Vibroacoustic Therapy (VAT) is a safe, drug-free, non-invasive approach to reducing pain and anxiety and improving quality of life. Whether you are suffering from work overload or are dealing with a serious medical condition, vibroacoustic therapy is a powerful modality that will help you relax and allow healing to take place.
How Does it Work?
Vibroacoustic therapy is based on the principle that life is vibration. Matter, including the human body, vibrates all the time, at various frequencies. Sound and music also vary in frequency. Therefore, when the various frequencies of sound and/or music are converted to vibration which is introduced to the human body, it can be utilized to bring the body into a state of healthy resonance.
Vibroacoustic Therapy uses low frequencies and therapeutic music delivered through special speakers called transducers. As a person’s body has contact with the embedded speakers, the music is sent from the source into the transducers and then is felt by the body as vibration and heard by the ears as sound. The vibro-tactile input stimulates nerve bundles along the spine, up into the brainstem and then through the limbic system. In addition, the sound stimulates the medulla in the brain stem and activates the auditory nerve that connects with all the muscles of the body. These reactions signal the body to relax and flood the brain with mood lifting chemicals. In addition, the low frequencies also cause a relaxation of the tissues, and a dilation of blood vessels and an opening of the lymphatic pathways which in turn increases the body’s ability to heal.
40 years of research on vibroacoustic therapy has shown positive results in treating many problems including:
- Increasing blood circulation
- Reducing blood pressure & stimulate lymphatic flow
- Reducing stress
- Minimizing pain
- Promoting serenity
- Deep tissue massage
- Sensory awareness
- Reduce nausea, fatigue, and depression, reduce headache, anxiety
- facilitate the Relaxation Response
- calm and soothe restless behavior
- relax muscular hyper-tauticity
- improve range of motion
As you can see, there are a multitude of benefits that vibroacoustic therapy can help with. Vibroacoustic therapy (VAT) has immediate effects as well as some that can appear hours or even days after your therapy session. This is a drug-free, noninvasive way to promote pain and anxiety relief. By doing this you can create a positive environment in which to heal and increase your quality of life.
It’s great for people who want to mitigate the side effects of cancer treatments, like neuropathy and nausea. Anybody with stress, PTSD, Parkinson’s, MS, Fibromyalgia, arthritis pain, pain management, pain anywhere in the body from head to toe, and sleep issues.
Whether it is healing a wound or breathing, the living body continuously uses energy at the cellular level. The body is always moving, and the microvibrations produced from the cells essentially retrieve energy and are involved in immunologic reactions. These biological occurrences produce rapid vibration in the body that will gradually decrease in speed after injury, intense physical stress, long-term fatigue, and time. The aim of vibroacoustic therapy is to restore the cellular energy lost over time, thus improving the overall health of the patient.
Vibroacoustic sound therapy has proven to have significant results benefiting human health both physiologically and mentally. The low vibrations increase cellular movement, thus increasing energy and cellular regeneration in the body. Consequently, inflammation and pain are reduced because of this treatment. With the addition of music, patients are able to have an increase in relaxation and decrease in psychological disturbances such as depression, anxiety, and nausea.
What can be treated with VAT?
Vibroacoustic Therapy is an amazing treatment for many chronic conditions as well as injuries. Here are just a few of the many ways this modality can help:
- Neck, Shoulder and Back pains & Backache
- Stomach pains/colic
- Symptoms of autoimmune diseases like MS
- Constipation, Irregular Bowel Syndrome
- Arthritis including RA
- Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s
- Impaired blood circulation
- Sport injuries
- Menstrual pains –
- Pre-menstrual tension (PMT)
- Headache, Migraine
- Kidney stones
- Post-operative conditions including knee and hip replacements
- Rett Syndrome
… and many more
In a day when people are seeking healthy alternatives for combating stress, pain, and illness, we should reconsider the Ancient wisdom of vibro-tactile input. Modern technology now makes it possible for this healing modality to be put into practice and available to a wider population.
- Pacemakers- because there are magnets in the transducers
- Recent surgery and/or an open wound -Vibroacoustics speeds up circulation and blood flow which aids in healing, but if you have an open sore you want it to clot).
- Acute inflammatory conditions
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (or DVT)
- Seizure disorders
- Caution with pregnancy
Specific frequencies are chosen to impact the area of concern for each client. For chronic conditions, the best long-term therapeutic benefits are often found in multiple sessions (up to 10 in some cases).
Sessions are 30 minutes
Single Session $ 45
3 Sessions $135
5 Sessions $200
10 Sessions $400
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