What do you think of when you read the word Vibroacoustic Therapy? Nothing? Well, it is the latest sound technology that uses sound vibrations to reduce symptoms, invoke relaxation and alleviate stress. Transducers turn sound into vibrations allowing you to actually feel the sound.
- Patients who underwent knee replacement were 66% more likely to achieve a 90-degree bend with VAT treatment compared to 44% for those without.
- A VAT study by Chesky & Michel in Texas produced results where pain was reduced in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The total percentage reduction for music and vibration was 64%, music alone 24%.
- VAT can help alleviate depression and reduce the need for pharmaceuticals.
- Sensory muscle stimulation is being researched for patients with severe disabilities.
- Therapists treating sports injuries have found VAT a useful method of relieving pain.
The non-pharmacologic nature of vibroacoustics makes it an important pain management tool. While it may not work in every instance, it may reduce the need for pain medication and provide a pleasant alternative to medication. Its ease of use makes it a promising therapy for pain from any source including surgery, cancer, arthritis and trauma.
So what does this all have to do with a page entitled SPLASH? Well – What if we put the vibroacoustic transducers on a hot tub? Our bodies are 50-65% water – would this have similar results in water? The hydrostatic pressure of water creates equal pressure on all submerged parts of the body and is proving to be a great tool for Children with an Autism Spectrum disorder. The buoyancy of water is beneficial on joints, the benefits of sitting in warm water have long been discussed so the addition of Vibroacoustics can do nothing but enhance the benefits of all