Physioacoustic studies at the University of Jyväskylä and the University of Kalamazoo- Compiled
by Petri Lehikoinen et al.
A patient suffering from advanced amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known also by the name of Lou Gehrigs disease, tested Physioacoustic therapy in Kalamazoo in August-October 1991. After a 10-week therapy period he reported considerable improvement in breathing due to phlegm reduction in the bronchial tubes. His speech also became more understandable and there was improvement in blood circulation and increase of muscle strength, especially in the legs. The patient came to therapy sessions 2-3 times a week with the exception of three one-week breaks. In general the patient found the therapy to be very comfortable.
A blood pressure patient using the Physioacoustic system in Finland has been followed for two years by the cardiologist.
At the beginning the systolic blood pressure was over 200 and diastolic over 140. With medication the pressure was lowered to the level 180/120. The patient started daily treatments of with Physioacoustic therapy. General relaxation program (twenty minutes) was applied. After six months the systolic pressure was 120 and diastolic 85.
The blood pressure (systolic and diastolic) seems to remain on this level even when the medication has been reduced to quarter of the original dose.
A patient suffering from severe asthmatic symptoms wanted to try the Physioacoustic therapy for her neck and shoulder tensions. Soon she noticed that the asthmatic attacks were also relieved. The treatment helped even in more serious attacks, which usually had hospitalised her for several days.
The patient believes that the Physioacoustic therapy could be helpful for many patients with asthmatic problems.
The studies conducted in some institutes for handicapped in Finland show that the Physioacoustic treatment is beneficial for handicapped patients.
Case 4 was a 21- year-old Dystonia tetraplegia patient with whole body spasm. Physioacoustic therapy was applied at the beginning five times a week, each session lasted 20 minutes.
After two months the weekly sessions were reduced to three. First reactions to the treatment were emotional pleasure and enjoyment. After five months the twisted body position was almost symmetrical. Feet and wrists were spontaneously relaxed. The therapy was intercepted after a year for seven months without any deterioration in the physical condition. The patient is able to control the relaxed condition voluntarily. No other therapy was applied during the experiment.
Case 5 was an 11 -year-old girl suffering from a rare genetic brain disease (Calcificatio intracerebralis familians idiopathica), which slowly destroys the brain. Patients usually die of this disease at the age of 11-12 years. She was already at the terminal stage and medical treatments had been discontinued. The estimated life span was some months. The physical condition was poor. Blood circulation and digestion did not function properly. The mobility was very much reduced. The whole body was very spastic.
The Physioacoustic therapy was started to reduce the discomfort during the last months. Therapy was also applied in this case every weekday (five times a week), each session lasting twenty minutes. After two months the sessions were reduced to 2-3. The patient responded to the treatment rapidly. During the very first sessions the enjoyment was quite obvious. After two weeks some natural reflexes like swallowing and yawning were much improved.
After six months the controlled movement improved so much that the patient was able to start watercolour painting. Digestion and circulation were also considerably improved. In 1993, after three years the physical condition of the patient is stable and she needs to be treated only occasionally. Both of the cases have been documented on videotapes. Thus the development can be observed step by step.
27 years old free style skier training for the Albertville Winter Olympics had a severe muscle problem which was diagnosed a at the Sport Medicine Centre of Diakonissalaitos in Helsinki to be a piriformis syndroma. The problem began during the training and Competition tour in December in the USA. The patient had to interrupt the tour because of this disorder.
The Physioacoustic treatment was started 27.1.92. This was far too late, because it gave only one and half weeks to treat the problem. At the beginning the muscles were very sore, so the first goal was to calm down the pain and the possible muscle inflammation. For this purpose the very low frequencies (just above FysAc zero level) were used. At the beginning the gravitational traction was used in the 30 degrees angle. After this the relaxation of cramped muscles in the symptomatic area was started. The pulsation at beginning was fast to the end of the session it was slowed down.
For the second half of the session (15 minutes) program 4 was used, thighs and legs increased to 9 and strength to 7-8. In the gravitational traction the angle was increase slowly to 90 degrees. The patient received six treatments and was able to compete in Albertville.
