Vibroacoustic Tables as Opposed to Vibrotactile Tables

Vibrotactile and Vibroacoustic vs. Sound Therapy

Vibroacoustic Tables vs. Vibrotactile Tables…a History

Music’s healing power has been well-documented, and now its becoming popular with vibroacoustic and vibrotactile tables. The choice of music is extremely personal  and almost everyone knows that music helps them feel pleasure or helps them with the catharsis  of emotional energy. In fact, music has been show to have healing effects for a really wide range  of human health issues. Sound has a long history of being efficacious in treating dis-ease.

There is The Difference Between Vibroacoustic Sound
 and Vibrotactile Tables.
The VibraSound®️ Hydrosonic VibroTactile WaveTable

The  ancients recognized the power of sound and vibration in maintaining balance. Primitive  aboriginals are thought to be the first to use chanting, prayer, toning, and the sound from  instruments like flutes, didgeridoos, drums, and later with bells, singing bowls, gongs, and wind  instruments to heal. 

In more modern times Pythagoras is credited with being the first to prescribe music as medicine.  In 500 BC his discovery of music intervals allowed him to use harmonic frequencies as a healing  power. From that point on, music evolved through many genres like Gregorian chants, classical,  rock, hip-hop and electronic dance music and has continued to be used to inspire and heal. The  earliest known use of a vibrotactile method for healing comes from the Aboriginal people of  Australia, who used the didgeridoo 40,000 years ago. Many indigenous cultures around the  world continue to use vibrotactile methods for balancing and healing. 

As ancient traditions fell from favor, we lost sight of the powerful benefits of vibrotactile  healing. It has taken millennia to return to this lost knowledge to the general public. Perhaps the  reason why it has returned is because our first experiences of being alive occurred within the  womb where we felt our mother’s heartbeat and heard her voice. Everything we know is  vibrating at specific frequencies so it makes sense that we would continuously return to the study  of vibration until we learn how vital it is to our understanding of reality.  

In the mid 20th century Olav Skille and Tony Wigram found that vibration could benefit patients  with cerebral palsy, insomnia, pain and Parkinson’s disease. In the 90’s Wigram discovered that  vibration can heal cognitive disorders and self-harming behaviors like addition. More recently (1) Lee Bartel and his team in the new Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) at UT  are exploring the medical effects of low frequency sound and have shown that this therapy can  play a key role in reducing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and fibromyalgia with  40Hz. Treatments. His research, along with that of others is clinical proof of the efficacy of  vibroacoustic and vibrotactile therapy in healing many debilitating diseases.

More and more research is beginning to verify that, in addition to music, specific haptic  frequencies can have very effect strong, positive effects on physical, mental and spiritual  conditions.

Butler, 1997 and the National Institute of Health, 1999 

When the low frequency aspects of music or sound are used to affect the body, it is called vibroacoustic or vibrotactile or sometimes haptic therapy. Vibroacoustic and Vibrotactile therapy utilizes low frequency  sound waves and therapeutic music to treat people for pain, addiction, and many other medical  issues even though this type of therapy is not very well known by the general public.

Music and  sound is meant to be seen and felt in addition to being heard. Vibroacoustic and Vibrotactile therapy was  developed to enhance the efficacy of sound and color therapy and allows users to feel the  vibration in every cell of their body. There are currently a number of advanced hospitals around  the world that use vibrotactile therapy as an adjunct to conventional treatments, along with more  and more universities that teach courses about this subject. 

The Science of Vibrotactile and Vibroacoustic Tables

There is a huge difference between vibroacoustic tables and vibrotactile tables. The effect of vibrotactile therapy extends beyond the brain into every cell of every tissue within  the body. It also provides deep physical cellular stimulation to skin, muscles and joints, resulting  in decreased pain and increased mobility. Like hand/mechanical massage, vibrotactile therapy  aids circulation, relaxes muscles, and feels really good.  

The Body's Integumentary System of the Outside Membrain
The Body’s Integumentary System of the Outside Membrain

Vibration enters into the brain via different circuits than the auditory nerves. There are  thousands of corpuscles located all over the body in the integumental system that transfer  vibrations directly to the brain. A third of the brainstem processes vibrotactile information.  Adding that sense to an experience has an equal effect as when sound is added to a silent movie.  It greatly increases the amount of information reaching the brain. 

While vibroacoustic and vibrotactile therapy has been around for many years, it has only recently become an  accepted professional approach to healing pain, enhancing meditation and mindfulness for those  trying to recover from addiction. There is a difference between vibroacoustic tables and vibrotactile tables. There are many sound tables on the market but there is only one true vibrotactile table.

