Vibroacoustic Treatment for Chronic Pain and Mood Disorders in a Specialised Healthcare Setting


Music and Medicine




Much of what we know about vibroacoustic (VA) treatment and its efficacy has been published in case reports. Recent clinical trials have increased awareness of this treatment for target groups such as those with Parkinson’s Disease and Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Protocols for using VA treatment have not been concreticized although there has been a focus on using 40Hz. Seinäjoki Central Hospital has used VA treatment for more than two decades, with patient reports on Visual Analogue Scales being systematically recorded and showing positive outcomes on several measures including pain and mood. This treatment is offered on the rehabilitation unit as part of specialized heathcare in the South Ostrobothnia healthcare district in Finland. This paper describes VA treatment utilized within this unit, with a focus on pain and mood outcomes as reported by subjective patient reports, and practitioner and patient comments. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Chronic Pain; Hospital Setting; Hospitalized Patients; Mood; Mood Disorders; Mood Scales; Musculoskeletal Pain; Music and Healing; Pain; Pain Management and Control; Pain Score or Rating; Self-Report Measures; Sound Healing; Subjective Reports; Vibroacoustic Therapy; Visual Analog Scale (VAS)

Indexed Terms

vibroacoustic treatment; chronic pain; mood; music listening; Treatment; Acoustics; Auditory Stimulation; Emotional States

Study Type

Case Study; Qualitative Methods

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