|Tactile Sound Massage and Vibroacoustic Newsletter|
This issue of the newsletter features an interview with Christina Mitchell from Ft. Myers, Florida, the third installment of a new article by Olav Skille on Vibroacoustic Therapy and Its Effect on Various Populations, as well as the featured CD of the month that is excellent in the Tactile Sound Tables.
Olav Skille has a new offering that he has been working on. Olav will build you a CD using the music of your choice combined with specific frequencies. You can send him a file of the music or upload it to a web site and he will add frequencies to it for your use. For more information, send us an email and we can get you started.
Every Newsletter will have a short article or interview with a therapist or spa who uses a Tactile Sound Massage table in their work. The intent is to build community and to share ideas of how their rooms are set up, what music they use, etc. We have lined up a number of practitioners from around the globe who will be sharing information with the rest of the world. If you would also like to share with the group, please conact me by email.
Christina Mitchell, LMT
Fort Myers, Florida
Part 3 of An Article by Olav Skille
July 17, 2005
Introduction: The first experiences with VAT, as we know it today, were carried out in 1980 when I was working as headmaster of a school for multiply handicapped, mentally retarded children. 1987 - 1990 I ran a clinic which offered VAT to clients who came to the clinic because of various complaints, some of them were referred to VAT by their physicians.
From 1980 until today the method has spread out to different institutions, and now VAT is used to improve the life quality of persons suffering from a wide variety of complaints and handicaps. On the following pages I will try to describe how we have approached some defined conditions. Most results come from my own work, or the work of my assistants, but I also include results described in reports from professionals (nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, teachers in special education, psychologists and music therapists) in Norway and other countries.
The conditions treated by VAT differ considerably from the conditions, which traditionally are treated by Music Therapy and Music Medicine, as we know them today. As VAT has a direct physical effect on the whole human body - and virtually has an effect on each single cell in the organism, it is natural that we can observe effects which cannot be observed, or can only be traced, when we use auditively transferred musical stimuli.
Colic pains, bowel problems
Colic pains in children and bowel problems in elderly or patients who suffer from lack of exercise may respond positively to VAT with a combination of music and frequencies in the 40 Hz or 60 Hz area. The lower frequencies are chosen for full-grown patients.
Spontaneous relief of colic pains have been observed. Improvement of bowel movements in institutionalised patients may be observed within a day or two after VAT. The observed effects may be a result of low frequency sound massage of the intestines, both inducing reduction of spasms and stimulation of peristaltic movements.
Not to be used in the first post-traumatic stages. Possibility of VAT starting brain haemorrhage must be considered and ruled out.
There has been carried out some tests of VAT in the neurosurgical unit in a Norwegian university hospital. VAT has always been carried out in cooperation with the doctors.
One has used music and vibrations which slowly have been turned up to a high amplitude level in order so see if reactions of some kind can be observed in the patient. We keep this amplitude level for 5 minutes and then suddenly turn the volume down to 0, to see if this sound deprivation will provoke any reaction.
The procedure may be repeated. We also make VAT programs with music that is familiar to the patient, and use physiotherapeutic approaches to reach the patient during VAT. The procedures are usually accompanied with the therapist’s attempts to reach the patient verbally - saying or singing the name of the patient and her relatives and repeating elements of facts which may have a positive meaning for the patient.
The therapeutic approach and choice of music is similar to the procedures used in treating Asthma . As the situation of the patient seldom has a dramatic and acute course, as we find in asthma, VAT can be administered policlinically. The intervals between therapy sessions must be regulated to the individual needs of the patient.
Result of therapy is often an improvement in producing expectorates from the lung walls, and some prevention of new mucus to clog the lungs - due to a decrease of viscosity of the expectorates.
This is part 3 of an article which will be continued in upcoming newsletter issues.
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