Most pain involves tight, tense muscles and surrounding tissues in the painful area.
There are two reasons for this. One is due to injuries. The body responds to injury by ‘splinting’ the injured area to reduce further injury. So whenever there are injuries, the surrounding area will tend to get tense and the muscles tight.
If this goes on a long time, it becomes a kind of habit, leading to poor posture and chronic pain.
The other reason we experience chronic pain is that in modern times we tend to spend a large amount of time in un-natural positions. Activities like driving, watching TV and computer work cause us to lose track of holding our bodies in a natural way. When this goes on long enough, our physical structure changes and pain is one result.
There are any number of ways to help relieve chronic pain and its associated tension. Massage, stretching, yoga, qigong and acupuncture are all effective to one degree or another.
But there is a new technique related to acupuncture that shows dramatic improvements almost instantly. Tight, tense muscles and support tissues relax almost instantly. It feels as though the tension melts away.
The technique is called Microcurrent Positional Tuina (MPT). It’s the brainchild of Dr. Malvin Finkelstein, L.Ac. He’s combined approaches from osteopathy, electro-acupuncture and the Oriental massage technique called tuina. When applied together, the results can be very rapid and dramatic.
Here’s how it works:
First we identify the tender areas in the vicinity of the pain. Often these are specific spots along muscles and in the area of acupuncture points. They feel tight and tender to the touch.
Then we look for similarly tight spots in surrounding areas that are related to the location of the pain. For example, if there is neck pain, there may be tension in specific shoulder points.
Once we recognize the most affected areas, we apply the treatment.
Since different parts of that body have multiple layers of muscles and connective tissue, we position the body in specific ways to open the area for more effective treatment. This is the “Positional” part of the name of the technique.
Then we apply gentle pressure to the specific points we’ve located while at the same time using a hand-held microcurrent device on the area.
The result is pretty amazing. The gentle pressure (tuina) helps stretch the muscles, while the microcurrent causes them to relax. It feels like the tension is melting away. And it only takes seconds to experience this.
Here’s a YouTube video made by Dr. Finkelstein showing this technique:
As you can see, the improvement is quite noticeable and very quick.
If you have chronic pain – neck, shoulder, back, low back or joint pain, as well as headaches or migraines, MPT can offer quick, effective relief. Please call the office at (775) 827-6901 if you would like more information or to schedule an appointment. You can also contact me by email by clicking here.