Vibroacoustic Feedback Therapy as Holistic Addiction Treatment
Part of providing effective holistic treatment means giving patients the opportunity to experience unique therapy through innovative and science-based technology. With various forms of treatment for addressing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health we try to create an exceptional atmosphere for finding new ways to heal the whole of each person. This means personalized recovery programs that offer numerous holistic treatment options. One of the exciting options offered through our program is vibroacoustic feedback therapy.
What is Vibroacoustic Feedback Therapy?
Vibroacoustic therapy is a technology that has been recently recognized for using sound to produce mechanical vibrations, which are applied directly to the body. The technology uses speakers or transducers, which are typically placed within:
- Soft furniture
These outlets are then used to provide a physiologic and auditory experience. According to experts, the benefits of vibroacoustic feedback therapy include:
- Pain management
- Anxiety relief
- Symptom reduction
- Physical therapy
Over the past 30 years there are a number of vibroacoustic technologies that have been developed with unique capabilities for specific purposes.
- Sound travels 18 times faster through metal than through air.
- It travels 4 times faster through water
History of Vibroacoustic Feedback Therapy
While these systems may seem like a new piece of exciting technology, the concept of vibroacoustic feedback therapy is actually older than most may realize.
Vibroacoustic equipment was developed after innovators found the value of felt vibrations in combination with auditory effects or music or sound.
Clinical psychologist at Helsinki University in Finland named Petri Lehikoinen created a physioacoustic method based on scanning the body with sound and specially selected listening music
Norwegian educator and therapist Olav Skille developed the first VibroAcoustic Chair
U.S. inventor Byron Eakin created a vibroacoustic system as a relaxation tool, with research showing these models may reduce anxiety, tension and fatigue while also managing pain and disease symptoms.
Kris Chesky, director of education and research of the Texas Center for Music and Medicine at the University of North Texas designed Music Vibration Table (MVT) used to target frequencies within the effective range of a natural pain-suppressing mechanism that can be stimulated by vibration. This unique new technology allows for scientific measurement and control of the mechanical vibrations that impact the individual receiving stimulation using computers for complex sound processing and feedback capabilities.
In short, the progression of vibroacoustic feedback technology allowed for a better understanding of how to utilize sound and the vibrations created through specific frequencies to heal the body, while also providing ease and comfort to the mind. Chris Boyd-Brewer, MA. FAMI, who is a musician, author, speaker and trainer on the use of the arts in education and healthcare, wrote on the subject that:
“Vibro-acoustic technology offers an important treatment for relaxation, anxiety reduction, muscle-tension reduction, and pain management. Vibro-acoustics has potential for treating disorders and for use during medial procedures. The method is effective for a wide variety of medical and wellness programs and has promise for others.”
How Does Vibro-Acoustic Feedback Therapy Help Addiction Treatment?
All this technical talk of vibroacoustic feedback therapy may have you wondering- how specifically does this help addiction? How can it be applied to a personalized recovery program?
Vibroacoustic feedback utilizes sound, vibrations and images to assist clients with reducing their stress response and increasing their ability to achieve a state of relaxation. When it comes to treating substance use disorder there is a great deal of value in reducing stress and providing periods of intense relaxation. Because providing a nurturing and comfortable place to recover is a priority, vibroacoustic feedback therapy helps to reduce stressful anxiety so the individual can relax and focus on getting better.
The system also integrates a practical and entertaining biofeedback program based on decades of scientific research on the psycho-physiology of stress, emotions and interactions between the heart and brain. The program teaches individuals to use certain techniques in order to attain a more coherent state and consistent heart rhythm patterns. When we are generating a coherent heart rhythm, the body’s systems react with increased balance and harmony. For the pain management aspect, vibroacoustic feedback therapy can also support the physical recovery of someone trying to transition off of drugs and alcohol.
Our vibroacoustic feedback therapy utilizes audio, vibration and visual stimulation to give the individual a chance to be even more amerced into a state of relaxation. Each aspect of the treatment can be adjusted depending on the individual’s personal preferences, and the experience can be one that is truly transformative.