In an effort to understand and manage tinnitus there have been a lot of therapies theorized and used on a wide variety of patients. Vibrational sound therapy, lifestyle changes, and even low-voltage shock waves have all been found to work to varying degrees in different patients suffering from ear ringing.
The main problem here is that no two tinnitus patients are alike and although there are three main types of tinnitus, the truth is that the condition affects every single patient differently. That is why you will find that some form of therapy works for one patient but doesn’t for another.
Vibroacoustic Therapy and Tinnitus
It has been theorized that vibroacoustic therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free, and safe way to reduce pain and improve the quality of life for people who suffer one form of chronic pain or another. Because those who suffer from tinnitus hear a ringing, buzzing or hissing sound constantly, even when they try to sleep, this condition can be categorized as chronic pain.
What Exactly is Vibroacoustic Therapy?
Vibroacoustic therapy (VAT) is a form of therapy that uses the vibrations produced by sound to relax and heal the body. The theory is that since the human body is comprised of 70% water and the fact that sound travels five times more efficiently in water than it does through air, the stimulation produced by sound when placed directly on one’s body leads to a more efficient and total body stimulation on a very deep cellular level. Think of it as getting a deep tissue massage without all the accompanying pain.
Vibroacoustic Therapy and Tinnitus: FAQs
When did vibroacoustic therapy begin?
Sound therapy, in general, has been around for hundreds of years. However, the term ‘Vibroacoustic Therapy’ (VAT) was first coined in the 1980s. It is believed that the originator was a Norwegian educator and therapist named ‘Olav Skille.’
What instruments/devices are used in vibroacoustic therapy?
During a vibroacoustic therapy session, a patient will be asked to lie on a mat or a bed that is specially designed for the therapy. In many cases, the patient sits in a chair that has speakers and transducers that transmit computer generated frequencies in the form of vibrations.
At what frequency is vibroacoustic therapy most effective?
Research shows that audio waves within the range of 30Hz-120Hz that are transmitted through the right vibroacoustic device has exceptionally positive effects on a wide range of systems in the human body.
Do you need a professional to undergo vibroacoustic therapy?
It depends on the kind of sessions you want. There is a form of vibroacoustic therapy known as a ‘vibroacoustic harp therapy’ (VAHP) where instead of using vibroacoustic devices such as specially designed chairs and mats, you have a professional harp player render the therapy instead.
On other occasions or other forms of vibroacoustic therapy sessions, all you would need is to buy a vibroacoustic system that you can use at home.
Can you use vibroacoustic therapy with conventional medicine?
Yes. Vibroacoustic therapy is generally used in conjunction with a wide variety of therapies including allopathic medicine as well as a host of alternative therapies. It is believed that vibroacoustic therapy is a form of ‘adaptogenic therapy.’
Simply put, this form of therapy adapts itself to the patient’s needs. Your body uses this form of sound therapy to find the signals needed to bring itself back to full harmony.
How effective is vibroacoustic therapy for tinnitus?
One thing you need to bear in mind is that tinnitus has no cure. As such, it is a condition that can only be managed to a varying degree. Over the last 40 years, vibroacoustic therapy has been shown to be highly effective for the following conditions:
- Reduction of blood pressure and stimulation of blood circulation
- Improvement of range of motion
- Lowering the experience of pain
- Reduction of stress
- Reduction of hyperactivity
- Physical and auditory stimulation
Because most sound therapy devices are designed to effectively cause auditory stimulation to mask the ringing sound that comes with tinnitus, vibroacoustic therapy is right in the same wheelhouse. Plus, it helps to reduce anxiety and stress, both of which can run rampant when someone suffers from tinnitus.
How quickly does vibroacoustic therapy work?
For the most part, VAT has an immediate and often very pleasurable effect on the patient. However, there are some positive effects such as less anxiety and general positivity that can take several hours or even days to appear. It is advised that repeated therapy sessions be attended or administered consistently to increase the cumulative effect of vibroacoustic therapy.
What are the risks and side effects of vibroacoustic therapy?
Out of all the thousands of hours of therapy sessions that have been provided over the last 40 + years, there hasn’t been a single case of mishap or any kind of risk for the patient and therapist reported. Vibroacoustic therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free and safe form of therapy that uses the power of sound vibrations to bring the body into harmony. As such, there are no risks involved whatsoever.
Does vibroacoustic therapy really work?
The simple answer is yes, vibroacoustic therapy works. However, it does require you to have an open mind and to give the sessions time. While there are positive effects that can be felt immediately such as relaxation and stress relief, for the deep tissue vibrational manipulation to take effect you will need several sessions and a positive outlook.
Again, this is not a cure for tinnitus. Tinnitus has no cure, but it can be effectively managed with the right combination of therapy and allopathic medicine as well as lifestyle changes. As is the case with most therapies, even medication, you need to give the system time to work to your advantage. In the most cases, the best results of vibroacoustic therapy can be achieved when you go for consecutive 30-day therapy sessions.
It is important to explore all possible avenues when dealing with a complicated condition such as tinnitus. Vibroacoustic therapy is a pleasant alternative that you can try today.