Back Pain Succumbs to Star Trek Medicine

Backpain, suffered by an estimated 65 million Americans, may be calmed by afrequency based device being made available, on a limited basis, by theInstitute of BioAcoustic Biology, a pioneering biotech research company. Usingsound frequencies to diagnose and eliminate back pain evokes images of StarTrek medicine; a pleasant fantasy but not quite in our realm of belief, untilnow.

Trials conducted during the last four years utilized a small hand-heldfrequency generator containing a sequenced set of sounds that supported theability to significantly decrease, and in a number of cases, completelyeliminate pain for research subjects. Varying degrees of back pain wereevaluated.

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

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

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

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

Low back pain is the fifth-leading cause of doctor visits. Back injuries arethe leading cause of work-related disability. Even though back pain is rarelylife-threatening, the annual cost in terms of lost productivity, medicalexpenses 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 notdesigned for relief of pain from serious back trauma or surgery butprofessionals report that their clients don’t care how the Little Back Boxworks, they only care that pain relief has been provided.

The idea that frequency oscillation can be used to mechanically block painsignals is evidenced by devices such as the TENS unit which must be attached tothe body. Frequency is also used via compression bursts to assist in shatteringkidney stones and heel spurs. Both of the latter techniques are cumbersome,time consuming and cost thousands of dollars. What is different about TheLittle 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 increating the signals required for the pain relief. Headphones can be used butsubjects reported pain relief to be five times more effective and faster if thefrequencies were provided through a speaker. The Little Back Box, costing lessthan $200, comes with headphones but can be used with either headphones or anamplified subwoofer.

James Gimzewski, a UCLA nanophysicist, has discovered that each human cellemits a frequency that can be accurately measured. It is his belief that if thesounds of the body can be decoded into known frequency patterns, those patternsmay be the key to optimal health and the elimination of disease. Gimzewski wassurprised to learn that the original research in this genre has been ongoingfor nearly 20 years by Sound Health, a southern Ohio independent biotech facility thatemploys fundamental mathematical concepts, uniquely expressed to distinguishnovel biometric frequency associations of the body. The facility is dedicatedto the study of low frequency sound and vocal profiling as an opportunity todevelop individualized “Designer Frequencies” for everything from conception toanti-aging to disease detection.

This type of intervention would fall under the auspices of complementary orfunctional medicine. The Journal of Manipulative Physiology Therapy reported inFebruary, 1999 that experts favor alternative modalities of treatment foruncomplicated acute and chronic back pain.

The Yale Medical Group specializing in back pain estimates that 70-85% of allpeople have had back pain at some time in their lifetime. Often experts do notagree concerning the exact cause and diagnosis of back pain. Dr. JamesWeinstein, head of orthopedics at DartmouthMedical Schooland Dr. Richard Deyo, professor of medicine at the University of Washingtonstate that 85% of patients with lower back pain often cannot be given a precisediagnosis. Non-specific terms such as strain, sprain or degenerative processesare 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 studylongitudinally unfolds, the implications of biofrequency markers continue toexpand into unpredicted venues. We were astonished when degenerated discsseemed 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 andtechniques which use frequency to monitor health and wellness. Pharmaceuticalcompanies are beginning to realize that frequency holds an amazing potential tocomplement current medical protocols. Pfizer Pharmaceutical recently reportedusing similar techniques to those historically used by Sound Health, to predictParkinson’s disease.

Research plans include the development of other tone delivery devices whichwould have the ability to eliminate snoring, muscle cramps, fab abs, heartarrhythmia, allergic reactions, skin wrinkles and collagen formation; and thosethat can increase stamina, immune response, muscle strength and sexualresponse. The ability to predict and manage disease states through the use ofmathematical modeling may be moving us quickly toward a medical paradigm thatwe can presently only imagine.

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