NATURAL RESONANCE CENTER
VIBROACOUSTIC VIBRATIONAL TOOLS


Sound Healing Research and Benefits

Sound Lounges, Tables
& Other Products
Research & Benefits

Testimonials Video
 


Clinical Research

Clinical research from around the world has shown a myriad of positive effects from sound, vibration and music.


Below are links to research papers for each of the following categories:

• Vibroacoustic Therapies
• Relaxation, Anxiety and Stress Reduction
• Pain Management
• Music for Learning, Intelligence, Memory and Sleep Enhancement
• Binaural Beats for ADD, ADHD for Learning, Intelligence, Memory and Sleep Enhancement
• Music for Learning Disabilities and Psychological Issues Including Depression
• Performance and Productivity
• Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Autism Treatments
• Fibromyalgia Treatments
• Cancer Treatments
• Cellular Health
• Boosting Immune System

CLICK ON THE NAME OF THE STUDY BELOW TO SEE MORE INFORMATION

General

Music produces alterations in physiology. Soothing music can produce a response characteristic of relaxation in which autonomic, immune, endocrine and neuropeptide systems are altered. Likewise it produces desired psychological responses such as reductions in anxiety and fear. Some responses have been linked to effects on the hemispheric functioning of the brain and the limbic system. High psychophysiological stress levels inhibit or block learning. Thus music can be the catalyst to facilitate mental suggestion, and enhance our own learning ability and self-healing capacities. Music is now being used in many areas of medicine including labor and delivery, ICU, CCU, surgery, dentistry, neurology, psychiatry, gerontology, rehabilitation, oncology, pain and stress management, and many others. The military has been using music for PTSD for over 60 years.

Physically, references to the healing power of music have been made that relate to: pain relief, reducing blood pressure, providing medicine for the heart, speeding up post-stroke recovery, remedying chronic headaches and migraine, boosting the immune system, producing an anti-seizure effect, decreasing post-partum anxiety and pain, preventing chronic tinnitus, improving athletic performance and productivity.

Mentally, references to the affects of music on the brain point to improvements in sleep, concentration, attention, reading, and literacy, spatial-temporal reasoning, mathematical abilities, memory performance, stress reduction, decreased depression and emotional intelligence.

 

Vibroacoustic Therapies

The National Institute of Health and other studies have shown that a treatment on a sound table provide the following:
• Over 50% reduction of pain and symptoms
• Slows heart rate
• Reduces oxygen consumption
• Decreases blood pressure
• Slows respiration rate
• Clears the mind from anxiety
• Creates a feeling of calm and peacefulness
• Relaxes muscles
• Changes brain wave frequencies (generally slowing down from beta to alpha and alpha to theta or delta)
• Clears the mind from anxiety
• Creates a feeling of calm and peacefulness

As an additional benefit, vibroacoustics can help people to learn to recognize the state of relaxation and, over time, become able to reach relaxation at will. Vibroacoustics is a great way to learn how to relax and develop relaxation as a daily habit!

International studies continue to attest to the effectiveness as an intervention for clinical populations in the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, migraine headaches, gastrointestinal ulcers, Raynaud’s disease, Parkinson’s, fibromyalgia, polyarthritis, sports injury, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, autism, insomnia, depression, and anxiety disorders.

Interviews with massage therapists find consistent themes in the use of sound tables to enhance therapies, encouraging muscles, facial and connective tissues to relax more quickly, and increasing the deepness and duration of the massage effects. They often note that it reduces their physical effort, as the sound table is like having an extra set of hands. In addition, enthusiastic clients have a high return rate, and spread positive word of mouth that increases the client base.

Sound and music with consistent low frequencies dramatically lower heart and respiration rates and blood pressure to reduce stress and oxygen consumption. Tests with chemotherapy patients at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida found the following: 62.8% reduction of anxiety and 61.6% reduction of fatigue for 27 patients in 41 vibroacoustics sessions.

A study at Duke University Medical Center also reported significant pain reduction for 20 women who had surgery for various cancers.

Also at Duke, patients who received vibroacoustic physical therapy following total knee replacements showed increased range of motion.

