Vibroacoustic Research

VTS-1000-sound-category Sound Oasis VTS-2000 – Stress, Sleep, Energy Music is well known as a means to reduce stress, induce sleep, improve relaxation, and promote energy.  A recent study by Levitin shows strong scientific evidence of this: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23541122/
The music in the Sleep program (from Music to Promote Sleep) on the Sound Oasis VTS-1000 was shown very effective at inducing sleep in a study in Toronto: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4028660/

Sound Oasis VTS-2000 –  Medical Trials The medical potential of the VTS-1000 and 2000 goes beyond sleep and stress and this is seen in the use of this potent device in three clinical trials registered with the U.S. National Institutes of Health – and the published papers that resulted from these.

(1) Depression: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02685982?term=VTS1000&rank=2
Published results of study using the “Energize” track and the Sound Oasis VTS1000:
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01038/full

https://www.cureus.com/articles/86325-investigating-the-effects-of-auditory-and-vibrotactile-rhythmic-sensory-stimulation-on-depression-an-eeg-pilot-study

(2) Fibromyalgia: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02493348
Published results of study using the Research Study Track 1 and the Sound Oasis VTS1000: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/270221353_The_Effect_of_Low-Frequency_Sound_Stimulation_on_Patients_with_Fibromyalgia_A_Clinical_Study
Published results of study using the Research Study Track 2 and the Sound Oasis VTS1000.
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0212021

(3) Temporomandibular Disorder: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02427113?term=TMD+music&rank=1
Published results: https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/79011/3/Howard_Alicia_201706_PhD_thesis.pdf

Low Frequency Stimulation Research is showing that what makes vibroacoustic therapy and the VTS-1000 potentially effective with many medical conditions is the effect low frequencies have on stimulating a neurological response (brain waves), a haemodynamic response (blood circulation), and a musculoskeletal response (bones, ligaments, muscle). Please see this paper for a thorough review of the potential. https://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/9/5/597
The vibration on the back, shoulders, and neck stimulate a synchronized neural and cellular response. It is believed that this could treat conditions associated with known problems including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, and Depression, as well as conditions involving blood circulation, and bone density and back pain.

SPECIFIC TRACKS USED IN RESEARCH
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RESEARCH STUDY TRACK 1
This track features a 40Hz sine wave sound with amplitude modulation. It is a replica for the VTS2000 of the treatment tracks used in the following three studies.

Alzheimer’s Disease: In this study at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto, 18 Alzheimer’s (AD) patients with mild, medium, and severe AD were treated for 30 minutes 2 times a week for 3 weeks with a vibroacoustic therapy device. Patients demonstrated a highly significant improvement in cognitive function – alertness, clarity, memory – as measured by a standardized AD test. To see the whole study and a case report: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/72411  and

Pain – Fibromyalgia: In this study 19 Fibromyalgia (FM) patients were treated 2 times a week for 5 weeks with 23 minutes of 40Hz sine waves stimulation on a vibroacoustic therapy device. After the 10 treatments, a quarter of the patients were off all pain medication and the others had reduced pain medication. The group showed highly significant improvement in the quality of life measured by the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire. They were sleeping better, had less depression, had greater neck and shoulder mobility, and could stand and sit longer. To see the full study: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/270221353_The_Effect_of_Low-Frequency_Sound_Stimulation_on_Patients_with_Fibromyalgia_A_Clinical_Study

Parkinson’s Disease: In this study conducted at Laurier University, 60 Parkinson’s (PD) patients were treated 3 times a week for 12 weeks with a vibroacoustic device. To see the results: https://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/8/2/113

RESEARCH STUDY TRACK 2
Track 2 is designed to take full advantage of the potential of the VTS-2000 to produce low frequency vibrotactile stimulation as well as auditory stimulation through the small speakers at the top of the device. The low frequency speaker plays a 40Hz sine wave sound with amplitude modulation while the small speakers play a higher pitched isochronous sound at 40Hz. This is the exact track used with the following Fibromyalgia study, and is proposed as an experimental track for an Alzheimer’s study being developed.

Pain – Fibromyalgia: In this study conducted at the Wasser Pain Management Centre at Mt Sinai Hospital in Toronto, 50 Fibromyalgia (FM) patients were treated with either this track (Track 2) or with a dysrhythmic vibratory track. Results showed there was significant improvement after the treatment in measures of fibromyalgia symptoms, pain interference levels, depression severity, and sleep quality. To see details of this study: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0212021

Alzheimer’s:  As a follow-up to the AD study described with Track 1, a new case study series using the VTS-1000 was conducted. This new study tested the effectiveness of Track 2 as a treatment track. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/23/15553

RESEARCH STUDY TRACK 3
Track 3 is a replica for the VTS-2000 of the treatment sound in the following Parkinson’s study. The track includes 30Hz sine wave sound with amplitude modulation.

Parkinson’s: In this study conducted at Wildrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario, 40 patients with Parkinson’s (PD) were treated on a vibroacoustic device with 30 Hz sound. PD patients in two groups – tremor and dyskinesia – were treated over 10 minutes with 5 minutes of sound stimulation – one minute stimulation and then one minute silence over and over for 10 minutes. Both PD groups showed very significant improvement in their symptoms. To see the full study: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20037223/

RESEARCH STUDY TRACK 4
Track 4 is an experimental track not yet used in a study. It consists of a 40Hz sine wave with amplitude modulation for the center speaker of the VTS-2000 plus a higher pitched sound that has been modulated to produce a 10Hz isochronous sound in the upper speakers. Track 4 is proposed theoretically for use with conditions linked to thalamocortical dysrhythmia (TCD). The thalamocortical loop is one of the central functional circuits of the brain and is characterized by dominant 10 Hz brainwave activity in the center of the brain – the thalamus, and a dominant 40Hz brainwave activity in the upper part of the brain – the cortex. Research shows that dysrhythmia of this thalamocortical loop is related to conditions such as depression, central pain, tinnitus, and Parkinson’s. Track 4 potentially serves to re-regulate the TCD dysrhythmia and reduce symptoms of related disorders.

Using tracks 1 – 4 After the track has been downloaded, plug in your smartphone, mp3 player or computer into the side of the VTS-2000 controller or connect by Bluetooth. Adjust the intensity level so you can comfortably but clearly feel the vibration on your body (stronger or louder is not necessarily better. Making intensity too strong might actually make pain worse). With tracks 2 and 4, adjust the volume so you can clearly hear the “buzz” in the upper speakers. Use the treatment for about 30 minutes – the length of the track – 5 times a week. Do not expect instant results – notice most of the studies went on for a number of weeks.