Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sound Waves

Sound Forms Art And Is A Medicinal Aid

This is a visual display of some of the amazing shapes that can be made using various stages of sound. It made me think of the Fibonacci sequence and the many forms that can be seen in nature. You can even see the infinity symbol.

But there is so much more being done with sound such as ultra sound. According the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service National Institute of Arthritis and Musculosketal and Skin Diseases at the National Institutes of Health it is used in the treatment of sports injuries. (ultrasound – sound waves)

The American Cancer Society explains Sonopuncture as acupuncture but without the needle. Ultrasound waves are applied to the body’s acupuncture points. Along with the use of the sound device other devices and tuning forks may be used.

And here is something from the National Center For Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health:

Sound Energy Therapy
Sound energy therapy, sometimes referred to as vibrational or frequency therapy, includes music therapy as well as wind chime and tuning fork therapy. The presumptive basis of its effect is that specific sound frequencies resonate with specific organs of the body to heal and support the body. …affected blood pressure…help reduce pain and anxiety…entrain mood states, reduce acute or chronic pain, and alter certain biochemicals, such as plasma beta-endorphin levels. These uses of energy fields truly overlap with the domain of mind-body medicine Practices that focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, with the intent to use the mind to affect physical functioning and promote health.

While another use for sound is covered in the article “Healing sound: the use of ultrasound in drug delivery and other therapeutic applications” by Samir Mitragotri. Here is the Reviews Drug Discovery 4, 255-2660(March 2005)abstract:

Ultrasound, which is routinely used for diagnostic imaging applications, is now being adopted in various drug delivery and other therapeutic applications. Ultrasound has been shown to facilitate the delivery of drugs across the skin, promote gene therapy to targeted tissues, deliver chemotherapeutic drugs into tumours and deliver thrombolytic drugs into blood clots. In addition, ultrasound has also been shown to facilitate the healing of wounds and bone fractures. This article reviews the principles and current status of ultrasound-based treatments.

Sound is truly amazing. We see it, we feel it, and it is everywhere, except in a vacumn of course. It's turning out to be useful in many different ways.