Vibroacoustic Therapy: Sound Vibration in Medicine
Vibroacoustic therapy is a recently recognized technology that uses sound in the audible range to produce mechanical vibrations that are applied directly to the body. The technology uses speakers or transducers placed within mats, mattresses, chairs, recliners, tables, or soft furniture to provide a physiologic and auditory experience. Benefits include pain management, anxiety relief, symptom reduction, physical therapy, and health improvement.
Music Therapy: The Art of Healing
Why is music such a powerful healing tool? Is it purely the relaxing and anti-stress properties of listening to a Chopin prelude? Perhaps it is creating music oneself that makes one forget his or her daily troubles. Or is it more scientific than that, the answer lying in certain neurotransmitter pathways and brain rewiring?
Music for Stress and Anxiety Reduction in Coronary Heart Disease Patients.
This systematic review indicates that listening to music may have a beneficial effect on anxiety in persons with CHD, especially those with a myocardial infarction. Anxiety-reducing effects appear to be greatest when people are given a choice of which music to listen to. Furthermore, listening to music may have a beneficial effect on systolic blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, quality of sleep and pain in persons with CHD.
Music Therapy Improves Sleep Quality in Acute and Chronic Sleep Disorders: a Meta-analysis of 10 Randomized Studies
This review concluded that music appeared to be effective for acute and chronic sleep disorders. However, positive results were observed only when subjective measures of sleep quality were used. The included trials were diverse, had small samples and were relatively low quality. Given these limitations, the authors’ conclusions may not be reliable and long-term effects remain unknown.
Effectiveness of Music Therapy as an Aid to Neurorestoration of Children with Severe Neurological Disorders.
The authors results showing improved attention and communication as well as changes in brain plasticity in children with severe neurological impairments, confirm the importance of Music Therapy for the rehabilitation of patients across a wide range of dysfunctions.