The Healing Effects of Vibration & Sound
by Dave Miller
“Concerning Matter, we have all been wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.”
“Everything in life is vibration”
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
Every particle in the known Universe vibrates at its own resonant frequency. Our bodies and minds are influenced and governed by endless variations of vibrational frequencies. Even our emotions and other qualities we express, such as love, joy, happiness, and abundance, as well as sadness, depression, hate, and fear are the result of physical and etheric vibrations of harmony or discord. All these vibrations can affect us in many ways, either in a positive or negative regard. Most of these vibrations fall outside the range of human perception.
However, a small portion of these frequencies are within a range that we can readily sense, such as audible sound and visible light. Humans can perceive audible frequencies ranging from about 20 cycles or “Hertz” (Hz) per second up to about 20,000 Hertz (20 kilohertz or kHz). The visible light spectrum for humans covers the wavelengths of 380-740 nanometers, which correspond to the frequencies in the 430-770 THz (Tera Hertz) range. We have equipment that can measure the frequencies of the electromagnetic frequency spectrum from 0 Hertz up to the frequency of cosmic rays- approximately 1025 Hertz.
Our bodies contain many substances, such as liquids, minerals, and various organisms, each vibrating at its own Dominant Oscillation Rate (DOR). When our numerous personal vibrations are in harmony with each other, we are healthy, happy, and vibrant.
However, when those vibrations are discordant or dis-harmonious, whether due to chemical, physical, mental, emotional, or even vibrational influences from other people or environments, it creates an imbalance in the self, causing stress, discomfort, and uneasiness, which in turn can result in dis-ease in our physical, mental, emotional, and etheric (aura/energy) bodies. Using vibration and sound to “reset” our physical and etheric bodies closer to their DOR helps to return us to a more harmonious state, thereby creating a condition more conducive to achieving and maintaining optimum health and happiness.
“Nowadays, for many people, stress has become a way of life. When we are stressed, our bodies release hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline which make our hearts race and our breathing rate faster and shallower. These hormones can leave us feeling anxious and unsettled. Long-term stress causes a range of ailments including high blood pressure, insomnia, heart disease and digestive problems. Not only does stress damage the quality of our lives, it reduces the body's ability to heal and fight disease.
The soothing effect of being bathed in an ocean of sound creates a profound relaxation and is helpful in reducing the stress that is so harmful to healthy living.”
– from the article “Science of Sound” at www.harmonyofthespheres.net
All traditions and cultures in the world have long used sound and vibration for healing and connecting to the higher realms using their voice (e.g., chanting, mantras, singing), drumming, bells, gongs, and other instruments. Certain types of music have also long been known to have a soothing, calming, and even euphoric effect.
So how does sound and vibration affect us physiologically? One way is that certain frequencies and intensities of sound and vibration, such as those produced by singing bowls and certain other vibration and sound instruments appear to have a calming effect on our bodies by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. This is one of a pair of divisions of the human autonomous nervous system; its counterpart is the sympathetic nervous system.
The sympathetic nervous system provides us with the “fight or flight” response in times of stress, fear, or emergency. When activated, it stimulates the adrenal glands, causing them to pump adrenaline into the body, which increases the heart and respiration rates, along with heightened alertness and bursts of energy.
Meanwhile, the parasympathetic nervous system is known as the “rest and digest” system. It is responsible for helping the body to relax, and to slow the heart rate and dilate the blood vessels. It helps to restore calm after a “fight or flight” episode. Soothing sounds and vibrations appear to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, helping to calm and relax the mind and body.
When you begin to relax, certain sounds and vibrations, such as with the gentle chiming of singing bowls, gongs, bells, and other vibrational sound instruments can also work to entrain your brainwave patterns to a lower and slower frequency. Entrainment is a synchronization of the vibrational activity of two or more objects, with the stronger vibration influencing the weaker ones.
“Entrainment was first discovered in 1665 by Dutch scientist Christian Huygens. He set up a room full of pendulum clocks with their pendulums swinging at slightly different times. When he returned to the room the next day, he found the sway of the pendulums had all synchronized."
– from the article “Science of Sound” at www.harmonyofthespheres.net/
Our normal conscious and alert state is the “Beta” brainwave state. Its frequency range is approximately in the 14-40 Hz range. Certain relaxing sounds and vibrations can entrain the brainwaves to drop into the lower frequency “Alpha” wave state, approximately in the 7.5-14 Hz range. This is a relaxed and light meditative state, which is essential to stress reduction.
