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Research and Studies

Overview: History and Research Studies

Here are just a few examples of the research and studies performed with VibroAcoustics.


The basic theory of Vibroacoustic Therapy was first defined by Olav Skille and Juliette Alvin in 1968, in an attempt to envision a possible development of the theory and practice of traditional music therapy. The original purpose for trying sound through a bed (as opposed to the early uses of a motor vibrating a chair) was to decrease depression and increase relaxation. Later, Olav Skille's work was intended to relax and improve muscle tone in those with cerebral palsy.

Since then, researchers such as Tony Wigram in England, Olav Skille in Norway, Petri Lehikonen in Finland, Saima Tamm, Eha Ruutel, Dr. Riina Raudsik in Estonia have found a wide variety of uses and responses to vibroacoustic stimulation.

In the US, the National Institute of Health has been running a relaxation program using a vibroacoustic device since 1992. George Patrick, Ph.D., has been gathering data on a wide variety of patients and has found from just one sound treatment a 33 percent increase in perceived relaxation levels and a 54 percent reduction of intensity of pain, tension, fatigue, nausea, headache, and depression.


Explore for yourself some recent and relevant studies demonstrating the efficacy of Vibroacoustics in healing.  


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VibroAcoustic Sound Therapy: Case Studies with Children with Profound and

Multiple Learning Difficulties and the Elderly in Long-Term Residential Care.

Marko Punkanen, PhD and Esa Ala-Ruona, Phd (2012). Contemporary Vibroacoustic Therapy: Perspectives on Clinical Practice, Research, and Training.
Music and Medicine, 4(3) 128-135

Chris Boyd-Brewer, Ruth McCaffrey (2004). Vibroacoustic Sound Therapy Improves Pain Management and More.
Holistic Nursing Practice, 18(3): 111 - 118

Lauren King, Qunicy Almeida and Heidi Ahonen (2009).  Short-term effects of vibration therapy on motor impairments in Parkinson's disease.
NeuroRehabilitation, 25 (2009) 297 - 306

Lili Nahgdi MD, Heidi Ahonen PhD, Pasqualino Macario DC, Lee Bartel PhD (2015).  The effect of low-frequency sound stimulation on patients with fibromyalgia: A clinical study.
Pain Research Management, Vol 20 No 1 January/February 2015

Kris Chesky, I. Jon Russell, Yolanda Lopez, George Konsraske (1997).  Fibromyalgia Tender Point Pain:  A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study of Music Vibration Using the Music Vibration Table.
Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain, Vol. 5(3) 1997, 33 - 51

Amy Clements-Cortes, Heidi Ahonen, Michael Evans, Morris Freedman and Lee Bartel (2016).  Short-Term Effects of Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation in Alzheimer's Disease: An Exploratory Pilot Study.
Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 52 (2016) 651 - 660

Faster Recuperation of Pain and Musculoskeletal System

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