Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain with One Fast-Acting Technique

If rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is keeping you from enjoying life, you’re not alone.

Over 1.3 million people in the U.S. suffer from this painful condition. And for many, standard mainstream treatments offer little to no relief.

Of course, this can have a devastating effect on quality of life. In fact, 60 percent of people who fail to adequately treat their RA are too incapacitated to work within 10 years of its onset.

The good news is, researchers have been getting promising results from a surprisingly simple source: sound.

Today I’ll share how you can harness the natural healing power of sound and vibration for fast-acting relief.

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

When most people think of arthritis, the first things that typically come to mind are pain and swelling in the joints.

But RA is much more involved than that.

Essentially, RA is an autoimmune disease where the immune system mistakes healthy cells for invaders (like a virus or harmful bacteria) and launches a defense to attack and destroy them.

These attacks (or “flares”) cause spikes inflammation, which then damages the joint tissue, resulting in painful swelling and stiffness in many of the joints or joint deformities.

Other RA symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Problems with balance
  • Tenderness
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss

Unfortunately, RA can also affect organ tissue, eventually causing major issues with your heart, lungs, and eyes.

Risk factors for RA

Researchers have pinpointed several characteristics that increase the risk for developing RA. They include:

  • Age (Although it can begin at any age, RA usually presents itself in older adults in their 60s.)
  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Sex (For women, the likelihood of developing RA is two to three times higher than men. And women who’ve never given birth are at an even higher risk.)
  • Smoking

Although some of these risk factors can’t be controlled, you can dictate how you treat your disease. And fortunately, as I mentioned earlier, remarkable strides have been made in helping people better treat and manage the condition.

Sound vibration alleviates RA symptoms

Researchers have found that sound vibration acts as a natural painkiller for RA patients.

And, once again, it’s all thanks to the vagus nerve—the longest nerve in your body that starts at the brain, travels around your major organs, and stops at your abdomen.

As I’ve mentioned before, sound vibration can stimulate this nerve’s healing benefits. And research shows these benefits are particularly impressive for RA.

For instance, in a 2019 study, researchers studied a group of 17 RA patients who were resistant to RA medications.

All of the participants were implanted with a small device that stimulated the vagus nerve.

Over a period of 12 weeks, they received 60-second bursts of either sound-based vibration or sham (placebo with no vibration). These bursts were administered two to four times a day.

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The researchers found that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) reduced the amount of cytokine immune cells that set off inflammation by 30 percent. Plus, the participants reported a significant decrease in their RA symptoms.

While this was the first human trial for this particular treatment, these positive results have paved the way for larger studies in the future. Stay tuned right here to Sound Health… I’ll keep you updated on new developments.

In the meantime, you can harness the pain-relieving effects of VNS without a special, implanted device. In fact, you can start right now, from the comfort of your home…

Ease RA pain at home

Every time I teach this technique in one of my workshops, people are surprised at how much better they feel afterward.

Here’s how you too can enjoy immediate pain relief:

  1. Find a comfortable place to relax. Take a moment to notice how you feel and where your pain is.

  2. Place your palms lightly on the sides of your neck and close your eyes.

  3. Take a slow, deep breath in.

  4. Then slowly breathe out while vocalizing the syllable “iymm” (as in “I’m”) for the entire duration of your exhale.

    (You will feel a vibration on your palms. This is your vagus nerve at work!)

  5. Repeat four to eight rounds of breathing in and exhaling “iymm.”

  6. Pause to notice how you feel. Do you feel more relaxed? Has your pain subsided?

  7. Feel free to do another four to eight rounds for an even deeper, more potent effect.

  8. Afterward, take a few quiet moments to just breathe and relax.

Like in the participants in the study, aim to do at least one minute of this exercise, two to four times per day. You can even set a daily alarm on your smartphone to remind you.

As with all forms of exercise, the real benefits come with consistency. Be patient with yourself.

And remember, sometimes the best medicine doesn’t come from a pill—it comes from utilizing the deep healing mechanisms within yourself.

P.S. To learn even more ways VNS can improve your health, check out my Whole Body Sound Healing System. In this online course, you’ll learn over 30 different techniques to ease, strengthen, and improve your body in all sorts of ways. Click here to learn more or to get started right away.


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Kanashiro, A. (2019). From neuroimunomodulation to bioelectronic treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Bioelectronic Medicinel. 1(2): pp. 151 – 165. Retrieved from: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6366640/

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). (2020). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from: cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/rheumatoid-arthritis.html

Vagus Nerve Stimulation. Mayo Clinic Health System. Retrieved from:  mayoclinichealthsystem.org/locations/barron/services-and-treatments/neurology/epilepsy-care/vagus-nerve-stimulation

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Jim Donovan M.Ed., is a professional musician and educator. He's an Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University where he teaches music and how the power of sound can help you experience a healthier life.