Case Studies


Case Studies


Eight accounts of the beneficial effects of Tuning Forks Healing and the Open Focus Technique.


Case Study #1: Lady in her 80’s with painful arthritis – Tuning Fork Pain Relief

 This case involved a woman in her 80’s who had arthritis in her left knee and leg. I asked her “Where does it hurt the most?” She pointed to a spot just below her left knee cap. I gently tapped the Otto 128 on the base of the palm of my hand then applied the bottom tip of the tuning fork on a point right below her knee. The woman immediately howled with delight. I asked “Can you feel that?” She replied “YES!” as her eyes widened. Then I asked “What do you feel?” She replied “Do more, it feels good!” As I worked my way down her leg with the tuning fork she pointedly said “Do right here” – pointing to her knee cap. Again I tapped the Otto 128 on the base of my palm and applied the bottom tip of the tuning fork directly on her knee cap. Excitedly she exclaimed “My, this makes me feel like pulling my pants leg all the way up!” As I applied the tuning fork to her left foot she shouted “Oh my, that feels so good but I don’t know how that bunion got there….It just grew by itself overnight!” Curious, I asked “So, what is your pain level now?” “Is it less than when I started?” She replied “Yes, I can move my leg and bend my knee and it doesn’t hurt. It’s been so stiff and heavy. This is the first time in a while that I can bend it.”

Case Study #2: Lady in her 40’s with throbbing headache – Tuning Fork Pain Relief

This case involved a woman in her mid-40’s who had an excruciating headache. She reported that the headache hurt in the back, front, and sides of her head but the most intense pain was located right above the bridge of her nose. Using the Otto 64, I applied the vibrating tuning fork on the boney parts of her nose and right above the bridge of her nose on her forehead – the place where she had a “crease.” The pain from her headache began to dissolve when I placed the tip of the tuning fork in the upper corner of her left eye socket. At that point she indicated that her pain was subsiding, so she asked me to do the same with her right eye socket. Once the pain had diminished there, the woman became aware of pain at the back of her skull and neck. After several applications of the tuning fork vibrations to the back of her skull and the vertebrate of her neck, the woman began to move her neck back and forth – testing her range of motion. She reported that she felt better and that her headache was now gone. She thanked me for coming to her aid.


Case Study #3: Vermont College graduate students & faculty – Open Focus Experience

This case involved an experiential immersion presentation of the Open Focus technique to a group of approximately 20 graduate students and faculty at Vermont College in Montpelier, VT. Two (2) twenty minute sets of exercises were performed. At the beginning of each exercise participants were asked to quantify on a scale of 1 to 10 the intensity of their pain or discomfort. On this scale, 10 represented maximum pain and 1 represented no pain. After each exercise, all participants reported that the intensity of their pain or discomfort had diminished. Several participants reported that their pain was reduced by 50% or more or that their pain was gone. The following morning one participant had this to say about her experience: “I want to thank you for your assistance since you saved me. What I mean to say is that before the Open Focus exercise last night I was in so much physical and emotional pain that I was thinking about committing suicide. Last night before your Open Focus exercise, I felt hopeless because of the recent tragic deaths in my family. I had no idea that my pain, thoughts and fears were linked to my tension and stress. My pain is now a -1.”

Case Study #4: Union Institute & University alumni group: – Open Focus Experience

This case involved a brief presentation of the theory behind the Open Focus technique as well as two experiential immersion demonstrations of the Open Focus technique to a group of approximately 15 Union Institute & University alumni and staff in Cincinnati, OH. All except two participants reported reduced stress and pain after the exercises. One person reported no change since they started without pain; the other found the exercises “interesting.” One participant felt the exercises reduced her eye pressure – she was being treated with glaucoma medication – as well increasing her awareness of her eye pressure and the tension in her eye socket and eye muscles. Another participant reported that although his pain was not greatly reduced, instead the exercises made him aware of the various parts of his physical body in a new way. Before the Open Focus exercises, this participant indicated that he was not aware that he could shift his attention between various body regions as well as become aware of the space between and among his body regions. This gentleman indicated that he would continue to explore the possible benefits of becoming more aware of how his body responds to changes in his attention, and how this might affect his mood, performance and overall health.

