Pain Neutralization Technique (PNT) ---- A new and effective method of pain therapy

Pain Neutralization Technique (PNT) is a non-pharmacological, non-invasive technique for pain neutralization developed by Dr. Steven Kaufman, DC, LAc. The technique involves gentle tissue manipulation to “turn off” basic neurological reflexes that perpetuate trigger points and muscle pain, and is proving to be particularly effective in the treatment of chronic pain. No drugs, no prescription medications, no devices, and no expensive products—just light, therapeutic pressure!

The technique is based on a reflex that occurs when the therapist stretches Golgi Tendon Organs within tendons and other fascia, which is a defensive action protecting our muscles and other soft tissue and joints from injury. PNT gently uses a specific stimulation, accurate positioning, and light pressure by hand to activate the golgi tendon organ reflex. The stimulated muscle relaxes and tenderness of the trigger point is relieved. This can resolve long term symptoms that were exacerbated by that trigger point.

What Makes PNT Different from Other Muscle-Relief Techniques—Such as Massage Therapy and Acupuncture?
These other therapies involve massaging or placing pressure on actual “muscle trigger points”. While such methods may bring temporary relief. They seldom get rid of the pain altogether. PNT, on the other hand, places pressure not on the actual muscle trigger point, but on the neurological reflex that corresponds to the point.

PNT is based on a carefully chosen series of gentle maneuvers of the body’s exterior soft tissues, which can literally “turn off” pain signals to any given area of the body. Pain Neutralization Technique uses minimal force during treatment; it is quite different from other procedures for treating trigger points. Only light pressure with the finger tips is used during the manuever. Dr. Kaufman discovered that by applying various pressures with his hands to certain key points on the surface of the body he could relieve all kinds of chronic pain from the mild to severe.

What are trigger points? Trigger points are tiny knots that develop in a muscle when it is overworked or injured. The knots are tight bands of muscle or contraction knots in the muscle tissue. They often feel like nodules and are painful when pressed. PNT can be therapeutic for these conditions, and more:

• Cervical and lumbar disc syndrome
• Frozen Shoulder / Adhesive Capsulitis
• Golfer’s Elbow
• Groin Strain
• Golfer’s Elbow
• Hip Flexor / Psoas Tendinitis
• Hip Pain
• Iliotibial Band Syndrome
• Jaw pain (TMJ)
• Knee Sprains / Pain
• Low back pain
• Neck Pain
• Patellar Tendinitis
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Post surgical and non pathological abdominal pain
• Rotator Cuff Strains
• Sciatica
• Tennis Elbow
• Tension Headaches / Migraines
• TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)
• Whiplash

Dr. Knudsen has expertise in treating painful and debilitating conditions throughout the body.  Depending on your condition, your personal program may include this method of treatment.

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