Heart surgeons using vibroacoustics therapy during cardiac surgery recovery found significant decreases in patients' use of sedative and pain medication, time spent on the ventilator, time spent in the cardiac unit, and overall time spent in the hospital.

1) The Effects of Vibroacoustic Music on Symptom Reduction Inducing the Relaxation Response through Good Vibrations
Ongoing since 1995, the National Institutes of Health has the most extensive program in the U.S. for vibroacoustic pain and symptom reduction, treating over 50,000 patients per year. In one study, Dr. George Patrick measured the physiological and behavioural effectiveness of these interventions with 272 patients and found over 50% reduction of pain and symptoms.

2) Music and Vibration Therapy as Clinical Intervention for Physiologic Functional Adaptation
Music has the ability to alter fear and stress responses by re-setting homeostatic set-points precisely. Music therapy impacts upon stress and fear responses in a manner resulting in stress and pain management, language and cognition, memory, attention, functional motorplanning (praxis), auditory tracking, figure-ground awareness, depth perception, sound location, auditory/visual integration, auditory and motor coordination, proprioception, vestibular and tactile stimulation, and many other areas of human function.

3) Vibroacoustic Sound Therapy Improves Pain Management and More

4) Vibroacoustic Treatments for Parkinson’s Patients Lessens or Eradicates Symptoms

5) Vibroacoustic Sound Therapy effective for Symptom Reduction
As a result of the vibroacoustic session, the reported intensity of symptoms was reduced from pre to post by the following percentages: nausea, 61%; headache, 58%; tension-anxiety, 54%; pain, 53%; depressed mood, 49%; and fatigue, 47%.

6) Effects of Vibroacoustic Music on Challenging Behaviors in Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

7) Effects of a Low-frequency Sound Wave Therapy Programme on Functional Capacity
Low-frequency sound wave therapy may have the potential to promote well-being of frail elderly subjects via improved functional capacity (blood circulation and bone metabolism), especially in subjects who are too frail to undertake exercise.

8) Jean-Martin Charcot and His Vibratory Chair for Parkinson's Disease
Developed a vibration chair for patients with PD after he observed that patients were more comfortable and slept better.

9) Vibroacoustic Therapy for Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s and Depression

10) Low Frequency Sound Treatment Promoting Physical and Emotional Relaxation

11) Vibrotactile Stimulation in Rehabilitation of Early Brain Injury
There was a significant improvement in motor performance, what has been seen in the facilitation of rotations, better postural trunk stability and head control and in greater selectivity of movements.

12) Effects of Low Frequency Sound Treatment on the Consciousness State of the Alzheimer patients Pilot Study

13) “Low Frequency Sound Treatment Promotes Physical and Emotional Relaxation among Music Students, Faculty and Staff”


Relaxation, Anxiety and Stress Reduction

Sound and music with consistent low frequencies dramatically lower heart and respiration rates and blood pressure to reduce stress and oxygen consumption. Tests with chemotherapy patients at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida found the following: 62.8% reduction of anxiety and 61.6% reduction of fatigue for 27 patients in 41 vibroacoustics sessions.

1) The Effects of Vibroacoustic Music on Symptom Reduction Inducing the Relaxation Response through Good Vibrations
Ongoing since 1995, the National Institutes of Health has the most extensive program in the U.S. for vibroacoustic pain and symptom reduction, treating over 50,000 patients per year. In one study, Dr. George Patrick measured the physiological and behavioural effectiveness of these interventions with 272 patients and found over 50% reduction of pain and symptoms.

2) Music Reduces Stress and Aids Relaxation

3) Music and Vibration Therapy as Clinical Intervention for Physiologic Functional Adaptation
Music has the ability to alter fear and stress responses by re-setting homeostatic set-points precisely. Music therapy impacts upon stress and fear responses in a manner resulting in stress and pain management, language and cognition, memory, attention, functional motorplanning (praxis), auditory tracking, figure-ground awareness, depth perception, sound location, auditory/visual integration, auditory and motor coordination, proprioception, vestibular and tactile stimulation, and many other areas of human function.

