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Sixteen Clinical Case Studies

by Rev. Richard Sunderlage

Following are sixteen clinical case studies of patients treated with the Infratonic acoustical massager. Some were treated exclusively with the Infratonic, while others were treated with the Infratonic as an adjunct treatment modality.






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Clinical Case Study #1

A 69 year old female with multiple complaints: arthritis in knees, neck, back, nervous legs, colitis, low back pain, hypertension, right rotator cuff, sinus pain and congestion, cataracts, and vocal issues: hoarseness, throat tightness and pain. Her main treatment goals were relieving throat problems and improving eyesight by getting rid of cataracts.

Her treatments included acupuncture, nutritional supplements, and Infratonic. Infratonic was applied over both eyes, throat, CV6, GV2 and GV4. Changes noted after first treatment: Eyesight improved, right shoulder felt better, better digestion and bowel functions. She felt that the Infratonic was effective enough to purchase one to use at home. She reports continued improvement between her normal clinical treatments by treating herself with low frequency sound therapy at home.

Clinical Case Study #2

A 92 year old female complaining of arthritis in left knee, cataract in left eye, bursitis in right shoulder, heart problems, diarrhea and bladder control problems. She really did not like needles, so after the first three treatments, she was treated with the Infratonic only, with Wan Hua oil to use on her knee for additional pain relief. She eventually, after fewer than fifteen treatments, decided to purchase an Infratonic to use at home. The practitioner would make house calls to evaluate her progress. He would do occasional Tui Na treatment and Piezo stim on her knee, but her primary treatment was self treatment with the Infratonic. She has relief from most of her symptoms, with the knee pain her primary remaining complaint. The Infratonic helps that quite effectively, if she uses it daily. The cataract bothers only occasionally. The Infratonic has also been effective in relieving her chest pain and heart palpitations.

Clinical Case Study #3

This is the most remarkable Infratonic story. This 78 year old male had come in for treatments for two conditions: nose dripping when chewing, and left knee pain. He also mentioned his cataract in his left eye. He stated that he had been blind in the right eye for 75 years. At age 3, he jabbed himself in the right eye with his mother's sewing scissors, and has been blind in that eye ever since. He could only see shades of dark and light in that eye; no objects or movement. The Infratonic was placed over both eyes for 30 minutes during his first treatment. It should be noted that no acupuncture treatment was done to his eyes or face. Needles were put into body points, but none in the face, eyes, or head. Only Infratonic treatment was used in the eyes.

Upon getting off the treatment table, he noted that something was different. He could see more clearly with his left eye, but he could also see with his right eye - for the first time in 75 years. His left cataract was not visible with the opthalmascope, as it was before the treatment. He stated that his vision in his left eye was much clearer than before the treatment. With the right eye, he could see images, and count the buttons on someone else's shirt, but could not see in color. He could see in black and white only. After four treatments in a month's time, he could see in color, and could see objects clearly, but could not read with the right eye.

Noted also was that visual examination of the right eye showed the scar from the injury, and the pupil in that eye was canoe shaped. After the first 30 minute Infratonic treatment, the pupil became round and the scar nearly disappeared. After the first four treatments, he stopped coming back because he was mad that he could not read with his right eye; even though he could see out of it for the first time in 75 years. But two months after he stopped coming, he resumed treatments, and is getting more improvement in his vision.

His nasal drainage is better but not completely gone. He is disappointed in the progress there. This remains his primary complaint. His vision has improved substantially, especially when he can see out of his right eye after 75 years of blindness in that eye.

Clinical Case Study #4

This 70 year old male came in for uncontrolled atrial fibrillation, which could not be effectively managed with drug therapy. His secondary complaints were impotence, left sinus congestion, and cataracts in both eyes. After several months of acupuncture, nutrition, and low frequency sound treatments, it was clear that the Infratonic was helping him. Without fail, it would correct his irregular heartbeat within about 15 minutes. He purchased an Infratonic and uses it at home. He showed the practitioner that the Infratonic had erased the surgical scar he had on his abdomen. One had to look really hard to see any trace of this scar, which was markedly visible prior to treating it with the Infratonic.

His impotence problem was getting better and so were the cataracts. He uses the Infratonic at home daily, treating his eyes and heart, and also the lower mu points, CV 6, 4, 3, 2 for his impotence.