Competition results for the athlete fell in the semi-finals and he was not able to ski in the finals. It also appeared that the muscle was further damaged during the competition and muscle had to be operated on afterwards in Finland.
A 29 years old ice hockey player was preparing for the winter Olympics and the Finnish league finals. The problem was very stiff and sore muscles in shoulders. The Physioacoustic treatment started. The range of frequency 88-104-133 was applied. (Using the professional model) Pulsation was fast 12 - 25 and action was changed 0-1-2-0.
The second half of the session (15 minutes) was program 2, neck-back 9, strength 7-8. Every second time program 1 was used instead of program 2. The gravitational traction 30-90 degrees were applied every time for 5-10 minutes.
The patient received treatments. The muscle problem was eased and the player did fairly well in the winter Olympics and in the finals of the Finnish league. His team won the bronze medals. The player, with some his team players won silver medals in the ice hockey world championships in Prague.
A 39 years old shopkeeper, who also was an instructor in ski boarding, had a severe lower back problem. After the first treatment he went to the Ski Centre to give some lessons. After this the pain increased so much that he hardly could move. Fifteen therapy sessions were scheduled.
At the beginning the goal was to reduce the intolerable pain and the quite obvious nerve root inflammation. For this purpose low frequencies (0-27) were used with slow pulsation (cycles 199). When the pain was at a tolerable level, the treatment was concentrated on the relaxation of muscle cramps. The frequencies 88-104 was used for this purpose, the pulsation at the first half of the session was fast (15-35) and the strength in the symptomatic area was 7-8. The frequency was changed after every three minutes (88-94-104-88). For the second half of the session, program three was used in intensified form (legs 9, thighs 9, back 8, strength 6) (Music was Ray Lynch's Deep Breakfast. No Blue Thing or classical.).
After the PA-treatment the patient received gravitational traction 5 minutes in 30 degree's angle and 5 minutes in 90 degree's angle. The patient came to therapy three times a week, 15 treatments altogether. The back pain started to decrease after the first treatment. It was totally gone after five treatments. The patient wanted to use all fifteen sessions.
A 45 years old marketing manager suffers from hypertension. Intensified 1 and 4 (Model Sx) (BP1 and BP2, Pro) were used two - three times a week. Strength 6-7, legs 9 and thighs 9.
Diastolic blood pressure dropped down from 105Hgmm to 85Hgmm and Systolic from 189Hgmm to 135Hgmm. It kept down for days after 20 times of treatments without medication.
A 65 years old female was suffering with hypertension. In this case the patient especially reported improved blood circulation in legs and hands, warmer skin temperature and more relaxed general physical condition (much easier to breathe).
A 58 years old professor of the Technical University of Helsinki, presents with hypertension and strong side effects of medication.
The patient wants to find an alternative treatment or to reduce the medication. The treatment was started with program 1 and 4 (Model Sx), BPl, BP2 (Pro). The results are promising after six treatments. The patient doesn't take his medicine in the morning of the therapy day. After the PA treatment the blood pressure stays down about 24 hours, with regular medication not more than 8 hours.
A 16 years old girl suffers from a spinal tumour and spasm (Glioma Pontis et medullae, Tetraplegia spastica). The patient came to the Medical centre for magnetic treatments because of increasing spasm and decreasing mobility.
On January 15 the Physioacoustic treatment was started. Single oxygen was used every other time in the therapy. By the end of February the neurologist evaluated that the balance and mobility was improved considerably and the spasm was decreased. She prescribed the PA-therapy to be continued twice a week at least for a year.
At the beginning of April the magnetic and oxygen therapy was discontinued. The patient reports continuous improvement in mobility and decrease in spasm. Magnetic and oxygen treatments don't seem to have a significant role.
Nine neurotic patients received ten thirty minute sessions. Stress levels were evaluated with 12 different methods, including measurement of blood pressure, pulse and pain, depression and anxiety evaluation: during the therapy all parameters showed a decreasing tendency. Statistically significant decreases were observed in the feeling of pain, tension and anxiety. Pulse and blood pressure also showed a decreasing trend .After seven months; there was no deterioration in the physical condition. No other therapy was applied during this trial