What is Sound Healing?
What You Need to Know About Sound Healing
Practicing meditation can be a useful tool when recovering from drug and alcohol dependency. Sound therapy is also catching on at drug and alcohol treatment facilities, since it produces meditation-like health benefits.
How does sound healing work?
Sound waves vibrate, and vibration is thought to affect bodily functions, helping to lower everything from blood pressure to stress. It’s not exactly a new idea. Think Tibetan singing bowls. Even the Ancient Greeks believed listening to music could treat disease.
And you likely engage in your own form of sound therapy every time you listen to your favorite song, whether you realize it or not.
Sound therapy can take many forms. Here are only a few:
Vibracoustic therapy uses sound vibrations produced by speakers embedded in recliners or special mattresses.
Some evidence suggests vibracoustic therapy reduces stress, promotes relaxation, and even decreases pain in cancer patients.
Guided sound therapy involves voice instruction – either in a class, video, or app. Instead of music, in this case sound is created by chants or mantras in unison.
Evidence suggests this form of meditation can help treat depression and anxiety, improve memory, and lower cholesterol.
Singing Bowl Therapy
Practiced for centuries in Tibetan culture, singing bowl therapy uses the deep, penetrating soundwaves produced by specially made metal bowls. The effect is thought to reduce stress, treat depression, and help with anger issues.
Other forms of sound therapy include the Nodoff-Robbins method, which uses music played live to help children with development delays, and tuning fork therapy, which involves the application of a vibrating tuning fork to different parts of the body. Tuning fork therapy is believed to produce many of the same effects as acupuncture.
While there is strong evidence supporting the positive health benefits of certain forms of sound therapy, there’s a lot left to know. The best thing about it is, there are no negative side effects to sound therapy, so give it a try!
Ask your drug and alcohol treatment facility if they offer sound therapy. It’s helped many people recover from drug and alcohol abuse, and it might also work for you.
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