The tuning fork I chose to purchase is a 68.05 Hz made by Omnivos. I chose this particular tuning for the low resonance. It does not come with a percussion mallet so I purchased a Taylor Tomahawk Percussion Reflex Hammer. I’ve found it’s important to have a rubber mallet to strike the tuning fork with to get the best resonance.
How Low Resonance Vibration Works On The Body
I use the tuning fork for two entirely different purposes. The first one I’ll discuss is the effect of vibration on connective tissue, or fascia. This connective tissue surrounds every muscle fiber in the body. It also encases the tendon and is the tissue which actually attaches to the bone. Fascia also surrounds the organs of the body, but here I am only concerned with myofascial tissue, or the fascia around and connected to the muscles and tendons.
Connective tissue has no blood flow, but it does have nerves. These nerves are called fibroblasts. They control the density of the tissue. When these nerves sense a trauma, or even a continued pattern of activity, they respond by thickening the tissue, usually at the attachment of the muscle or tendon to the joint or bone. This may protect the attachment at the time of the trauma, but cause issues later with range of motion or pain. Overstretching will actually make the thickening worse.
In my clinic, when someone complains about a pain that is persistent and also limits range of motion, I will check for fascia thickening at the attachment. It will feel dense like a small lump and the muscle will be tight as if it is in spasm. The fibroblasts will sense the low resonance vibration and allow the tissue to “un-bundle.” Then I just place my fingers firmly at the attachment and while keeping a steady tension slowly rubbing, lengthening the fascia and freeing the muscle.
How to Use the Tuning Fork
The resonance of the tuning fork only stays strong enough to affect the fascia for about 5 seconds. Therefore, the fork must be struck with the mallet repeatedly. I strike it 9 times, to allow 45 seconds of strong resonance. The Omnivos Tuning Fork is weighted at the ends of the fork. Hold the fork tightly in your non-dominate hand near the bottom of the fork, about an inch away from the fascia attachment you are working on. After striking the weighted tip, move it as close to the area as possible without touching the skin, as that will stop the vibration. After five seconds, repeat the process nine times.
Resonant vibration of 68 Hz is so low it is difficult to hear. Strike the weighted tip and hold it next to your ear, and then you can hear the strength and richness of this vibration. The feel on the skin is subtle but noticeable. Vibration’s effect on the fascia is actually quite amazing! I have tried recording the sound and looping it so I wouldn’t have to keep striking the fork continuously. However, it pales in comparison to the actual fork resonating.
Other Uses of the
The second use for the tuning fork is one that is pretty far out of the box. While using the resonant vibration for fascia may be a little different, it does work on an actual body part with visible results that can be easily explained scientifically. This second use moves towards the metaphysical, and most medical professionals would scoff at the prospect. I understand that many, even most, people will not see value in this modality, I will discuss it anyway, as it has been a part of my practice for over 25 years. Chakra opening and balancing is the other use of the tuning fork.
Feel free to just use the first part of the review for fascia release. However, if you’re curious, here we go. There are seven major Chakras that articulate with our bodies. The word Chakra translates to wheel from Sanskrit to English. The Chakra is a spinning vortex of energy that spins in and out of these 7 portals to and from our bodies. Are you rolling your eyes yet? It’s OK, I never believed it until I saw them work with my own eyes, and felt them. I will leave the purpose of each individual chakra for another post. For this article, I will focus on the Solar Plexus Chakra, located at the bottom of the rib cage in the center of your torso about 3 inches above your navel. This Chakra is all about personal power, or lack of it, nutrient absorption, and one’s sense of self or self-esteem.
To measure a chakra and assess if it is in balance or not, use any conductive metal chain. Aluminum will not work. Copper, Silver, Steel and Gold will work. Simply hold one end of the chain 2 inches above the chakra, with the subject laying down on their back, face up. If you hold the chain steady, the bottom of the chain should start rotating, following the spin of the chakra. If the chain goes back and forth, like a pendulum, or if it doesn’t move at all, then the chakra is likely blocked.
Use the same technique as above in the section “How to use the Tuning Fork.” After 45 seconds of resonance, measure again with the chain. It should now spin. It does take some time to get the feel for this, so don’t get discouraged, just notice what you feel, and don’t try to force anything. Be relaxed as you hold the chain. The person you are working on will sense your tension, and the results won’t be as effective.
Wrapping It Up
The Omnivos Tuning Fork is an effective tool in my healing practice. I use it every day. It’s extremely valuable to me and to the clients I work on. This is not some fluffy new age thing. I help people with their pain every day.
You should try this. It’s a small investment that gives oversized results. The Omnivos Tuning Fork is only $47 at Amazon, and the Taylor Tomahawk Percussion Reflex Hammer. is $6.49. Using it is not only helpful, it is entertaining. You might open up a whole new world of vibrational medicine. We are, after all, just that. Matter is nothing more than concentrated vibrations. More on that in a future blog. Until then…
To Your Health! Be well and Thrive!