4) Music Improves the Body's Immune System Function and Reduces Stress

5) Original Sound Compositions Reduce Anxiety in Emergency Department Patients: A Randomised Controlled Trial.

6) Music Soothes Pre-term Babies and Their Parents, and even Improves the Infants' Sleeping and Eating Patterns


Pain Management

Low frequency vibration and any music that entrain the brain into a lower brainwave state reduces pain.

Ongoing since 1995, the National Institutes of Health has the most extensive program in the U.S. for vibroacoustic pain and symptom reduction, treating over 50,000 patients per year. In one study, Dr. George Patrick measured the physiological and behavioural effectiveness of these interventions with 272 patients and found over 50% reduction of pain and symptoms.

A study at Duke University Medical Center also reported significant pain reduction for 20 women who had surgery for various cancers.

Also at Duke, patients who received vibroacoustic physical therapy following total knee replacements showed increased range of motion.

Heart surgeons using vibroacoustics therapy during cardiac surgery recovery found significant decreases in patients' use of sedative and pain medication, time spent on the ventilator, time spent in the cardiac unit, and overall time spent in the hospital.

1) Music Relieves Pain

2) Vibroacoustic Sound Therapy Improves Pain Management and More

3) Music and Vibration Therapy as Clinical Intervention for Physiologic Functional Adaptation
Music has the ability to alter fear and stress responses by re-setting homeostatic set-points precisely. Music therapy impacts upon stress and fear responses in a manner resulting in stress and pain management, language and cognition, memory, attention, functional motorplanning (praxis), auditory tracking, figure-ground awareness, depth perception, sound location, auditory/visual integration, auditory and motor coordination, proprioception, vestibular and tactile stimulation, and many other areas of human function.

4) Music Reduces Blood Pressure

5) Music is Good for the Heart

6) Music Speeds Post-Stroke Recovery

7) Music Relieves Chronic Headaches & Migraine Remedy

8) Chronic Headaches & Migraine Treatments with Music and Frequencies

9) Music is Anti-seizure Remedy

10) Music Helps with Postpartum Well-being

11) Music Alleviates Tinnitus

12) Tinnitus Treatments


Music for Learning, Intelligence, Memory and Sleep Enhancement

Music helps with Reading and literacy skills, Spatial-temporal reasoning, and ADD. It also enhances performance on cognitive tests and improves memory, concentration and attention. Music also been proven to enhance intelligence, learning and IQ, reading and literacy skills, spatial-temporal reasoning, mathematical abilities, emotional intelligence, and improves memory performance, concentration and attention.

1) Music Enhances Intelligence, Learning and IQ
Music helps with Reading and literacy skills, Spatial-temporal reasoning, and ADD.

2) The Mozart Effect - Music Enhances Performance on Cognitive Tests.

3) Music Improves Memory Performance

4) Music Improves Concentration and Attention

5) Relaxing Music Induces Sleep


Binaural Beats for ADD, ADHD for Learning, Intelligence, Memory and Sleep Enhancement

Binaural beats have proven to be extremely effective in many research projects. We also do a treatment that is quite successful by tuning the binaural beats to the person.

1) Acoustic Brainwave Entrainment with Binaural Beats
This is an important article on the history and research on binaural beats with many references to papers and studies.

2) A Pilot Study of EEG Entrainment As a Sleep Aid
The participants found the music beneficial in enhancing sleep quality.

3) Article - Epsilon, Gamma, HyperGamma, Lambda Brainwave Activity and Ecstatic States of Consciousness

4) Accessing Anomalous States of Consciousness with a Binaural Beat Technology
The binaural-beat auditory-guidance process provides access to many beneficial mind-consciousness states. It offers a wide variety of applications which include, but are not limited to: relaxation, meditation, enhanced creativity, intuition development, enriched learning, improved sleep, wellness, and the exploration of expanded mind-consciousness

5) Auditory Driving of the Autonomic Nervous System: Listening to Theta-frequency Binaural Beats post-exercise Increases Parasympathetic Activation and Sympathetic Withdrawal.
Findings suggest that listening to binaural beats may exert an acute influence on both LF and HF components of HRV and may increase subjective feelings of relaxation.

