Using Acoustic Vibration Stimulation (AVS) for osteoporosis and osteopenia dates to the rehabilitation of astronauts by NASA. The micro- gravity encountered in space travel rapidly degenerates the bones in even the healthiest individuals. It was found that bone density could most rapidly be regained in astronauts with AVS. A few minutes of vibration has been shown to have the same bone strengthening effects as a much greater amount of time spent with weight bearing exercises. For those individuals unable to perform weight-bearing exercise, AVS is the optimal solution.
Biomechanical Stimulation has been shown to increase the rate at which all tissues regenerate. Studies show that muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and skin heal much faster when vibrated. AVS technology was originally designed by Russian scientist Nazarov for the rehabilitation of the gymnasts he trained for the Olympics. Later the world famous Bolshoi ballet used it to keep injury free. Most major sports teams and many clinicians around the world now use AVS.
Acoustic Vibration Stimulation has been shown to increase both muscle strength and coordination. Even short sessions if done regularly have been shown to have effects similar to that of standard resistance exercise. By increasing nerve and muscle coordination, antagonistic muscles not involved in a particular motion are relaxed allowing for more efficient and thus faster and more powerful movement. AVS has also shown increases in explosive power similar to that resulting from plyometric training.
Relaxation and Sensory Integration
A 7.8 hertz frequency will not only vibrate the body at 7.8 hertz, it will also cause entrainment in the brain at the same frequency (theta waves), thus while the body is being gently rocked back and forth in a relaxing rhythm, the brain is also led to resonate in the theta wave orange. In this manner both the body and the mind release their tension. The rhythmic rocking or tremor that is seen in certain brain and nerve disorders (autism, Parkinson’s, etc.) is not just a symptom of these conditions; it is also a therapy for them. Stimulation to the nerves with gentle rocking has been shown to help coordinate and balance the different branches of the nervous system.
Receiving bodywork and Acoustic Vibration Stimulation (AVS) at the same time is an amazing experience. Additionally, AVS not only helps mobilize the toxins released during deep tissue work, it also causes the involuntary relaxation of the muscle tissue allowing for a deeper and more restorative massage.
Representing state of the art in acoustic vibration stimulation, the Aqua Acoustic Bed has a full auditory vibratory range. Unlike older biomechanical stimulation tables, the Acoustic Aqua Bed works on the entire body at once, non-invasively.
Lower range frequencies (5-8 hertz) support lymphatic flow and relaxation.
Mid range frequencies (25-28) support relief from pain and increase rate of healing.
Upper range frequencies support increases in strength and bone strength.