Both my pyscholgist and Doctor have been pushing me heavily into delta wave music for pain management as an extra tool in my pain management box of tricks.
I didnt understand anything about the science of this at all, but have been doing a crash course since and now understand the value of such music.
Being new to this (where have I been !), I was hoping some others might be able to guide me into where I can find some really good soothing claming and relaxing delta wave music for free or what more experienced people are listening too already.
I have found some places already such as mp3skull.com or freemusic archive.org but am hoping to get some more valued experience from others instead of reinventing the wheel/ or building the road all by myself when these have already been done before many times over by people with more experience than me.
So if you know of some really good delta wave music or any sites that some good delta wave music for free - can you list them below so that I can follow it up as I am very keen to get some more and particularly what others may have found to be really helpful and or valuable.
For those that dont know about it, I simply copied some information for their benefit below. There is no shortage of science, facts and studies into the facts on delta wave music and it uses and effect on us, looking around on the web on fact and science based sites like wikipedia, makes it clear that we respond to it in certain ways that are useful. There are six waveforms of music but I am only interested in Delta wave music at this stage for the following reasons:
Following are benefits of Delta brainwaves:
Delta range (0.5 hz - 4 hz): Deep dreamless sleep, trance, suspended animation. Anti-aging. Reduces the amount of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress & aging. Increases the levels of DHEA (anti-aging) & melantonin (decreases aging process.) Associated with unconscious mind & sleep state - in conjunction with other frequencies in a waking state. "Delta acts as a form of radar – seeking out information – reaching out to understand on the deepest unconscious level things that we can't understand through thought process." Provides intuition, empathetic attunement & instinctual insight. Conducive to miracle type healing, divine knowledge, inner being & personal growth, rebirth, trauma recovery, "one with the universe" experiences (samadhi), near death experience, characterized by "unknowing", merely a blissful "being" state such as deep sleep or coma. Delta: deep, dreamless sleep, trance state, non-REM sleep; profound relaxation, restorative sleep, feelings of tranquility&peace, if one can remain aware. Feeling of unity with everything, accelerated language retention; enhancement of receptivity. Earth Resonance; (a remedy for) depression & anxiety. Wholebeing regeneration, DNA stimulation. Pain relief, relaxation; production of endogenous opiates. Use for sedative effect. Sedative effect - reported use on bleeding, bruises, insomnia, and sinusitis. Abrahams Universal Healing Rate. Sleep. Those individuals whose ailments have manifested into the fourth stage of Chronic Fatigue, where some form of disease is apparent, experienced a release from the negative sensation of their symptoms when moved into 1.5HZ. Tri-thalamic entrainment format. According to Ronald deStrulle, creates entrainment between hypothalamus, pituitary & pineal. May benefit dyslexics + people with Alzheimer's. Helps hair grow + get its color back; pituitary stimulation to release growth hormone (helps develop muscle, recover from injuries, rejuvenation effects). Feeling of well- being, pituitary stimulation to release growth hormone; overall view of inter- relationships; harmony & balance.
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I don't know much about this music. I listen to certain music that I find relaxes me and I think we are all different to some degree. But I will investigate this 'delta wave' music to see if it is any better.
Thanks for the article Mate!
I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)
So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)
Your right about we respond differently. Based on what you said, I thought I should add some more science here about this for the benefit of others, that might use music for pain management which explains things in a more simpler empathetic and logical sense.
Music does many things for the human body including, masking unpleasant sounds and feelings, slowing down and equalizing brain waves, affecting respiration, affecting the heartbeat, pulse rate, and blood pressure, reducing muscle tension and improving body movement and coordination, affecting the body temperature, regulating stress-related hormones, boosting the immune function, changing our perception of space and time, strengthening our memory and learning, boosting productivity, enhancing romance and sexuality, stimulating digestion, fostering endurance, enhancing unconscious receptivity to symbolism, and generating a sense of safety and well-being.
The next few paragraphs will address each way that music has an affect on our body so one can get a more full understanding of how something like music can affect our bodies in such a large way. (Campbell Index)
Music masks unpleasant sounds and feelings in many ways. A simple example of how this is done is when you take a trip to the dentist. If you're going to get a root canal or something else that would involve a drill, you usually don't want to get it done because most people are terrified of drills, and the sound of the drill. And we all know the music the dentist plays in the office. We all dread it. But what we don't know is that it is this music that can most of the time disguise or even balance out the sounds of the dentist's drill. But what the music doesn't necessarily do is calm you down while you're in the waiting room waiting for the moment you go into that room, sit in the chair, and have the doctor start to drill away on your teeth. (Campbell 64)
Music can slow down and equalize brain waves.
There are 4 common kinds of waves that the brain has, but seven in total.
Beta waves, Alpha waves, Theta waves, Delta waves and the higher or lower frequency waves Lambda, Gamma and Epsilom.