Humans can hear from 20Hz to 20,000 Hz so most sound tables available  allow that at the frequency range of the table. This is based upon the idea that sound travels to  the brain in the same way as vibration. However, as seen above, vibration enters the brain  through an entirely different mechanism than sound.

The human body is most sensitive to tactile  vibration from only around 1 to about 280 Hz. Strangely, this range is similar to that of human  brainwaves which might explain why vibrotactile therapy is so powerful. Therefore, a true  vibrotactile table would limit its frequencies to a very narrow range which can be felt instead of  heard. This greatly reduces the load put on the transducers, improves performance and is much  quieter as sound tables generally require a sound proof room. 

It is known that sound waves move through water at least 5 times more efficiently than through  the air and that the water in the human body accounts for at least 50-65% of its makeup. This  makes the human body a receptive vessel for vibrotactile input. The VibraSound® Wavetable™ was designed as a hydrosonic transducer that can turn a person’s body fluid into a speaker  allowing the sound to be felt as though it was being generated inside the body rather than laying  on something that is vibrating.

Whenever vibration is passed from one material into another the  impedance between them looses some of the signal. The VibraSound®️Wavetable™ resolves this issue with a  impedance matching technology and the hydrosonic mattress.  

There is a difference between oscillation and vibration…a difference between vibroacoustic tables and vibrotactile tables. Most sound tables on the market are  oscillators as they vibrate the entire body all at the same time. Introducing 100Hz into the  system will vibrate every cell of the body regardless of its resonant frequency. However, the  Wavetable is a vibrator that causes the vibration to remain within the body. Putting 100Hz into  its special mattress allows only those structures within the body that are resonant to 100Hz to  respond to the signal. Therefore, it makes a much more accurate transfer of specific frequencies  to certain parts of the body than oscillation.

In addition, to being more powerful and allowing much lower frequencies into the body, vibrotactile tables have another significant advantage…they are much quieter than sound tables that require a sound proof room. You can be standing right next to a true vibrotactile table and hardly hear it, but the user is feeling it in a much more powerful way.  

A Cymagraph created from a Cymascope
Figure Two: A Cymagraph created from a Cymascope

A new science called Cymatics illustrates how vibration responds on different types of media. A metal plate can be used  with sand to show the patterns that specific sounds create on the surface. The same phenomenon occurs in water. A device called a cymascope is used to observe the way structure created by certain frequencies and vibrations fed into water vibrate its  surface. Amazing patterns can be seen arising from such visualizations. Figure Two above, shows a typical  cymagraph. The VibraSound® Wavetable™ is a gigantic cymascope that a person lays down on  and receives those kinds of patterned vibration throughout the fluid in their body. 

How it Works

Clients lay down on a reclining chair, massage table or bed with embedded speakers called transducers that turn sound into tactile vibration. As a person’s body has contact with the  transducers, the music is sent from the source into the transducers and then is felt by the body as  vibration. The vibrotactile input stimulates nerve bundles along the spine, up into the brain stem  and then through the limbic system.

In addition, the sound stimulates the medulla in the brain  stem and activates 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 lifting chemicals. In addition,  the low frequencies also cause a relaxation of the tissues, and a dilation of blood vessels and an  opening of the lymphatic pathways which in turn increases the body’s ability to heal. The VibraSound® system adds sound, light and color into the synchronized experience. 

Figure Three: The VibraSound WaveTable

The Effects of Vibroacoustic and Vibrotactile Table Therapy

The vibrations stimulate nerves in the spine, brain stem, the limbic system that drives emotional  response, and activates the auditory nerve that connects to muscle nerves. The low frequency  bass causes muscle tissues to relax, blood vessels to dilate, and increases the body’s capacity to  heal. It dramatically enhances the parasympathetic relaxation response and balances the entire  nervous system via the vagus nerve. Vibroacoustic and Vibrotactile tables put the body in sync with itself.  

Vibroacoustic and Vibrotactile Table therapy improves mental, physical, and emotional health. For those dealing with  major stressors in early addiction recovery, vibrotactile therapy can help one relax and stay  present in the moment without feeling the urge to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. This form of  therapy has no known negative side effects and numerous positive effects. 

Some of the positive responses from Vibroacoustic and Vibrotactile Therapy include:  

• Helping the body self-regulate to a calming state 

• Reduced anxiety 

• Lowered blood pressure 

• A reduction in pain and muscle tension 

• Increased relaxation and happiness 

• Increased blood circulation 

• Slower heart rate and reduction of stress 

• Better sleep quality 

• Better regulated limbic system 

• Shortened healing period 

• An Epiphany or Aha! Moment 

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