6) Analysis of EEG Activity in Response to Binaural Beats with Different Frequencies.
Our observation supports the hypothesis that BBs could affect functional brain connectivity.

7) Intracranial Electroencephalography Power and Phase Synchronization Changes During Monaural and Binaural Beat Stimulation.
Our results suggest that beat stimulation offers a non-invasive approach for the modulation of intracranial EEG characteristics.

8) Binaural Beat Technology in Humans: A Pilot Study to Assess Psychological and Physiologic Effects.
Binaural beat technology may exhibit positive effect on self-reported psychologic measures, especially anxiety.

9) Binaural Auditory Beats Affect Vigilance Performance and Mood.
Beta-frequency beats were associated with less negative mood. Results suggest that the presentation of binaural auditory beats can affect psychomotor performance and mood. This technology may have applications for the control of attention and arousal and the enhancement of human performance.

Music for Learning Disabilities and Psychological Issues Including Depression

Ongoing since 1995, the National Institutes of Health has the most extensive program in the U.S. for vibroacoustic pain and symptom reduction, treating over 50,000 patients per year. In one study, Dr. George Patrick measured the physiological and behavioural effectiveness of these interventions with 272 patients and found positive results.

Both Music and Binaural Beats have proven to be quite effective for these issues. In our classes we teach how to do create Sound treatments for:
1. Depression
2. Fear
3. Anxiety
4. Anger
5. Grief

1) Music Improves Mood and Decreases Depression

2) Music and Vibration Therapy as Clinical Intervention for Physiologic Functional Adaptation
Music has the ability to alter fear and stress responses by re-setting homeostatic set-points precisely. Music therapy impacts upon stress and fear responses in a manner resulting in stress and pain management, language and cognition, memory, attention, functional motorplanning (praxis), auditory tracking, figure-ground awareness, depth perception, sound location, auditory/visual integration, auditory and motor coordination, proprioception, vestibular and tactile stimulation, and many other areas of human function.

3) Vibroacoustic Sound Therapy: Case Studies with Children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and the Elderly in Long-term Residential Care.
Using non-invasive techniques and music/sound technology, children and the elderly are being empowered and enabled to (re)discover self expression and communication skills.

4) Effects of Vibroacoustic Music on Challenging Behaviors in Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
The results revealed that vibroacoustic music reduced self-injurious, stereotypic, and aggressive destructive behaviors in the participants.

Performance and Productivity

There are many research papers showing that music improves physical and athletic performance, focus, body movement and coordination. Music also increases productivity and helps fight fatigue.

A study at Duke University Medical Center shows that patients who received vibroacoustic physical therapy following total knee replacements showed increased range of motion.

1) Music Improves Athletic Performance

2) Music Improves Body Movement and Coordination

3) Music Fights Fatigue

4) Music Improves Productivity

5) Music and Vibration Therapy as Clinical Intervention for Physiologic Functional Adaptation
Music has the ability to alter fear and stress responses by re-setting homeostatic set-points precisely. Music therapy impacts upon stress and fear responses in a manner resulting in stress and pain management, language and cognition, memory, attention, functional motorplanning (praxis), auditory tracking, figure-ground awareness, depth perception, sound location, auditory/visual integration, auditory and motor coordination, proprioception, vestibular and tactile stimulation, and many other areas of human function.

6) Binaural Beat Technology in Humans: A Pilot Study to Assess Psychological and Physiologic Effects.
Binaural beat technology may exhibit positive effect on self-reported psychologic measures, especially anxiety.

7) Binaural Auditory Beats Affect Vigilance Performance and Mood.
Beta-frequency beats were associated with less negative mood. Results suggest that the presentation of binaural auditory beats can affect psychomotor performance and mood. This technology may have applications for the control of attention and arousal and the enhancement of human performance.

8) Music Can Enhance Exercise-induced Sympathetic Dominancy Assessed by Heart Rate Variability.
It is suggested that after exercise in which sympathetic nerve activity is dominant, preferred music synchronizes with the activated physical response, further promoting the response and increasing sympathetic nerve activity. Combining music with exercise is therefore not only enjoyable in terms of mood but also may promote physiological excitation and enhance physical activation.

