Microcurrent Point Stimulation
(Integrative Pain Management Techniques)
What is MPS?
Microcurrent point stimulation is the application of brief, concentrated DC microcurrent impulses to speciﬁc treatment points to relax muscles, calm the nervous system and release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. When MPS is applied to unique acupuncture and myofascial trigger points (MPTs) it is called MPS (microcurrent point stimulation) therapy. Stimulating all three systems — nervous, muscular and endocrine — makes MPS therapy effective for treating many chronic and acute soft-tissue pain conditions.
MPS vs. TENS
There are two general types of electric current: the back-and-forth ﬂow of alternating current (AC), which powers most of our household appliances, and direct current (DC), which ﬂows in one direction. While TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) devices utilize alternating current, MPS therapy uses direct current, mirroring the current (or electron ﬂow) of the human nervous system. Unlike TENS devices, MPS uses a noninvasive, metal tip, not pads, to apply low-amperage stimulation current directly to the skin, providing precise pain therapy.
SCAR RELEASE THERAPY
Scar tissue, depending on the location, may cause pain throughout the body. What many people don’t realize is the physiological impact that scars can have on their bodies — whether its a minor scar earned by falling off a tricycle at age four, a high-school football injury, or a C-section scar sustained during the birth of a child. While not every scar presents a problem, many do. If your body doesn’t breakdown scar tissue completely, it will often spread — triggering your body to compensate. Any kink, pull or restriction in one area can affect everything else. If your movements are restricted, your muscles will be forced to work harder. If your nerves are trapped, your circulation can be restricted — and so on. The reason for this is because you’re essentially held together by one huge single sheet of connective tissue, or fascia. This fascia wraps around your entire body like an intricate spider web and influences the way you function — from your muscles and your bones, to your organs, nerves, veins and arteries.
Scar Release Therapy (SRT) is a technique used to release scars where MPS is applied bi-laterally to the entire length of a scar and then connected to key acupuncture points for localized cellular release and electrical re-connection of the body. This technique is especially effective in treating scars and adhesions deep inside us. This scar release also releases fascia and muscles which may be adversely influenced by the scar. Releasing scars which "cut" or "severe" meridians and nerve pathways (dermatomes) can often be the single most important factor in the treatment of chronic pain & many women's health issues. In many cases, the outcomes are immediate and long-lasting. The location of the scar is also important. SRT is based on the theory that scars and adhesions can adversely affect the structural and fascial systems, sensitize the nervous system, and cause chronic pain throughout the body.
How Scars Negatively Influence Your Body:
• Scars create internal adhesions inside the body. Adhesions acts as internal strait jackets, reducing muscle and organ performance and produce pain.
• Scars injure fascia causing restrictions and structural imbalances
• Scars block blood circulation & energetic flows through the meridian system, producing energy and circulation stagnation in the extremities.
• Scars cause Chronic Pain throughout the body.
• The above restrictions and blockages adversely affect the body in many ways, but the biggest influence is on pain. Fortunately, releasing the scar using MPS can yield powerful pain relieving outcomes results, which can improve mobility, diminish complications and decrease pain often found far removed from the scar site!
• Scars are a result of the body’s remarkable power to heal itself. Scars develop after the deeper layer of skin, the dermis, is damaged. New collagen fibers are laid down at the site of the wound to repair the tissue. These fibers grow in random and unorganized patterns, forming adhesions underneath the scar itself. Adhesions can form deep within the body, attaching to muscles, bones, tendons, and organs.
• Scars cause emotional trauma. The emotions that surround traumatic accidents, injuries, and surgeries can get trapped and locked into the cellular memory of tissue, causing post-traumatic stress (PTSD). SRT permits the “letting go” or release of emotional trauma stored inside the scar tissue.
SRT has often been called “needleless neural therapy.” It forces electrons through the thickened scar, stimulating lymphatic drainage and softening the scar and surrounding tissues. The newly released scar is much softer and pliable, with visibly improved blood circulation and diminished appearance. This produces a significant “calming” effect and reduces pain and muscle spasms in patients.
Benefits of scar-tissue release therapy:
•Lessens the appearance of scars •Helps to prevent and reduce adhesions forming after injury or surgery •Restore nerve function including numbness, pain and sensitivity •Reduce pain and restriction (including cording and dragging) •Helps to relieve stress on the body from fascial tension •Improves flexibility •Reduces muscle spasms •Promotes balance in the body •Helps maintain good posture •Improves athletic performance •Reduces the risk of muscle tears and strains •Improves the flow of oxygen and nutrients through the body •Helps regain and maintain a full range of joint movement •Stimulates lymph circulation •Reduces the possibility of long-term problems due to fascial adhesions
MPS is available with Rashael Stasney, LMT. Please note that all sessions are a minimum of 60 minutes and may also include soft tissue manipulations in addition to MPS (depending on the assessment). For additional information or to schedule a session please feel free to call us!