Health Benefits of Vibro-Tactile Therapy

8 Health Benefits of Vibro-Tactile Therapy

Deb Wellmes, MA, ND

Vibro-tactile healing has been around for millennia but is somehow not very well known or recognized in our “modern” world.  There has been good, solid research over the last 40+ years that has shown great benefit of vibro-tactile therapy for many conditions.  Some of these conditions include pain, anxiety, and chronic stress. 

Interestingly, some of this research has shown added benefits beyond the conditions specifically studied. In addition, there have been anecdotal reports that have corroborated the research findings. And still, the modality has not made its way into a wider consciousness as a healing option.

Examination of a timeline on the use of vibration for healing reveals that sound, vibration, and vibro-tactile healing have been used for thousands of years, all over the world by many different cultures.

 

How Does Current Vibro-Tactile Therapy Work – The Science

Vibro-Tactile Therapy uses low frequency sounds and therapeutic music delivered through special speakers called transducers.  The transducers can be embedded within some sort of furniture such as portable mats, mattresses, and massage tables, custom tables with water bladders, beds and recliners. 

As a person’s body has communication with the embedded speakers, music is sent from a source, such as an MP3 player, into the transducers and is then felt by the body as vibration and heard by the ears as sound.  The Vibro-Tactile input stimulates nerve bundles along the spinal column, up into the brain stem and then triggers the limbic system. In addition, the sound stimulates the medulla in the brain stem and stimulates the auditory nerve that connects with all the muscles of the body.  These reactions signal the body to relax and flood the brain with mood enhancing chemicals.

In addition, the flow of low frequencies into the body also causes a relaxation of tissues, a dilation of blood vessels and an opening of the lymphatic pathways which in turn increases the body’s ability to heal.

 

 

8 Health Benefits of Vibro-Tactile Therapy

Overall, the benefits of Vibro-Tactile Therapy increases resiliency of both the mind and the body.  When the mind is more resilient, it has the capacity to cope more effectively and appropriately with stressors. When the body is resilient, its ability to restore balance and heal is optimal, thus creating a high degree of well-being.

1.    Lower Blood Pressure

2.    Reduce Pain

3.    Reduce Anxiety

4.    Improve regulation of Limbic System

5.    Increase Circulation

6.    Shorten Healing Periods

7.    Increase Sleep Quality

8.    Increase Sense of Calm

 

When Vibro-Tactile Therapy is used in conjunction with other vibrational modalities, such as essential oils, Reiki, and tuning forks this creates what Don Estes calls “Sensory Resonance”, where the individual is bathed in harmonic frequencies that integrate the whole brain and body into a state of peace and calm. Essentially, a well-constructed Vibro-Tactile session can help an individual reach a deeply meditative state and receive all the benefits of such a state.

Allopathic medicine has brought with it a “medication-fix” for just about everything that ails modern society. Often, the “medication-fix” carries with it the consequence of side effects.  In a day when people are seeking more natural and integrative alternatives for combating stress, pain, and illness, the Ancient wisdom and modern technology of Vibro-Tactile input should be considered as an option.