Sensory modulation in mental health clinical settings: A review of the literature

Publication date: 1 August 2011

This literature review is aimed at clinicians, managers, clinical leaders and service users who would like a comprehensive overview of the existing literature on sensory modulation. It shows the development of sensory modulation, its theoretical underpinnings, and the evidence of its efficacy in any mental health setting. Overall it shows that the evidence points to sensory modulation being a useful intervention in a variety of therapeutic settings and can be successfully used by a range of mental health service users.

The summary document provides a brief overview of the evidence of the efficacy of sensory modulation in acute mental health units. Overall it shows that sensory modulation is a promising intervention in acute settings and may reduce the use of seclusion and restraint when part of a range of positive practices.