Lee Bartel (PhD)
Wasser Pain Management Centre Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, Fred A Litwin and Family Centre in Genetic Medicine
Larry Picard (MD), Thenille Braun Janzen (PhD), Denise Paneduro (MA), Veronica Vuong (BMus), Marilyn Galonski (RN), Leah Pink (NP), Azar Azad (MLD, PhD), Ana Andreazza (PhD), Jed Meltzer (PhD), Hanna Faghfoury (MDCM, FRCPC)
Why was the study done?
Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) is a connective tissue disorder characterized by abnormally flexible joints, and is often accompanied by chronic pain. We planned to see if music and sound based low frequency vibrations can help reduce pain among hEDS patients.
How was the study done?
We conducted a study of 15 participants with hEDS and gave them sound vibration therapy. Participants took home a vibroacoustic device that plays music and produces vibration. They used this device 30 minutes a day 5 days per week over 4 weeks.
What were the study results?
Out of 14 patients that completed the study, 11 improved. We saw improvements in pain and improved mood. Many patients also noted that this had positive effects on their sleep and bowel movements. These results indicate promising preliminary results for sound based vibration therapy, a tool for managing pain related symptoms.