Points Frequently Cause Pain
Areas of reduced circulation in muscles are called trigger points. They
are painful when pressed.1-7 They cause or aggravate many types of pain
low back pain, sciatica,2,3,17 headache,1 migraine,1 TMJ syndrome,15 neck pain,7
ileotibial band syndrome,7 frozen shoulder,18 some forms of unexplained abdominal
pain,10,19 post-surgical pain,20 chronic pelvic pain,21 etc. Cervical and lumbar
disc syndrome pain is often caused or aggravated by myofascial trigger points.2,3,13 For
our purposes, we call any area a trigger point in muscle, tendon, ligament,
or bony prominence that is excessively tender to pressure when compared to
the surrounding tissues. This is a much broader use of the term "trigger point" than
Several years ago, I lifted a dumbbell over my head during a workout. The weight
was too heavy for me, and my triceps gave out; the dumbbell and my arm plummeted
towards the table. By using more weight than I could handle, I had triggered
the clasp knife reflex (a.k.a., the Golgi Tendon Organ [GTO] reflex8,9),
inhibiting the triceps and making my arm drop. I had neurologically inhibited
and the dumbbell fell like a… steel weight! If I could discover a way
to turn muscles off like this on purpose, I might be able to turn off trigger
and muscular pain as well.
Here's the Big Idea
When my arm collapsed during my workout, I deduced that I'd accidentally
discovered how to trigger an inhibitory reflex in my triceps. If I could do
that at will on a muscle that had a trigger point, I might be able to eliminate
the trigger point.
The GTO Reflex
The GTO reflex protects muscles; it can also be used to turn off a trigger
point neurologically, in seconds. When the tension along a muscle becomes
too great, the muscle relaxes.8,9 It "lets go." This is a defensive
mechanism in that if you pick up too heavy a weight, the motion doesn't
tear your arm muscle. It has several names: the inverse myotatic reflex,
the clasp knife reflex, or the GTO reflex.8 I reasoned that if I applied
a specific force to a muscle with a trigger point, the activation of the
GTO/clasp knife reflex would cause a tender trigger point to immediately
become less tender when pressed. This might relieve chronic symptoms due
to that trigger point. I eventually found a number of reflexes that consistently
turn off palpatory pain.
Patients were more excited than I was. They were delighted! Many of those treated
were doctors at seminars around the country; their shock and delight at the
improvement of chronic pain was recorded on video and is available.
Why Painful Trigger Points Should Not Be Treated Repeatedly, but Eliminated,
Using Light Pressure on Targeted Neuromuscular Reflexes
If the correct reflex for a trigger point is initiated, within seconds,
the point will no longer be painful when pressed. Often, the patient's
symptom associated with that trigger point will clear up as well. Sometimes,
will improve immediately; sometimes, it will resolve after several treatments.
Pain Neutralization Technique™ (PNT) is completely different from previous
methods for treating trigger points, e.g., ischemic compression, myofascial
release, massage, strain counterstrain, etc. In fact, the aim here is not even
to treat a trigger point at all but to eliminate it. PNT does not use mechanical
force to treat trigger points, as do other methods, but uses neurological reflexes
to turn them off. If the reflex is correct for the involved point, that point
will not be tender within a few seconds. The pain will be gone. Patients are
consistently amazed that tender areas are immediately pain-free. The techniques
are so simple that they're taught on video.
The Three Types of Pain
There are three types of pain:
- Palpatory pain are areas, often in muscle bellies, that
are excessively tender when pressed. They're usually a few inches
away from the
area of complaint. Many or most tender areas will respond instantly
to the proper PNT reflex.
- Pain on movement occurs when the patient
moves the hurt muscle, joint, neck, etc. Many times, pain on movement
is caused by trigger
points and will resolve when the trigger points are eliminated.
pain is the pain the patient is aware of, the pain that brings
the patient into your office: the headache, the low
back, or joint pain, etc. This is the symptom.
Doctors Report Seeing Trigger Points Disappear Immediately Using Pain
Many doctors, including Don Gay, DC, of Florence, Colorado; Dean Odmark, DC,
of San Antonio, Texas; and James Taylor, DC, of Connifer, Colorado have reported
that they can easily feel the tenderness and tension of trigger points disappear
under their fingers when applying the PNT reflexes! In fact, at a demonstration
for a state Chiropractic Association, 95% of the 150 doctors present reported
feeling a trigger point diminish or disappear within seconds when taught the
beginning PNT technique.
Some Commonly Overlooked Activities That Cause Trigger Points to Recur
In my experience, the majority of trigger points will improve after
each treatment and be undetectable after three to five visits.
Even though most trigger
points will respond, occasionally, a patient's symptoms don't
completely improve. Not all pain is due to trigger points; eliminating
the trigger point will often, but not always, eliminate the symptom.
do things that perpetuate their trigger points, such as the following:
- snapping their own necks
- sleeping face down
- falling asleep when sitting and watching TV
(their head drops and overstretches their neck)
- holding a cell
phone between their ear and their shoulder
These activities need to be stopped. Sometimes just getting a patient
to stop cracking his own neck or back often results in marked clinical
DC Shocks MDs as Pain Neutralization Technique Erases Severe Long-Term
Pain in Seconds on One Doctor After Another
In March, 2006, I demonstrated the Pain Neutralization Techniques
to a group of skeptical MDs at the International College of Integrative
Let me tell you I was nervous! Imagine, a chiropractor showing his techniques
to a group of highly trained MDs. Robert Rowen, MD, editor of the Second
Opinion newsletter, was present. This is what he wrote:16
Here is a miracle I wouldn't have believed
if I wasn't there to witness it. A previously unknown chiropractor
spoke about his technique for
instantly relieving painful trigger points. What medical doctor would believe
such claims from a chiropractor? I listened with curiosity and healthy
skepticism. Then he performed his technique on many of my esteemed
some very famous ones. The majority got immediate relief, even with very
long-term chronic problems. It was absolutely incredible!16 [A copy of
this unusual article
is available on request.]
One of the physicians at the ICIM
meeting was a pioneer in alternative medicine and chelation therapy.
He wrote, "I've had continuous
back pain since fracturing the transverse process of L1-2-3-4 in 1974.
After PNT, the pain was completely gone in a few seconds. It's
still gone." Another physician wrote, "the mechanism of
PNT made sense to me, but experiencing the treatment was almost startling.
I had burning C6-7 pain for three to four months that resolved in seconds,
without pressure or coaxing."
Kirby Hotchner, DO, of Miami, Florida, commented, "I've been an
associate professor for 15 years at two different Osteopathic medical schools.
I've never seen any technique do what these techniques can do…every
patient has had an increase in ROM." Kerry Randa, DC, of Loveland, Colorado,
said, "It's so much fun to see the look on people's faces
when you shut down a major pain (with PNT). I've had almost too many
cases to list. I'd been unable to abduct my own shoulder beyond 90° for
40 years. With one treatment at the seminar, I got full abduction back, to
160 degrees!" John Hinz, licensed acupuncturist, of Waukesha, Wisconsin,
wrote, "I relieved over 15 headaches in a row, using PNT."
Many hundreds of DCs, acupuncturists, MDs, DOs. and body workers have now learned
Pain Neutralization Technique on video. Many of these doctors have had instant
improvement and elimination of chronic symptoms when trigger points have been
erased, including long-standing cervical and lumbar disc problems, frozen shoulders,
severe TMJ dysfunction, migraines, unexplained abdominal pain, etc.
©2007 Stephen Kaufman, DC
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