Vibroacoustic Therapy in the treatment of developmental trauma: Developing safety through vibrations

Marko Punkanen, Marjo Nyberg, Tiinapriitta Savela

Abstract


Developmental/attachment trauma strongly affects a child’s developing self-regulation skills, feelings of safety, and their abilities to use their social engagement system instead of defensive reactions like fight, flight, freeze, and total submission. Vibroacoustic therapy (VAT) uses pulsed, sinusoidal, low frequency sound on a specially designed mattress or chair. Based on clinical experience VAT seems to help regulate a traumatized child’s autonomic nervous system and gradually develop the bodily-related feeling of safety.

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