Clinical Case Study #5

This 64 year old male patient traveled a long distance to receive treatment to get better eyesight. He was diagnosed with macular degeneration, and could not see well enough to drive. Because he traveled about six hours to get to the practitioner, he stayed in a local motel and came to the clinic for two treatments a day, seven days a week for two weeks at a time. Some of the days, he was treated with the Infratonic only on the eye points, and acupuncture needles for the body points. Within two days (four treatments), he noticed improvement in vision; more clarity, and he could read a little better. He comes for 10 - 15 day course of treatments two or three times a year. He has gotten better eyesight, but not good enough yet to drive again. He has remarked that his vision has not gotten any worse, and he is happy about that.

Clinical Case Study #6 and #7

This 68 year old man and his wife of the same age started coming into the same clinic as the man in the above case study, both of them also for macular degeneration. They traveled with the man in Case Study #5 and received identical treatment for visual problems. About halfway through the first course of treatments, they both noticed some improvement in visual clarity. They eventually bought an Infratonic so they could self-treat at home.

They could both drive, and their vision did not regress, and it did improve, not to where they would like it to be, but the improvement was noticeable. They both reported feeling better all around, with more energy and relief of lesser symptoms of digestive stress and aches and pains.

Clinical Case Study #8

This 78 year old female is being treated for macular degeneration and secondarily shingles. After 14 months of treatments with acupuncture, nutrition, and infrasound, she reports that the shingles are still bothering, sometimes being quite painful, and other times not very painful at all. The least painful times are right after a treatment and the less painful times last for several days.

Her vision has not gotten any worse, and she reports that she has better clarity and a deeper field of vision (distant vision is better) at times, but her better vision gets worse every few days - not worse than it was before beginning treatment, but worse compared to the improved vision.

She is frustrated with not getting better vision consistently, but it should be noted that she does not take her nutritional recommendations seriously. She also does not drink enough water, despite her practitioner's instructions to drink 8 - 10 glasses of water a day. The low frequency sound treatments were applied primarily to the eyes, and only about half as much to the shingle scar area.

Clinical Case Study #9

This 70 year old man advises some marked visual improvement after a year and a half of acupuncture and low frequency sound treatments. He has an Infratonic at home and uses it faithfully every day. His right eye has an unusual eye problem which gives him only a partial field of vision. His left eye has macular degeneration and cataracts. Both conditions in the left eye have improved to the extent that his eye doctor measured a 40% improvement in visual acuity. The improvement appears to have really taken hold after he had his own Infratonic and began to use it for an hour or more each day.

Clinical Case Study #10

A chronic fatigue patient for as long as she can remember this 45 year old female has gotten marked relief through acupuncture, nutritional supplementation, and Infratonic treatments. She, too, has a Infratonic at home and uses it daily. She states that she would not be without her Infratonic. Low frequency sound therapy has pulled her through many a tough day when her energy level bottomed out. She is able to maintain her mental clarity better during bouts with energy loss, and she is able to be up and around more hours a day. She recovers more easily from her episodes of energy loss. Her emotional stability is greater because she knows she has immediate help available with the Infratonic. Over the past year and a half of weekly treatments, her overall condition has improved considerably, and her improvement has been noticed by herself, her family and friends, and her practitioner.

Clinical Case Study #11

This 51 year old cancer patient was diagnosed with multiple tumors. She has been bedfast for eight months. Her doctors held no hope of cure. Their goal was only to make her as comfortable as possible in her last days.

The Infratonic relieved this woman's intense cancer pain, which morphine could not. When constantly applied, the low frequency sound waves of the Infratonic relieved her pain and allowed her to open and close her hands, and use them to feed herself and write, which she had not been able to do for about four months. When the Infratonic was removed from her, the pain slowly returned and her hands cramped again and she was not able to use them. When the Infratonic was returned to her, the pain would go away again and she was be able to use her hands once again.

The low frequency sound therapy was abruptly discontinued after an unfortunate mishap in the nursing home. Quite likely during the process of being bathed and repositioned in her bed (she was a large lady and difficult to move in her present conditions) the IV catheter which entered her left arm and carried the morphine into the vessels near her heart, had become partially dislodged. This went unnoticed by the nursing home staff, and for several days, the morphine was diffusing into the vessels of her left arm and pooling there, instead of reaching the target vessels near the heart. Her arm began to fill with morphine and when this was discovered, she was immediately transported to a hospital 50 miles away to correct the situation. The Infratonic was left behind at the nursing home. She started having seizures and died within a few days.

