Microcurrent Point Stimulation
Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS) falls within the realm of electrical therapy, utilizing direct current basically to deal with disuse atrophy and its effects. It is at the forefront of healing therapy, addressing pain and inflammation interconnectedly in muscles and tissues throughout the body. The first phase of Dr. Pilar’s MPS treatments combines the principles of acutherapy with direct current electric stimulation at extremely low-frequency levels.
It pinpoints and treats the triggers that cause debilitating muscle contractions and painful symptoms along with disuse atrophy that eventually occurs. MPS is a procedure that is painless and extremely safe, and it can be defined as the strict delivery of pin-point “direct current” that reverses inflammation by re-polarizing tissue spastic muscle. Conversely, the “alternating current” most commonly found in Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (TENS) or E-STIM units, has no lasting effect aside from the momentary relief of pain. They rely on electric nerve stimulation but do not have the long lasting healing impact of MPS.
Direct current continuously flows in one direction only with virtually no change in magnitude. Alternating current, on the other hand, reverses direction regularly at intervals.
Dr. Pilar has perfected the MPS direct current delivery system with over 10 years of MPS experience and was the first MPS practitioner in the tri-state area. He continues to lead in all aspects of microcurrent point stimulation.
Here’s how MPS treatments work…
Every MPS treatments session starts with an evaluation that is known as an overall structural/mechanical body analysis. The purpose before any treatment begins is to detect any areas of nerve impingement, trigger point locations and acupuncture sites. The path to pain relief is made possible by integrating all these sites into protocols or treatment plans that will diminish the impingement and relieve the pain.
As for the “trigger point,” this refers to a nodule or knot in the muscle that is extremely sensitive to a stimulus and is inordinately painful when compressed. This may result in characteristic referred pain elsewhere in the body. This is a pain in a part of the body that is a distance from another part, which would be the site of injury or pathology. An example may be a headache whose origin is in the jaw, as in TMD cases.
The “primary trigger point,” as its name implies, is the original trigger point location which actually redirects pain to other points of the body, which are known as “satellite trigger points.” These points, in turn, can also relay pain to other areas.
These satellite trigger, interestingly enough, may actually become primary trigger points if not treated in a timely manner. But worst of all, if not addressed over a prolonged period of time the trigger points sometimes sit deep within the muscle, lying dormant at times and ready to erupt when least expected. Under trigger point conditions, these affected muscles have been negatively nurtured and, if the trigger point presence continues over time without treatment, it becomes increasingly difficult to treat and re-educate the muscles so they will revert to normal condition.
Dr. Mike Pilar, Specialist and Pioneer in Microcurrent Point Stimulation Treatments (MPS) in NJ & NY;
Call (917) 414-8355