Several intriguing and inexpensive tech gadgets have emerged in the marketplace not too long ago to alleviate stress and anxiousness. I’m most enthusiastic about utilizing sound and vibration to calm a triggered nervous system, which is the supply of stress and anxiousness manifesting within the physique. In my very own expertise as a biohacker and for my shoppers as a human potential coach and power healer, I’ve seen how these gadgets can powerfully shift the nervous system and work each short- and long-term to cut back stress and anxiousness and calm the thoughts and physique.
Our physique is at first an brisk system. Jap therapeutic from the Chinese language and Vedic techniques have identified this for 1000’s of years — the delicate power physique is the elemental idea underlying acupuncture and different energy-based therapeutic techniques that acknowledge chi, or the life pressure inherent in all issues. As sound drugs specialist Kulreet Chaudhary, MD, says, “each organ, each bone, and each cell within the physique has its personal resonant frequency.” Given this delicate electrical power system inside the physique, it is sensible that sound and vibration might be a direct strategy to alter our biology. The emergence of recent sound and vibration gadgets follows from mounting scientific proof of the efficacy of those energy-based therapeutic modalities. A number of research have demonstrated the physique’s and particularly the mind’s sensitivity to sound and vibration by way of modifications in arousal, emotion, and gene expression when individuals take heed to dissonant versus nice music. And we aren’t simply speaking about calming the physique — watch this mind-blowing TED Speak by Anthony Holland at Skidmore Faculty on utilizing resonant frequencies for therapeutic most cancers and determine for your self. Famous cell biologist Bruce Lipton, PhD, writes within the Biology of Perception (2005) concerning the antenna-like constructions on cells that reply to vibrational frequencies:
The antennas on these power receptors vibrate like tuning forks… As a result of these receptors can learn power fields, the notion that solely bodily molecules can impression cell physiology is outmoded. Organic conduct might be managed by invisible forces in addition to it may be managed by bodily molecules like penicillin, a reality that gives the scientific underpinning for pharmaceutical-free power drugs.
When the nervous system receives a sign that it perceives as a risk, the vagus nerve alerts the amygdala to reply. The small almond-shaped amygdala is the traditional reptilian heart of the mind that prompts the concern and stress response to maintain you secure. This organ could be very helpful if a lion lies hidden within the grass ready to eat you, however not as useful in trendy life and might be the rationale that you just assume an annoying colleague or lengthy grocery retailer traces may threaten your very survival.
Sound and vibration gadgets work to enhance vagal tone, that means that vibrations resonate by way of your physique and activate the parasympathetic nervous system whenever you put on these gadgets. This alerts your physique to chill out quite than set off a stress response.
Behind the scenes, improved vagal tone will increase your capacity to chill out after stress. Excessive vagal tone is tied to elevated coronary heart fee variability (HRV), which is the variation within the time interval between consecutive heartbeats in milliseconds. Excessive resting HRV has been linked to quite a few optimistic well being advantages, together with decrease stress and general well being and wellness.
HUSO ($549) makes use of “lossless” non-digital human frequency sound coupled with crystals that vibrate at ankle and wrist acupressure factors. There are 10 completely different settings to realize particular targets (for instance, calm, chill out, floor, launch), and every session lasts 30 minutes. Customers are suggested to do one session per day for max profit. The working speculation of HUSO is that the human physique is hardwired to resonate extra readily and entrain or synchronize with the human vocal frequencies. A minimum of one revealed examine helps this concept. This examine measured decreased cortisol (a hormone within the physique linked to emphasize) in examine members after listening to choir music. My very own expertise with HUSO is kind of optimistic. I’ve used it for a 12 months on an occasional foundation for stress, grounding, and launch and see a major calming and rest impact after every session.
Sensate ($249) makes use of sound and vibration instantly on the physique whenever you place the machine in your chest. Customers each really feel and listen to a synchronized soundscape that resonates by way of the physique to tone and uplift the capabilities of your vagus nerve.
Apollo ($349) makes use of mixtures of low-frequency vibrations delivered in a watch-sized wristband and adjusted with an easy-to-use telephone app. I give the machine excessive marks for ease of use and modern design. There are seven major settings, together with power/wake-up, rebuild/recuperate, and chill out/unwind. The machine was invented and created by two docs on the College of Pittsburgh. Medical doctors David Rabin, MD, PhD, and Greg Siegle, PhD, have performed a double-blind placebo-controlled examine on Apollo with promising outcomes. Additionally they have college pilots and trials which have proven that Apollo persistently improves HRV below stress inside two to 3 minutes, improves athletic restoration, and helps entry to calmer, deeper thoughts states. At $349, this machine is on the pricier facet, however I actually assume it fills a distinct segment that isn’t represented by the opposite gadgets right here, contemplating that it may be used discreetly 24-7, so whether or not you might be working, enjoying, or sleeping, you might be sending your physique calming or energizing alerts — all backed by some fairly spectacular science.
NeoRhythm ($299) shouldn’t be technically a direct sound/vibration machine because it makes use of pulsed electromagnetic frequencies (PEMF) utilized by way of a scarf to affect and improve brainwaves for better calm, readability, and improved sleep. I’ve used the NeoRhythm for a number of months, and my private expertise is that it appears to extend work focus and helps with accessing deeper, calmer thoughts states with little to no psychological chatter, but it surely’s troublesome to evaluate whether or not utilizing it helps to shift the thoughts extra completely to a transparent, calm manner of being. The free app that packages the machine is useful however just a little clunky and exhausting to get round in. One of the vital intriguing points of this machine is the customized setting the place you may apply any vibrational frequency (for instance, Schumann resonance frequencies) for as much as eight hours at a time, offering a compelling possibility for these wishing to experiment with therapeutic utilizing completely different frequencies.
Coronary heart coherence or resonance frequency respiratory (free) isn’t a tool, but it surely’s value mentioning this already-within-you possibility to enhance vagal tone. This method makes use of sluggish in-out breaths to a depend of 4 to 6 whereas producing optimistic emotions within the coronary heart of affection or compassion in order that the complete breath takes about 10 to 12 seconds, related to what’s described on this video. With resonant respiratory, you may dramatically enhance vagal tone and HRV by way of constant observe of heart-coherent respiratory for 20 minutes two instances per day. I additionally advocate the HeartMath and Elite HRV apps and biofeedback gadgets to help with studying these strategies.
So many individuals are searching for methods to cut back their stress and anxiousness. We’re lucky to have plenty of comparatively cheap gadgets and strategies to assist calming the thoughts and physique and a improbable addition to different mind-body strategies resembling meditation and yoga.
The usage of sound and frequencies for therapeutic remains to be in its infancy within the Western world, although sound therapeutic pioneers like Eileen Day McKusick are opening our eyes to the transformative energy of understanding the human physique as electrical. With these new frequency-based gadgets now broadly accessible (and extra in growth), that “future drugs” seems to have arrived.