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What is Andullation Therapy?

How Andullation Therapy Works

Andullation is a specific massage therapy method that generates biological sympathetic vibrations in human and animal tissues


The term andullation denotes the use of exciting vibrations that can be applied to different cellular tissues of the body, especially the locomotor system, the muscular system, nervous system and bodily fluids such as blood and lymphatics. The aim of andullation is to restore the body’s natural metabolic processes, to maintain and to optimise their function. This is achieved by the application of specific sympathetic vibrations in a broad frequency range.

The particularity of the andullation method is the generation of sympathetic vibrations with effect on different body tissues after previous analysis using a biofeedback method.

Blockades and insufficient blood flow can be released, and a reduced metabolism can be stimulated. For this to occur, it is necessary to apply vibrations with different frequencies to the body to accommodate the different tissue structures. One frequency is not enough for this purpose. The optimum sympathetic vibration for the therapy of the current and individual tissue structure is determined with the continuous modulation of a defined frequency band.


The vibrations can be adapted to the clinical picture or presenting symptoms by means of a broad and alternating frequency range


The subsequent massage process in the scope of the andullation method is controlled based on the results of this diagnostic tool. For this purpose, the effects of a defined andullation motor using different frequencies are registered with the help of an acceleration sensor. The respective optimum frequency required to put the tissue into sympathetic vibration is determined in the course of the continuous and step-by-step increase of the andullation frequency.



The biofeedback diagnostic program then recommends the current optimum therapy frequency. In addition, the user can also select each frequency in the frequency band individually. The diagnosis program therefore does not fix the frequency. Andullation can be functionally and therapeutically successful when blockades are removed and body fluids can flow again.


What is biofeedback?

Biofeedback is the process of becoming aware of various physiological functions using instruments that provide information on the activity of those same systems, with a goal of being able to manipulate them at will [1;2]. Processes that can be controlled include brainwaves, muscle tone, skin conductance, heart rate and pain perception [3].



Biofeedback may be used to improve health or performance, and the physiological changes often occur in conjunction with changes to thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Eventually, these changes can be maintained without the use of extra equipment [2]. Biofeedback has also been found to be effective for the treatment of headaches and migraines [4][5].



How the therapy works:

Andullation treatment with the hhp Medical Massage System causes a mechanical excitation of the cell structures, which stimulates the cell metabolism. Thus, andullation therapy can contribute to a high degree of recuperation in various types of tissue [6].



The hypothetical explanation as to why mechanical vibrations lead to the restoration of the reduced energy in a cell is based on the principles of cellular resonance, and the related biological information content of the cell. The process induced by the vibration, whereby the cell membrane tension is increased, and the intracellular cellular structures receive new information, can be explained by the detection of accelerated ion currents through the cell membrane. This vitalizing effect is characterized by an increase in the cell membrane potential [6].

This form of treatment is an innovative massage method that causes vibrations (20-80Hz) which result in mechanical changes in tissue at skin level. Specific sensory nerve endings, the Pacini meccano receptors, respond very rapidly to these mechanical skin deformations and can register up to 700 vibrations per second. The mechanical vibration energy detected, after conversion into electrical nerve impulses, is generally ‘sent through’ specific nerve vessels at a speed of 30 - 60 m/sec. At their endings these nerve vessels are in direct contact with the muscle cells of an organ where at the level of the cell membranes the electrical impulses are converted into chemical stimuli [7].


Andullation therapy significantly contributes to revitalisation of the cells in many tissues and organs


Both established electrical phenomena are responsible for a dual effect. Firstly, it creates an optimisation of all existing transport mechanisms throughout the cell membrane whereby the transport of oxygen, ions, foodstuffs and waste, etc., are boosted.

At the same time, the thousands of energy generators in the cell (mitochondria) are stimulated to produce a lot of energy (ATP) via the familiar biochemical processes (Krebs cycle and oxidative phosphorylation). This increase or even restoration of the cell energy intensively activates the many metabolic processes.

So andullation therapy significantly contributes to revitalisation of the cells in many tissues and organs. [7]



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2. What is biofeedback? Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 2008-05-18 [Accessed 18 November 2011].

3. deCharms RC, Maeda F, Glover GH, et al. 2005. Control over brain activation and pain learned by using real-time functional MRI. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 102(51):18626–31

4. Nestoriuc Y, Martin A. 2007. Efficacy of biofeedback for migraine: a meta-analysis. Pain 128(1-2):111–27.

5. Nestoriuc Y, Martin A, Rief W, Andrasik F. 2008. Biofeedback treatment for headache disorders: a comprehensive efficacy review. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback 33(3):125–40.

6. Andullation Therapy: Influence on the Human Organism [unpublished literature review]

7. Andullation therapy revitalises your cells [accessed 1 April 2011]