between 1990 and 1998. He has written extensively regarding Vibroacoustic Therapy as a treatment for anxiety, spasticity and Rett syndrome. T. Wigram developed the practice of Vibroacoustic Therapy in Britain at Harperbury Hospital in Hertfordshire.

Medical Conditions For Which Vibroacoustic Therapy Is Indicated:

Vibroacoustic treatment has been effective in treating following illnesses:

Chronic Pain:

  • Low back pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Headache
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain

Musculoskeletal Symptoms

  • Muscle cramps
  • Muscle spasticity

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Learning difficulties

Respiratory Disease

  • Bronchospasm
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Cystic fibrosis

Central Nervous System

  • Aphasia
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spastic disease
  • Stress

Gastrointestinal System

  • Skin
  • Decubitus ulcer

Cardiovascular Disease

  • Hypertension
  • Tachycardia

Instruction During Vibroacoustic Therapy

Prior to procedure:

  • Patient is advised to drink a glass of water.

During Procedure

  • Patient is advised to breathe deeply.
  • Patient is advised to try to relax and loosen up.
  • Observe comfort – Preference of bed, bed sheets, mattress, bed locations, room atmosphere and room temperature.
  • Objective – Confirm patient is feeling wave of sound.

Goal of Vibroacoustic Therapy

After initial consultation, therapist can set various goal. Therapeutic goal depends on symptoms and intensity of symptoms. Goal set to analyze each symptoms are as follows:

Symptoms Goal
Agitated Achieve tranquility
Depressed Achieve to be Cheerful
Anxious Calm down
Spastic Flexible
Severe pain Mild pain
Mild pain No pain

Objective of Vibroacoustic Therapy

  • Monitor performance improvement – Therapist will schedule set number of treatment sessions to achieve improvement in routine performance.
  • Monitor self management – Monitor improvements of self-management following each session.
  • Objective is to encourage resuming work.
  • Objective is to modify and encourage to perform the household work.
  • Non-invasive approach to pain and anxiety.
  • Monitor unwanted side effects.
  • Monitor prognosis of physical and psychological aspects of pain.
  • Provide cost-effective treatment.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:June 11, 2018

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