Infrasound: Healing Sound Waves
For Magic, infrasound was the perfect solution. It relieved pain and chronic inflammation and even helped dissolve scar tissue.
Q. I am a breeder and trainer of thoroughbred horses and use many natural means to treat my animals. Recently a client asked me about infrasound therapy to treat her horse’s inflammation. What exactly is it and what does it do? Is it like ultrasound?
J.V., Farmingdale, N.J.
A. The common thread here is that both therapy modalities use acoustics, but they are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of delivery and results. Ultrasound uses a single high frequency (20,000-1,000,000 Hz) to stimulate a local area and heat up tissue. Therapeutic infrasound produces alpha sound waves in the approximate range of 8 to 14Hz in a multiple, random, chaotic signal. The sound waves travel and penetrate deeply throughout the body. Infrasound can be applied over a plaster cast, boots or wraps. Unlike a single frequency, the chaotic nature of the infrasound overrides the body’s natural ability to tune out a rhythmic, predictable pattern. Infrasound is inaudible to the human ear and can travel great distances without distortion. It is, in fact, what whales use to communicate.
Trauma to the body can evoke cellular responses such as inflammation, swelling and cellular “shutdown.” When this happens, the body’s ability to heal quickly is reduced, and chronic pain may result. When applied to painful areas, acupuncture points or meridians on the body, the infrasound sending device ripples soothing alpha waves throughout the cellular matrix, breaking up these traumatic responses and restoring normal cellular activity. Beneficial results may include reduced inflammation, relaxed muscles, and increased local circulation. Areas of stagnation are replenished with fresh, oxygenated nutrients. This promotes reduced recovery time from injury as well as improving the animal’s overall health. Since this therapy activates the cells of the body, it also facilitates more rapid and effective absorption of herbs, vitamins and medications prescribed by your veterinarian.
In the performance world (whether human or animal), inflammation, spasm and trauma can make the difference between an easy victory and an early retirement. Ronald J. Riegel, a doctor of veterinary medicine, studied infrasound’s effects on 10 racehorses that had chronic inflammation of the hocks (the equivalent of a person’s ankles). He treated the right hock of each animal for 10 minutes with an infrasound device, leaving the left hock untreated as a control. Following infrasound treatment, he found lower temperatures in all of the horses’ right hocks. (A decrease in temperature indicates reduced inflammation.) During another test, Dr. Riegel treated the right hock for 20 minutes at two 12-hour intervals and saw a reduction in temperature that lasted more than four days. For his final test, he treated 12 acupuncture points related to the right hock, which also caused a drop in the temperature in all of the horses’ right hocks. For the next two months, these horses showed significantly reduced injury and impro ved performance and required fewer drugs compared to those horses not included in the study.
We asked one of our horse experts, Susan Dowlatshahi from China Healthways Institute, to tell us about her experience with this sound therapy. She has been treating animals (and people, too) with infrasound and has achieved rapid, long-lasting results. Dowlatshahi shared with us the success of a case others had given up on. “An 8-year-old thoroughbred, Magic, suffered from chronic tenosynovitis in the left hind leg, which caused intermittent lameness for two years. His owner reported that any amount of motion beyond a walk would reinjure the problem area, producing a vicious cycle of pain, swelling and inflammation. Ultrasounds and a physical exam revealed excess fluid, inflammation, pain and inability to bear weight. Magic’s performance career was thought to be over; it was hoped that he could become a serviceable trail horse. The original treatment plan of six months’ stall rest, tranquilizers, anti-inflammatory medications and cold water therapy was not viable, since the confinement and pain brought on unm anageable behavior in the horse.
“On January 1, 1999, Magic began infrasound therapy. His treatment consisted only of the infrasound, cold water therapy and a 24′ x 48′ paddock for daily turnout. On January 26, a veterinarian examined Magic and reported that the swelling was markedly reduced. Magic exhibited no pain when his injured leg was palpated. Ultrasound scans confirmed a reduction in fluid content and inflammation. A few days later, Magic began walking and trotting while being ponied. The scans at eight weeks revealed continued improvement. At 10 weeks, a five-minute trot was added to Magic’s routine with careful observation for any swelling, heat or tenderness; remarkably, there was none. By 14 weeks, Magic had fully recovered and went back home to resume dressage and jumping training. Two years later, Magic is still at full strength and shows no sign of a recurrence. For Magic, infrasound was the perfect solution. It relieved pain and chronic inflammation and even helped dissolve scar tissue.
“Another success story concerns our 29-year-old pony, Mr. Spock, who was attacked by a stray pit bull. The pony suffered lacerations and punctures to the chest, knee, hindquarters, eye and muzzle. After we managed to pull the dog off, Mr. Spock lay motionless on the ground, literally covered with blood. I feared we would lose him to shock or heart attack so I immediately started infrasound treatment. Within minutes, he began to stabilize. We continued the infrasound while veterinary treatments, such as stitching and stapling, were administered. Mr. Spock remained calm throughout the process. Two and a half hours later, he was quite comfortable and bright-eyed, eating hay and drinking water with normal digestive function. This was extraordinary for a horse that had just experienced such trauma and injury. While I have come to expect such results, the vet was astounded.
“Although Mr. Spock was out of shock and patched up, infection was the next concern. Antibiotics were administered and infrasound devices were mounted in the pony’s stall. The next day, there was minimal swelling and soreness. For the next week, infrasound treatments were administered directly to the wound sites three times daily, then once daily thereafter. Mr. Spock’s wounds healed rapidly with no complications, and within three weeks the pony recovered fully and without infection. The infrasound produced many benefits in this case–reducing shock and trauma, relieving body soreness, reducing swelling, boosting the immune system, accelerating wound healing and minimizing scar tissue.”
Another infrasound success story
Dowlatshahi continued, “One of my favorite dog stories pertains to Moose, a 16-year-old Skipperkee who had suffered from chronic pancreatitis, liver and kidney problems for 13 of his 16 years. His devoted guardian, Nancy, had spent thousands of dollars on diagnostics, medications and treatments to maintain his comfort level. Moose did have periods of satisfactory health, but rarely was he 100 percent.
“Unlike horses, who relished the infrasound treatments, Moose became very agitated when treated and would squirm out of our arms and run away. Creating additional discomfort for poor Moose didn’t seem fair, so we discontinued the infrasound. The beginning of December brought a bad flare-up of Moose’s pancreatitis that didn’t respond to conventional treatment. He began a rapid downward spiral and did not eat or drink voluntarily for 10 days. By mid-January, the Western veterinary medical chest had been exhausted. Nancy made the decision to put Moose to sleep the following day and had just spent the evening saying her final good-byes. I suggested she administer infrasound to his abdomen to keep him comfortable through the night. He lay on his bed in the kitchen, breathing shallowly and enveloped by infrasound therapy. This time he couldn’t run away.
“After a sleepless night, Nancy’s friend arrived to take her and Moose for his final visit to the vet. They walked into the kitchen to find Moose up and walking around. His appointment was cancelled and they continued with aggressive infrasound therapy. Over the next few days, Moose gained strength and began eating and drinking voluntarily. He began taking walks and became more alert each day. He eagerly accepted his infrasound therapy treatments and slept with his machine at night. After about six weeks, Nancy reported that Moose’s appetite was the best it had ever been, and his once dull coat had taken on a rich blue-black hue. His vitality had returned and he was more lively than he had been in many years.
Nina Anderson and Dr. Howard Peiper have more than 50 years of combined experience in the natural health field as researchers, writers and practitioners.
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