Back Pain Succumbs to Star Trek Medicine

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Using sound frequencies to diagnose and eliminate back pain evokes images of Star Trek medicine; a pleasant fantasy but not quite in our realm of belief, until now.

Back pain suffered by an estimated 65 million Americans may be calmed by a frequency based device being made available, on a limited basis, by nVoice Technologies, a pioneering biotech marketing company. Using sound frequencies to diagnose and eliminate back pain evokes images of Star Trek medicine; a pleasant fantasy but not quite in our realm of belief, until now.

Trials conducted during the last four years utilized a small hand-held frequency generator containing a sequenced set of sounds that supported the ability to significantly decrease, and in a number of cases, completely eliminate pain for research subjects. Varying degrees of back pain were evaluated.

During tone trials, the experimental frequency sequences were delivered via a prototype later dubbed the “Little Back Box” that is now being made available to the public primarily through back pain clinics and health professionals.

“It is hard to believe that the brain can be entrained, in less than ten minutes, to provide signals to muscles in such a way that the body relieves its own pain – not only back pain but other muscles as well are influenced. I’ve experienced the pain relief for myself,” states Barbara McNeil, an Ohio chiropractor. Although these results may not be representative of everyone, they certainly seem to be consistent if the appropriate frequencies can be identified and applied.

It is not just a simple matter of listening to these low pitched tones which sound somewhat like soft rumbling background noise. The frequency sets, which were specifically designed for the Little Back Box, “sonically massage” the tiny muscles that support the spine through a controlled combination of oscillations, frequencies and patterns. So novel is the design that the device is patent pending.

Many of the study participants were confounded, yet pleased, by the fact that merely listening to a sound could provide pain relief that felt so natural that many of them did not attribute the relief to the Little Back Box. Pain measurements included trauma as well as reported discomfort from everyday muscle stress.

Low back pain is the fifth-leading cause of doctor visits. Back injuries are the leading cause of work-related disability. Even though back pain is rarely life-threatening, the annual cost in terms of lost productivity, medical expenses and workers' compensation benefits account for $26 billion a year, which translates to 2.5% of the total health care bill in America. The Little Back Box is not designed for relief of pain from serious back trauma or surgery but professionals report that their clients don’t care how the Little Back Box works, they only care that pain relief has been provided.

The idea that frequency oscillation can be used to mechanically block pain signals is evidenced by devices such as the TENS unit which must be attached to the body. Frequency is also used via compression bursts to assist in shattering kidney stones and heel spurs. Both of the latter techniques are cumbersome, time consuming and cost thousands of dollars. What is different about The Little Back Box is the fact that the frequencies are delivered ambiently (through the air) via a speaker as a form of entrainment to engage the brain in creating the signals required for the pain relief. Headphones can be used but subjects reported pain relief to be five times more effective and faster if the frequencies were provided through a speaker. The Little Back Box, costing less than $200, comes with headphones but can be used with either headphones or an amplified subwoofer.

James Gimzewski, a UCLA nanophysicist, has discovered that each human cell emits a frequency that can be accurately measured. It is his belief that if the sounds of the body can be decoded into known frequency patterns, those patterns may be the key to optimal health and the elimination of disease. Gimzewski was surprised to learn that the original research in this genre has been ongoing for nearly 20 years by Sound Health, a southern Ohio independent biotech facility that employs fundamental mathematical concepts, uniquely expressed to distinguish novel biometric frequency associations of the body. The facility is dedicated to the study of low frequency sound and vocal profiling as an opportunity to develop individualized “Designer Frequencies” for everything from conception to anti-aging to disease detection.

This type of intervention would fall under the auspices of complementary or functional medicine. The Journal of Manipulative Physiology Therapy reported in February, 1999 that experts favor alternative modalities of treatment for uncomplicated acute and chronic back pain.

The Yale Medical Group specializing in back pain estimates that 70-85% of all people have had back pain at some time in their lifetime. Often experts do not agree concerning the exact cause and diagnosis of back pain. Dr. James Weinstein, head of orthopedics at Dartmouth Medical School and Dr. Richard Deyo, professor of medicine at the University of Washington state that 85% of patients with lower back pain often cannot be given a precise diagnosis. Non specific terms such as strain, sprain or degenerative processes are commonly used to describe back pain.

Providing frequencies ambiently is non-invasive and relatively inexpensive. On-going research has been designed to evaluate the potential to use frequency, through vocal analysis, to predict and evaluate disease states. “As the study longitudinally unfolds, the implications of biofrequency markers continue to expand into unpredicted venues. We were astonished when degenerated discs seemed to restructure themselves after a patient started using the tones,” declared Liz Lonergan, RN and founder of the Body and Soul Health Clinic in Chicago.

The Little Back Box is a first step in making available many such devices and techniques which use frequency to monitor health and wellness. Pharmaceutical companies are beginning to realize that frequency holds an amazing potential to complement current medical protocols. Pfizer Pharmaceutical recently reported using similar techniques to those historically used by Sound Health, to predict Parkinson’s disease.

Research plans include the development of other tone delivery devices which would have the ability to eliminate snoring, muscle cramps, heart arrhythmia, allergic reactions, skin wrinkles and collagen formation; and those that can increase stamina, immune response, muscle strength and sexual response. The ability to predict and manage disease states through the use of mathematical modeling may be moving us quickly toward a medical paradigm that we can presently only imagine.

Additional information about The Little Back Box is available from or inquire at your local gym, spa, chiropractor or wellness provider about availability.


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