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  • CT More than a feeling: Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is characterized by reliable changes in affect and physiology

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0621101334.htm Abstract

    Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) describes the experience of tingling sensations in the crown of the head, in response to a range of audio-visual triggers such as whispering, tapping, and hand movements. Public interest in ASMR has risen dramatically and ASMR experiencers watch ASMR videos to promote relaxation and sleep. Unlike ostensibly similar emotional experiences such as “aesthetic chills” from music and awe-inspiring scenarios, the psychological basis of ASMR has not yet been established. We present two studies (one large-scale online experiment; one laboratory study) that test the emotional and physiological correlates of the ASMR response. Both studies showed that watching ASMR videos increased pleasant affect only in people who experienced ASMR. Study 2 showed that ASMR was associated with reduced heart rate and increased skin conductance levels. Findings indicate that ASMR is a reliable and physiologically-rooted experience that may have therapeutic benefits for mental and physical health.
    There are YouTube videos on this. Scratching, whispering, clicking sounds can induce it, as can touch. I have thought for some years now that manual therapy addicts are looking for sensation and have been reluctant to provide it. Many of my patients now go to other manual therapists for the feel good factor. The reason I don't want to provide it myself, is that I am not convinced that it moves them on, it can become a trap. I still use my hands to cue relaxation, but only to prove to patients that it is possible, I don't let them lie there for half an hour as though they were in the bath tub, I don't think that is what we are for. Others may disagree. I would like to read counter arguments, if there are any out there.
    Jo Bowyer
    Chartered Physiotherapist Registered Osteopath.
    "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,there is a field. I'll meet you there." Rumi

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    Jo, those videos make me twitch (tho my daughter finds them relaxing). I'd rather just plug my vagus nerve stimulator into my ear and downregulate my brainstem from the inside out. There's bliss for ya.

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      Hi Cathy,

      The videos make me feel cognitively uncomfortable, because they work on me and I can so easily see why people like them. I find that some of the osteopathic head holding techniques put people into a very relaxed state, although this is often preceeded by chills and tingling starting in the head and neck and spreading through the body. It is a useful tool to get people engaged so long as they are prepared to move and load afterwards. The problem is that some people would prefer to stay where they are and continue believing that they need to carry on "having treatment" rather than getting on with getting themselves fit for purpose.
      Last edited by Jo Bowyer; 23-06-2018, 04:28 PM.
      Jo Bowyer
      Chartered Physiotherapist Registered Osteopath.
      "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,there is a field. I'll meet you there." Rumi

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        Mental health: ASMR videos could be a new digital therapy

        https://theconversation.com/mental-h...ital%20therapy

        The popularity of ASMR videos may be due to their potential health benefits. Aside from being a pleasant sensation, many people who watch ASMR videos say it helps reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and insomnia. The thriving ASMR reddit contains testimonies of people who are thrilled that they can consistently trigger the sensation and its associated benefits by watching ASMR videos when they feel stressed.

        Our recent research suggests that these claims are plausible. In a controlled experiment, in which people who experience ASMR watched these videos, they reported feeling much calmer and their heart rates slowed.

        The effect was comparable to that found in mindfulness exercises which psychologists recommend, such as interventions in which patients are encouraged to accept emotions rather than suppress them. Survey research suggests that the most common motivation for watching ASMR videos is for the mental health benefit of aiding sleep and reducing stress.

        However, one of the obstacles to ASMR as a therapeutic tool is the differing extent to which people experience ASMR. Some people do not experience it at all, and others may only experience it in response to certain triggers, or in certain situations. More research is needed to find out under which conditions ASMR is strongest and most reliable.

        At the moment, there is a lack of scientific research explaining the origins of ASMR, although there have been interesting suggestions for possible avenues to explore. Could ASMR be something like the opposite of misophonia, a condition that makes people experience negative reactions to lip smacking, eating or slurping sounds?

        Alternatively, feeling a tingling sensation from triggering ASMR sounds could be related to synaesthesia – the ability of some people to experience stimuli in multiple ways, such as associating certain sounds with visual colour.

        Despite the popularity of ASMR, the scientific community is only just beginning to recognise it as a worthy phenomenon to study. There is much that we don’t know about ASMR, but our early findings suggest it could be an effective tool for people who experience it to reduce stress in the digital age.
        I suspect that many of those who like cranial osteopathy are experiencing ASMR. I also suspect that my voice has this effect. I am now better placed to explain this to patients who report these effects during treatment.
        Jo Bowyer
        Chartered Physiotherapist Registered Osteopath.
        "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,there is a field. I'll meet you there." Rumi

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        • #5
          ASMR Videos Could Be a New Digital Therapy For Depression

          https://neurosciencenews.com/depress...-therapy-9757/
          Jo Bowyer
          Chartered Physiotherapist Registered Osteopath.
          "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,there is a field. I'll meet you there." Rumi

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          • #6
            Expectancy effects in the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response

            https://peerj.com/articles/5229.pdf
            Jo Bowyer
            Chartered Physiotherapist Registered Osteopath.
            "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,there is a field. I'll meet you there." Rumi

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