One of the primary reasons for using weighted tuning forks is for the relief of physical pain. With tuning forks such as the Otto 128, the procedure is essentially to place to the tuning fork on or around the area where you are feeling pain. This promotes the release of nitric oxide which helps to reduce inflammation. For general body work, you can put the weighted tuning fork anywhere. For chiropractors, acupuncturists and those wanting a more formal procedure, there is a procedure to relieve Visceral and Somatic Pain.
Somatic pain is musculoskeletal pain. It occurs in the skin, muscles, joints, bones and ligaments. It is a sharp pain in the area where there has been an injury. There may be inflammation, cramping or bleeding.
Visceral pain occurs due to injury or illness to an organ such as liver or kidney. The three main centers for visceral pain are the thorax (chest), abdomen and pelvis.
Dr. Jeff Kintish, a chiropractor in Beverly Massachusetts has developed a series of charts which can be used as a guide for relieving somatic and visceral pain. There are two charts, a front and back view of the body. The front view identifies the organs and where pain will typically be felt if these organs are imbalanced or injured. The back view also identifies organs and the areas where pain is felt but it goes further by also showing where on the spine (and therefore nerve groups) these organs are connected to. More on that in a moment.
To begin, interview your client or do a self evaluation then refer to these charts to get an idea as to which organ(s) is imbalanced. For example, pain in the upper shoulders and arms may indicate imbalance in the lungs. You can then using your weighted tuning forks on the areas indicated on the charts. Be sure to work on both sides of the body. My recommendation is to use the Otto 128 or Om 136.1 tuning fork.
We have nerve groups running down our spine. At each vertebra the nerves extend out to our organs. Using the back view chart you will know which points on the spine are connected to specific organs. For example, if you are working with the lungs you'll not only know to place your tuning forks on the shoulders and mid back but also where on the spine to place your tuning fork (see the previous post, Weighted Tuning Forks - Working with the Spine for more information on working with the spine and which tuning forks to use).
The Visceral and Somatic Pain charts are a really good guide for working with sound therapy and vibration. They can be purchased at ClinicalCharts.com.