Vibrational medicine is based on the principal of how the physical body responds to external influence from vibration such as sound frequencies and resonance. Lower frequency sound vibrations are more tactile as they create a more vibratory effect in the body. Music may be used in addition to vibroacoustic type therapy which increases feelings of well-being and helps to reduce stress, anxiety and decrease pain.
The research so far demonstrates the effectiveness of vibroacoustic therapy, and the further investigation of the possibilities of vibroacoustic therapy being used in various nursing settings to promote patient well-being and improve the therapeutic environment. It is shown that vibratory stimulation may be a very valuable measure for the treatment of long term pain.
At this time there is no single explanation which can prove the effects of vibroacoustic music in relationship to health practices. When asking why and how vibroacoustics works it is important to realise and recognise that effectiveness may be related to physical and mental stimulation.
- It may be ‘synergy’- the combination of the body-mind connection that makes this particular method successful in pain reduction and relaxation.
- It is shown that vibration may assist in the mechanisms of cellular cleansing which possibly have positive effects on wellness and health.
- It is shown that taped music and vibroactive stimulation in infants increased sleepy time and improved oxygen saturation levels.
- It has been proposed that vibroacoustic music be an effective treatment for persons with challenging behaviours and also developmental disorders.
Vibroacoustic Sound Therapy is being researched for what would now be known as schools for children with special needs. The research also continues with the use of specific music technology to help improve communication skills, motor control and well-being.
It is not necessary to have particular musical skills or knowledge of reading musical notation to understand how music and vibrational therapy can be applied. (Phil Ellis 1997)