Sonopuncture Provides Gentle Therapy for Pain, by Vinson DiSanto

Sonopuncture, often referred to by its trademark name of Acutonics®, has its foundation in the philosophy of oriental medicine and the acupuncture tradition. However, instead of needles, sonopuncture uses vibrational sound healing to stimulate the acupuncture meridian points on a patient’s body.

Practitioners use an ultrasound device to transmit sound waves to the acupoints of the patient, which facilitate the unblocking of energy (or qi). Sonopuncture is sometimes combined with musical instruments or other vibration devices, such as gongs, chimes, tuning forks, and Tibetan bowls.

The advantage of sonopuncture over acupuncture is that sound waves can penetrate deeper into the muscle tissue in areas not typically reached by needles. Furthermore, for patients like the elderly and children who fear needles, sonopuncture may represent a less intrusive form of therapy.

Sonopuncture is useful in treating many of the same disorders that acupuncture does. Health problems such as post-surgery pain, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma may respond to sonopuncture therapy.

Vinson DiSanto is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. DiSanto pursued studies in alternative medicine, earning a Doctor of Acupuncture and a Ph.D. in traditional/oriental medicine.