Neuropathic e-stim treatments describe a non-invasive, practical approach to chronic pain management using E-Stim (ETPS or Electro-therapy Point Stimulation) applied to trigger, motor and acupressure points.
Developed by our instructor, Practitioner Bruce R. Hocking, ETPS Therapy combines ancient healing philosophies with modern technology in order to manage and control chronic pain. According to E-T-P-S education, E-Stim applies brief, concentrated stimulation to points relating to different therapeutic systems in stages. Through a series of systematic and reproducible protocols, the assessment and treatment of root causes of soft tissue pain can be completed (by opening blocked meridians) with a high degree of accuracy and within minutes.
ETPS Therapy often combines acupuncture and trigger points with radiculopathy, dermatomal therapy, and structural realignment for a completely integrative approach to chronic pain management, making it
the world’s first integrative therapy developed exclusively to fight pain.
ETPS Therapy works on several different physiological principles:
1.) Circulatory response.
Increasing or decreasing of circulation ( called “Chi” in Eastern Therapies) can benefit the patient in the same manner as the application of heat ( vaso dilation) and ice (vaso constriction) would for Western Therapies.
2.) Autonomic/parasympathetic response.
The Autonomic Nervous System covers over 90% of the body, comprised of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. It is the medium for chronic pain. The proper stimulation of parasympathetic “gates” can have a “calming effect” on the body, provided the suffering patient immediate and long lasting relief from pain, anxiety and insomnia.
3. Endorphin response
Endorphins may be released though concentrated low frequency ETPS stimulation. Endorphins are similar to morphine, but are thousands of times stronger and are not harmful to the patient. ETPS stimulation of neural points can excite the pituitary to release endorphins which release ACTH and Hydrocortisols for tissue repair.
4.) Myofascial release.
It is now known that chronic pain has its origins in Neuropathy – or functional alterations of the PNS. Neuropathy is always caused by muscle contracture and radiculopathy is neuropathy at the spinal root.
E-stim treatments THERAPY encompasses 6 essential principles:
1.) Gait and Body mechanics.
Irregular positioning of the hips create structural and mechanical imbalances throughout the body, leading to length discrepancies, asymmetrical movements of the body and degenerative joint changes. Manually correcting this gait prior to pain treatment can substantially reduce ANS and Myofascial tension throughout the body.
2.) Radiculopathy and Neuropathy.
Refers to the impingement of nerves and the reduction in the flow of motor impulses throughout the nerve pathways. Correcting the source of nerve impingement using ETPS therapy can produce long-term benefits to the disease process and the chronic pain cycle.
Acupuncture meridians and key acupuncture points are essential features of ETPS therapy. Integrating acupuncture points into ETPS protocols after treating radiculopathy can provide a strong therapeutic response with many chronic patients.
The integration of dermatomes (nerve pathways) into ETPS protocols brings and objective approached to pain management. Patient’s pain patterns may be correlated with known dermatomes, and then integrated with corresponding trigger and acupressure points.
5.) Scar Therapy
Invasive surgery slices through nerves, meridians, lymphatic, fascia, and circulatory systems. ETPS therapy applied directly surrounding the scar can break up the scar tissue.
6.) Concentrated Microcurrent Stimulation (CMS).
Non-invasively duplicates the “De Chi” of traditional acupuncture therapy, (including nociception, endorphin, histamine and energetic responses), but does so in a fraction of the time. CMS can also relax contracted muscle tissue responsible for the nerve impingement(s) found with radiculopathy and neuropathy. This fast application permits the concurrent treatment and assessment of soft tissue pain, effectively determining root causes and saving time and effort.
E-stim treatments address serious pain management issues in a most comprehensive way.