9) Effects of Music During Exercise on RPE, Heart rate and the Autonomic Nervous System.Conclusions:
These findings suggested that music evokes a ''distraction effect'' during low intensity exercise. Therefore, when jogging or walking at comparatively low exercise intensity, listening to a favorite piece of music might decrease the influence of stress caused by fatigue, thus increasing the ''comfort'' level of performing the exercise.

10) Music Enhances Performance and Perceived Enjoyment of Sprint Interval Exercise.
Music enhanced in-task performance and enjoyment of an acute bout of SIT. Listening to music during intense interval exercise may be an effective strategy to facilitate participation in, and adherence to, this form of training.

 

Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Autism Treatments

We have done research with 12 Parkinson’s patients using Vibroacoustic Therapy. On average symptoms (tremors, slowed gate, speech impediments) were reduced from 8 to 2 on a scale of 10. The results lasted for an average of 24 hours -- one day without meds, and one day of a good nights sleep.

We have found that vibrating the body with sound is especially effective for any muscular or neurological issues.

1) Vibroacoustic Treatments for Parkinson’s Patients Lessens or Eradicates Symptoms

2) Vibroacoustic Therapy for Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s and Depression

3) Jean-Martin Charcot and His Vibratory Chair for Parkinson Disease
Developed a vibration chair for patients with PD after he observed that patients were more comfortable and slept better.

4) Effects of Vibroacoustic Music on Challenging Behaviors in Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
The results revealed that vibroacoustic music reduced self-injurious, stereotypic, and aggressive destructive behaviors in the participants.

5) Effects of Low Frequency Sound Treatment on the Consciousness State of the Alzheimer patients Pilot Study

Fibromyalgia Treatments

Three of our students have used a variety of sound healing treatments including Sound Tables and now no longer have fibromyalgia.

1) Vibroacoustic Therapy for Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s and Depression

Cancer Treatments

Tests with chemotherapy patients at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida found similar results: 62.8% reduction of anxiety and 61.6% reduction of fatigue for 27 patients in 41 vibroacoustics sessions.

A study at Duke University Medical Center also reported significant pain reduction for 20 women who had surgery for various cancers.

Our instructor, Emmanuel, uses the voice for healing and over 60 people now claim that their cancer is gone after receiving treatments from him. Further research is underway. It might be really interesting to show him working on someone while in real time FMRI and show the tumors shrinking.

1) Vibroacoustic Sound Therapy effective for Symptom Reduction
As a result of the vibroacoustic session, the reported intensity of symptoms was reduced from pre to post by the following percentages: nausea, 61%; headache, 58%; tension-anxiety, 54%; pain, 53%; depressed mood, 49%; and fatigue, 47%.

Cellular Health

When a vibration is both consistent and matches a natural resonant frequency, the self-healing function of the body is better supported, and cells can optimally repair and regenerate.

1) Resonant Frequency of Cells Trigger Metabolism
A research project described in the book, “The Field,” by Lynne McTaggart showed that you could trigger a cell’s metabolism by playing its frequency to it. John Reid has found that when you transmit the cell’s resonant frequency to the cell, it receive the energy and thrives.

Boosting Immune System

Natural resonant vibrations that match our natural healthy state relax the body and mind, therefore boosting the immune system’s response.

1) Music boosts immunity

2) Music Improves the Body's Immune System function and Reduces Stress

 

 

 

Sound Healing Research Foundation
The Institute has established a research foundation to study the effectiveness of sound physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We have also created the "GeneOM Project" to map out all of the frequencies of every part of the body in a healthy human. Go to www.GeneOM.com for more information.

 

A Limited Overview of the Benefits of Sound Healing
Simon Heather, founder of the College of Sound Healing, outlines recent research into the benefits of Sound Healing.
Uploaded on Jan 20, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

415 777-2486
or email
David(at)SoundHealingCenter.com


SOUND HEALING INSTITUTE AND PROGRAMS OVERVIEW