The next lower frequency brainwave state is the “Theta” wave state, approximately 4-7.5 Hz. This is known as the “twilight state” which is normally only experienced while drifting off to sleep, or upon awakening. It is a deeper meditative or dreamlike state.
The deepest state of relaxation is the Delta wave state, with a frequency range of approximately .5-4 Hz. This is the slowest brainwave state. It is also considered the “slow wave sleep” state, and is the state of deepest sleep. The Delta state is the most conducive brainwave state for allowing the body to heal itself, and plays a vital role in health and well-being.
"If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies…
“…sound enters the healing equation from several directions: It may alter cellular functions through energetic effects; it may entrain biological systems to function more homeostatically; it may calm the mind and therefore the body; or it may have emotional effects, which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, which in turn help to regulate the immune system-the healer within."
– Grand Gongmaster Don Conreaux from the article “Science of Sound” at www.harmonyofthespheres.net/
June Leslie Weider, D.C. discovered that each vertebra in the human spine resonates at its own frequency, and has successfully treated vertebral subluxations (misalignments) with vibrations applied to the affected vertebrae using only tuning forks coinciding with the resonant frequencies of those individual vertebrae. Dr. Weider has written a book outlining her research titled “The Song of the Spine”, and has since developed an electronic “Bone Tuner”, which can be tuned to the various specific frequencies of each vertebra of the spine.
“.... vibrational medicine works at a deep, cellular level where molecular properties are being changed by vibrations. Keep in mind that it is not just our bodies that are affected by vibration, but also our minds, spirits, and etheric fields.”
Dr. June Leslie Weider - excerpt from the book Song of the Spine
“The human body itself is a natural resonator, with each organ, tissue, bone and fluid generating and responding to harmonic vibrations that ripple out in waves. The living matrix of the human body is wonderfully capable of absorbing different kinds of vibratory energy and responding with harmonic vibrations. Therapists whose treatments are based on touch, heat, light, aroma, and sound are using resonance and vibrational therapies to heal.”
excerpt from Dr. June Leslie Weider’s website www.songofthespine.com
According to www.healthline.com/health/vibration-therapy:
“In 1867, Russian physician and inventor Gustav Zander developed an apparatus that used weights and pulleys to create a sense of vibration. Its purpose was therapeutic. In 1895, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg implemented vibration therapy in his health practice. Using a vibrating chair he developed himself, he claimed it could help improve circulation and alleviate constipation.”
“During the Russian space program, doctors found that astronauts suffered from bone loss and fractures at a much younger age than normal. They began to use vibration therapy to help strengthen astronauts’ bone mass and muscles. Today, NASA continues to use vibration therapy to help prevent bone loss.”
The site also states:
“Some people claim vibration therapy can help:
increase bone density
increase muscle mass
reduce joint pain
reduce back pain
Vibration therapies have become more popular recently in the medical community, either by applying vibrations directly to a specific area or utilizing “Whole Body Vibration” therapies.
At Helen Hayes Hospital in New York,
“Vibration therapy is used to help increase bone density, reduce spasms and build muscle tone in people who have suffered spinal cord injuries, as well as individuals who have had strokes”
“…one of the potential benefits of vibration therapy that attracts a number of users is pain relief. As previously mentioned, this strategy can help with soreness following a workout, but the same principle can also apply to other kinds of pain. The vibrations, such as those used in the Intellinetix® products, disrupt pain signals that your brain sends to your body, which can alleviate these symptoms and increase your comfort.”
“In fact, a recent clinical study by the Pain Management Center in conjunction with Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School found Intellinetix® vibration therapy could significantly reduce symptoms among those living with chronic hand pain caused by arthritis.”
Other modern methods of vibration therapy allow for self-treatment, including those that are applied directly to the extremities to relieve pain and reduce tension, as well as those that can be wrapped or strapped onto certain areas of the body for localized vibration treatments.
Well Wave Acoustic Compression Therapy, for example, is an acoustic wave therapy that utilizes a hand-held vibration device, and is widely used in the treatment of acute and chronic pain in muscles, tendons, and joints.
There are many different therapy protocols utilized today in allopathic medicine, as well as in the holistic and metaphysical wellness fields, that utilize vibration and sound waves to effectively reduce stress, relieve pain and inflammation, increase muscle tone and bone density, rejuvenate damaged tissue and nerves, and promote calmness and relaxation to create a better environment for the body to be able to heal itself.
“Good vibrations”, indeed!