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Sound Healing Research

science of sound healing Nov 14, 2017
Sound Healing Research

Sound healing instruments produce sonic waves with mixed frequencies mostly between 30 and 5000 Hz.  

The vibrations which are produced lie within a frequency range that can be directly felt at the point of contact and in the surrounding area. 

In this sense, sound healing can be regarded as local vibration therapy without the use of electrical devices.  

The deep penetrative effect of sound (phonon) wave treatment can be attained by both direct application to the bone and to relatively soft tissue.



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