A1 Journal article (refereed)
Vibroacoustic treatment to improve functioning and ability to work : a multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain rehabilitation (2021)

Campbell, E. A., Hynynen, J., Burger, B., Vainionpää, A., & Ala-Ruona, E. (2021). Vibroacoustic treatment to improve functioning and ability to work : a multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 43(14), 2055-2070. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2019.1687763

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Publication details

All authors or editorsCampbell, Elsa A.; Hynynen, Jouko; Burger, Birgitta; Vainionpää, Aki; Ala-Ruona, Esa

Journal or seriesDisability and Rehabilitation



Publication year2021


Issue number14

Pages range2055-2070

PublisherTaylor & Francis

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/66393


Purpose: To study the use of Vibroacoustic treatment and an added self-care intervention for improving the functioning and ability to work of patients with chronic pain and potential comorbid depressive and anxious symptoms.

Materials and methods: A mixed methods study with four single cases. Participants received bi-weekly Vibroacoustic practitioner-led treatment sessions for five weeks, followed by a one-month washout period without treatments. Then, participants conducted four self-care vibroacoustic sessions per week for five weeks, followed by another month-long washout period. Participants kept diaries of their experiences during this time. Quantitative scales included the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0, Visual Analogue Scales (pain, mood, relaxation, anxiety, and ability to work), Beck’s Depression Inventory-II, and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (Anxiety only). The use of physiological markers was also explored.

Results: The greatest improvement was from the practitioner-led sessions, but self-care was beneficial for pain relief and relaxation. Participants became more aware of sensations in their own bodies, and during washout periods noticed more clearly the treatment effects when symptoms returned. An added self-care phase to standard Vibroacoustic treatment could be beneficial for maintaining the effects from the more intensive Vibroacoustic treatment as part of multidisciplinary rehabilitation.

Keywordsoscillationsmusicrehabilitationchronic painmental disorders

Free keywordsvibration; music; rehabilitation; chronic pain; mood disorders

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2021

JUFO rating1

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