Epsilom, Lambda and Gamma Waves will not be covered here as they are ultra low or high frequency and not common in being used in general use.
All of these waves are measured in hertz.
Beta waves range from 14-20 hertz
Alpha waves range from 9 to 13 hertz
Theta waves from 4 to 7 hertz
Delta from .5-3 hertz.
When we focus on daily activities, or experience emotions that are strong, that's when Beta waves occur. Calmness and having a heightened awareness are part of the Alpha waves, and if you're in meditation, sleeping, or in an inspiring mood where you're very creative, that's when you're using theta waves, and when you're in deep sleep, and deep meditation, that's when delta waves are used. The slower the brain waves, the more relaxed, contended, and peaceful we feel. Common household music, medium paced music, generally has a pulse of about 60 beats per minute, which in turn can shift from the beta waves to the alpha waves. This is in certain types of music like Baroque, and New Age type music. This will increase alertness and things of that sort. If you're listening to a Shamanic drumbeat, your waves may drop into the theta range, which would in turn, alert your state of consciousness. Because a Shamanic drumbeat alters your hearing, because it's so different than other types of music. Different types of music, alert different waves, which then react differently, which makes you react differently. “If you are daydreaming or find yourself in an emotional, unfocused mood, a little Mozart or Baroque music in the background for ten to fifteen minutes can help to steady your conscious awareness and increase your mental organization.” There isn't any bias or opposing viewpoints on this part, mainly because it's all proven fact. One can't argue with what has already been proven, because it's right. Scientists now know that the brain reacts differently to different types of music. (Campbell 65,66)
Music affects respiration, there's no doubt about it. Everyday breathing is rhythmic. When one breathes deep, and at a slow rate, this helps calmness, and lets you have a better control of emotions, you can think deeper, and speeds up your metabolism. If one breathes fast, quick, and shallow, it leads to that person having shallow scattered thinking, and you'll have more of a tendency to make mistakes in what you're doing while you're breathing so hard. (Campbell 66).
The music you listen to affects the way you breathe and react to the music. If you react by dancing and banging your head around, you're usually listening to fast paced music, which will then speed up your breathing. (Campbell 67) Bias in this is that this doesn't happen for everybody. Some people listen to fast music and relax to it. I am one of those people. But that doesn't mean that the music still doesn't have an affect on my breathing. It really just depends on the music you listen to and who you are.
Music affects the heartbeat, pulse rate, and blood pressure. It's pretty obvious how this works. From the previous paragraph where the breathing was affected, it's nearly the same thing. The heartbeat responds to sound and music just as we would. It picks up on the frequency, tempo, volume, and it tends to speed up according to the pace of the music. It's not necessarily going to go with the beat, but it will slow down or speed up to a fast or slow song, but only within a certain range. Because the heart can only go so fast or so slow and still be safe, and it sure wouldn't kill itself. Just like the breathing rates in the last paragraph, the slower heartbeat makes it so the mind is calm, it reduces stress and tension, and helps the body heal itself. There are studies on this particular statement, but nearly all the studies are the same. Two groups do one thing, one is exposed to either silence or a neutral music, and the other to the music you're trying to prove something for, and it comes out positive for the hard rock, or the elevator music, or whatever music one may have tested. The heartbeat, affects the pulse rate, because they're related, so that's how it affects the pulse rate. Music can change the blood pressure also. Dr. Shirley Thompson, an associated professor of epidemiology at the University of South Carolina School of Public Health, reports that excessive noise may raise blood pressure by as much as 10 percent. It's not likely that all the types of music you listen to will raise your blood pressure until it's unhealthy, these are just minor changes that don't really mean anything; it just shows what music can do to our body. (Campbell 67)
Music reduces muscle tension and improves body movement and coordination. There was a study conducted in Colorado State University in 1991. twenty-four undergraduate women had to swing their arms and hit a target with an object on completion of the downswing. They played music during this and the researchers found that when the women coordinated their movements and swings with the beat, instead of going at their own rate, they had more control over their muscles, and it also enhanced their mood and motivation. (Campbell 69)
Music affects the body temperature. For a very common example, think of a creaking screen door, or fingernails on a chalkboard, and how those noises send chills up your spine and give you Goosebumps and often make you shiver. All sounds and music can put out an influence on our body temperature and make our body adapt to changes in heat and cold. Transcendent music can flood us with warmth. Loud music with a strong beat can rise our body heat a few degrees, while soft music with a weak beat can lower it. Music does this by influencing blood circulation, pulse rate, breathing, and sweating. (Campbell 71)
Music can regulate stress-related hormones. The level of stress hormones in the blood declines significantly in those listening to relaxing, ambient music report anesthesiologists. Sometimes this music can overcome the need for medication. People with hard stress related jobs often times go to music for relaxation. (Campbell 72)