One of her primary care nurses at the nursing home commented that this lady had lived a lot longer than anyone had expected, and quite possibly, in the nurse's estimation, because of the Infratonic.

Clinical Case Studies #12 and #13

Having read the CHI Newsletter article mentioned in the previous case study, a doctor phoned in an order for an Infratonic to be sent to a relative in another state who was suffering from cancer. He later ordered another machine to be sent to another out-of-state relative who was also a cancer patient.

In the first case, the patient experienced a substantial reduction of pain within the first one to two hours of low frequency sound therapy, and the pain was gone within a day or two. That same patient was soon off all drugs and off oxygen. She did have to be hospitalized after catching pneumonia a few days later, and her doctor ordered the Infratonic to be brought to her hospital room because it had been helping her so much.

In the second case, information received stated that the patient was experiencing much pain relief from using the Infratonic, and that her overall condition appeared to be improving.

Clinical Case Study #14

An 87 year old female patient with macular degeneration feared she would soon lose her eyesight completely. Her doctor said that nothing more could be done. She treated her own eyes with the Infratonic for several hours a day. She noticed a marked improvement in visual clarity and acuity within the first day of treatment.

She has days where her vision gets worse, but not worse than before beginning treatment. They get worse - less clear and the appearance of some floaters - in relationship with the improvement she has noticed. Her eyes have not gotten any worse than they were before beginning low frequency sound therapy. When her condition seemed to plateau, the practitioner made recommendations of Bilberry supplements.

The practitioner loans her an Infratonic for several weeks at a time. She advises that during her times without the machine, her vision is at its lowest ebb. It improves once she starts using the machine again. This may be a case of being able to stop, retard, or limit the furtherance of disease, but not being able to reverse it, due to the patient's age and condition.

Clinical Case Study #15

This 90 year old lady was treated exclusively with the Infratonic for pain and stiffness in both her hands. She also complained of cracking of the skin in the form of paper cut-like cracks in her fingertips. She self treated with the Infratonic, applying the sound waves to the painful areas, to the elbow when in a flexed position, and to the heel of the hand with the hand and fingers drawn up. She did the same treatment on both right and left hands and elbows.

The practitioner did not treat her with the Infratonic. He simply dropped off an Infratonic at her house for her to use and dropped in weekly to reassess her condition and make further recommendations. At these times, the practitioner did some light Tui Na on her hands and arms, which gave her some further relief. The patient credits the Infratonic with bringing about the improvement. She could tell the difference even as the Infratonic was being applied.

After several hours of using the Infratonic on the first day, she advised marked improvement: she was able to open and close both fists, the left better than the right, due to a broken finger in the right hand years ago, which did not heal quite straight. She had not been able to close her fists for probably a year or more, and had gotten progressively worse in the three months prior. She also noted that her pain was gone after a week of using the Infratonic for between two and three hours daily.

She is well satisfied with her improvements. The only part of her condition that did not improve a lot was the cracks in her fingertips. This part of her condition did get noticeably better with the Infratonic treatment, but was not totally healed. The practitioner put her on some nutritional supplements and topical oils for the skin condition. At the time of this writing, the supplements and oils were helping the skin condition, the pain had not returned, and she was still able to open and close her hands easily.

In the next case study, low frequency sound was the only modality used, with all treatments being done through the patient's eyes.

Clinical Case Study #16

This 62 year old female sought treatment for nervous tension and headaches, with occasional low back pain. The practitioner decided to treat with low frequency sound only, directing the sound waves through the patient's eyes. No other treatment modality would be used, and the sound waves would be directed only through the eyes.

The assumption behind this is: the eyes tell the organs how to respond to exterior conditions. If diagnosis can be done through the eyes, then treatment should be able to be done through the eyes. If chiropractic works by adjusting the spine to produce changes throughout the body, then why cannot the eyes, which contain nerves which supply the spine, and hence, the rest of the body, be the target of treatment? The only totally safe method of treating through the eyes, other than color therapy, would be low frequency sound.

The treatment worked. The patient noticed relief of all symptoms during the first treatment. She received a total of four treatments, coming back when the symptoms recurred. Her headaches, nervous tension, and low back pain have not returned since the fourth low frequency sound treatment.