New research finds that oldest musical instruments can be used to heal
A team of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, has identified a unique type of musical instrument that may have therapeutic benefits for older people who have chronic pain.
The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, reveal a musical instrument in the form of an ornamental metal instrument that uses the human body’s unique natural vibration patterns as its fundamental sound to communicate.
“The discovery of a musical acoustic instrument with the ability to use vibrations in the human brain may help relieve pain in patients with chronic pain and provide a novel avenue for therapeutic use,” said co-author Dr. Amy Siegel, a professor of biomedical engineering and physiology at UC San Francisco.
“The research team identified the musically ornamental musica odontodactylus as a unique musical instrument.”
The researchers found that the musical instrument is a very small, round, oval, triangular or oval shaped plastic that has three different colors and shapes: one of these colors is called a pinkish-white.
It is very difficult to accurately measure how large the object is and it is usually wrapped in a plastic sleeve, which limits its practical usefulness.
But the researchers were able to use computer-generated images to determine the size of the object and then create a model of its sound.
They then used that model to calculate the vibration of the musica and its properties in the body.
The musica has a unique vibration pattern that is uniquely associated with the human voice, which is known to be involved in communication and perception.
Musica odontoideus is also one of the oldest musical instruments in the world, dating back to around 4,000 years ago, according to Siegel.
“What’s really cool about this instrument is that it is made of a natural acoustic material,” Siegel said.
“We know that these ancient animals have been known to make musical instruments, but they were really hard to find and they are now well documented in museums around the world.
This instrument is much easier to find.”
The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health (grants AI096889, AI070878, AI041220, AI060064, and AI067698) and the National Science Foundation (grant AI094825).
More information: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fsjournal.pone.0078679