Music and sound can boost the immune function. Current research in immunology suggests that an insufficient amount oxygen in the blood may be a major cause of immune deficiency. Music comes into this problem simply. Music, can actually oxygenate the cells. “Buddha Gerace, a voice researcher in Lake Montezuma, Arizona, has developed vocal exercises that can increase the lymphatic circulation to as high as three times the normal rate. In fifty years of teaching voice, Gerace has witnessed many remarkable changes, and he credits his exercises with helping actor Henry Fonda boost his immune function and recover from vocal trouble during the Broadway production of Mister Roberts. (Campbell 73)
Music changes our perception of space. Music can do all kinds of wonderful things for us. It's a wonder why most people don't realize that music helps them that much. Some people listen to music all day, all the time, and they just think its music. It does something for them. That's what they say. But more people should fully understand that music might be the reason they haven't been sick in a year, or why they have such a low blood pressure for the way they eat.(Campbell 73)
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Last edit: 7 years 7 months ago by Collins. Reason: Add the epsilom waves
i have never looked into the science of oit all very much but as a few of us have been discussing a lot of us have particular music that we use to help us deal with certain situations- many of us have talked of how our musci collections are a huge variety- mine ranges from classical, to big band, to the stuff of my tens in the 70's right til now- some of it invokes very strong emotions and lets me get stuff of my chet so to speak, while others is relaxing or uplifting etc
some yrs back i bumped into a guy i went to high school with, or least the same time as@ he was part of the cool mob and i certainly was not- he was always more interested in music than school work- i don't think anyone ever expected much from him- the girls liked him because he was real good looking! anyway he came up to me a few months back in a shopping mall and i was surprised he even knew me! bu it seems that something had clicked in him and instead of just doing the rounds of the pubs with his mates in a band, he had gone to teachers college and had focused on music therapy ( whic back then was hardly ever thought of) he commented that many people thought he was still avoiding adult life but he was using music and working with kids with severe disabilities such as autism
its funny, i am the sort of person who likes to understand the nuts an bolts of how things work, and this is interesting but i don't actually need to know as it just seems so basic! i guess i sort of assumed that it is one of the earliest soothing mechanisms we encounter- our mothers heartbeat in utero, lullabies and nursery rhymes, even christmas carols and hymns. the strange thing is the older i get the stronger the effect is and not just to soothe bt to stimulate as well- love y ipod
not sure what examples of delta wave music would be so cannot recommend sources but you tube is a bottomless well of all types of media from the sublime to the rediculous so that would be one source
Funny you should be talking about delta music etc.one of my friends was really into the festival scene a few years back and was telling about some of the Swedish trance and a guy named Shpongle amongst others actually used those sort of frequencies in their psychedelic and goa trance tracks and how kool it was to see people moving and mimicking each others dance moves and having these subliminal type connections on those tracks.very interesting stuff...
With that link I was actually able to pick up an e-book that lists albums of various types of Delta wave music, which is actually better than what I had been hoping for, as now I can search out the specific types that I am looking for instead of just trying various soundtracks on a case by case basis.
I was specifically after several varieties of delta wave music including one for rejuvenating deep sleep (monaural binaural isochronous stuff etc) one for deep meditation and trance and one for relaxation and anti anxiety, I can then use these as appropriate to condition myself better.
Better sleep, better meditation and better relaxtion all sounds fine to me!
I know mozart had a lot of delta and theta wave music which I like a lot, but I wasnt sure of what tracks were what, so with this ebook, I can now decipher the track and waves to select what I need (I tend to like mozart / beethoven as a style it helps me to relax somewhat)
On that point and interestingly, I actually came across some scientific studies not so long ago where plants responded to different styles - plants hate heavy rock music and will die or wilt quickly, whereas they grew vigourously to classical music like beethoven and mozart. I also noticed that a lot of monks listen to waves at 40hz as this is the natural waves given off by the core of the earth and promotes inner tranquility with nature.
alpha wave music is the type of wave that produces emotional responses, which may be beneficial for some but has limited use to me (I dont need to be emotional as it promotes anxiety and illogical response) - having said that it does have its benefits still, as I often like to rock away to some music like AC/DC at various times to give me an adrenalin burst. Alpha wave music often has a fast paced drumbeat with it, so a lot of rock n roll tends to be alpha wave music wheras delta wave has very little drums or the beat is very slow, so delta wave music tends to be a lot of piano style like mozart.
Yep, we are at our basic levels produce the same responses to the same music, taste is somewhat irrelevant in this context. So if we listen to a certain type of music we will react the same and so yes we can communicate and respond by music - the sky is the limit when it come to this - as kebsa pointed out the heartbeat is very soothing to babies in particular, but even more so a mothers heartbeat that is very calm in heartbeat will actually soothe a baby into a happy and calm state.
The last thing we need is to hear the dentist drill at our next dentist appointment! Its most likely we will hear some nature music or mozart to calm us down and make the plants grow healthier