Case Study #5: California Institute of Integral Studies graduate students, faculty & administrative staff – Tuning Fork Pain Relief

This case involved demonstrating the effectiveness of the Otto 128 tuning fork for pain and stress relief to graduate students, faculty, and administrative staff at a required Intensive during my doctoral program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in Pacifica, CA. As volunteers lined up to experience the healing effects of the Otto 128, I agreed to administer the healing vibrations of the tuning fork with one caveat: participants had to tell me what the vibrations felt like qualitatively—in other words, what was their experience of the Otto 128 vibrations. During the Intensive, I made a brief presentation about how the Otto 128 and Otto 64 tuning forks spike our natural nitric oxide cycles and how this relieves pain and stress, etc. This sparked interest among some of those assembled: they were anxious to see whether the tuning forks could actually reduce their particular pain or stress. Most of the volunteers were female. Typical responses were “Oh, this feels great….I can feel it vibrating all the way down to my fingers and toes….I can now move my neck back and forth without pain…The vibrations on the top of my head and between my eyebrows…Wow, I see colors! What can I say, it’s better than chocolate!”

Case Study # 6: Man in his 50’s with numbness in elbow & fingers – Tuning Fork Pain Relief

This case involved a man in his early 50’s who complained of numbness in his pinkie and ring fingers of his left hand and in his left elbow. The man indicated that he had been told by a neurologist that most likely surgery was his only option for pain relief. First I applied the Otto 128 tuning fork to his entire left hand, wrist and elbow. Then I asked whether or not he could feel the vibrations and if so what was his experience. As he flexed the fingers of his left hand repeatedly, the man said “Yeah, this feels much better. I can feel the vibration as it goes up my arm but my elbow is still numb.” Next, I applied the Otto 64 tuning fork to the same points I had done earlier and the gentleman said “Yep, this vibration is stronger and I feel like I’m getting more out of it.” Then I asked “At what level is your pain and numbness compared to when we started?” The gentleman replied “It’s much better…lower, still numb in my fingers and elbow but both feel better….My pain is just slightly lower but I can move my fingers more easily now with less pain.”

Case Study #7: Self-Report, state of exhaustion – Open Focus Experience

This case involves my self-report during multiple times when I experienced extreme exhaustion. My states of exhaustion and fatigue were due to the fact that I was experiencing time compression because of multiple time pressures in my schedule. Work, unexpected out-of-town travel, Elder care duties, as well as every day hassles such as traffic jams, car break downs, alternate side of the street parking tickets, etc. all contributed to my feeling exceedingly tired and depleted. The benefits I achieved using Open Focus were multiple including a reduction in my neck and lower back pain and the prevention of headache onset whenever I encountered an “intolerable” situation. Loud noises and other annoyances made me grateful that I had Open Focus in my arsenal of stress and pain relief remedies. Regularly using the Open Focus technique whenever I felt extra fatigued gave me the sense of my stress, tension, and anxieties being held in my body as layers of tiredness. As the Open Focus exercises progressed, I felt as if my stress, tension, and anxieties were being revealed and peeled away one layer at a time. I came away from the exercises feeling refreshed and rejuvenated—better able to tolerate the hassles of daily living. In this sense Open Focus represented more than just stress and pain relief—it was a Godsend!

Case Study #8: Self Report, after effects: Mental Clarity – Open Focus Experience

This case involves my self-report when I first realized the Open Focus technique’s capacity to give me mental clarity. While walking from the supermarket loaded down with groceries, I had a sense that my mind was totally clear: for the first time in a very long time, I wasn’t thinking about anything! At that moment of realization I stopped walking and stood still. I wanted to be sure that what I thought I was experiencing was indeed real. Sure enough, not only was I not thinking of anything, my mind was quiet and clear as a bell. As the weight of the groceries I was carrying in both hands came back into my awareness, I began to walk again but was struck by how quiet my mind was—there was no mental chatter or self talk. As I continued to walk down the street, I became aware of details which ordinarily bypassed my attention: the beautiful architecture of the surrounding buildings and the colorful designs of the clothing of passersby. I also had an awareness of my own bodily movement. I was able to pay attention to the way I walked without any effort or strain. This state of mental clarity lasted for several hours after having completed three (3) Open Focus exercises. Alas, it was not a permanent state but I now knew that I could easily achieve mental clarity by using Open Focus through repetition.