Pain Neutralisation Technique

Why use PNT?     Published Results,     How does PNT work?     What are Trigger Points?     Will it Hurt?

Why use PNT?

Pain Neutralisation Technique is an incredibly powerful, breakthrough new therapy for the treatment of chronic pain and acute pain and may help with fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, back pain, chronic fatigue etc. It was developed in the USA by a chiropractor Dr Steven Kaufman and uses simple neurological reflexes to treat trigger points and reduce pain.

Published Results

Dr Jonathan Wright, M.D., a Harvard graduate, and author of 14 nutritional classics, selling over 1.5 million copies, is one of the leading medical doctors in the alternative medicine field. Recently, with all of the excitement around Kaufman’s PNT technique he sent one of his Physicians, a surgeon called Dr Gaston to learn Kaufman’s Technique. Here is a summary of the results that the medical doctor observed using PNT that was published in June 2013 Nutrition & Healing Journal Vol.20 Issue 3. We use quotation marks for excerpts taken from the published report.

“When Dr. Gaston came back from Dr. Kaufman’s seminar, he decided to keep very careful track of the first forty chronic pain patients he used the technique on at the Tahoma Clinic, so that he’d be able to answer questions about what range of responses might be expected from the application of PNT. Before and immediately after treatment, everyone was asked to score their chronic pain on a scale of one to ten, with “one” being a very mild pain, and “ten” being the worst pain imaginable. 100 percent of those treated experienced some pain relief. “Eight of the first group of forty (20 percent) had complete elimination of their pain with one treatment. Another eight (20 percent) had at least a five point reduction in their perceived pain score. “After their first treatment, sixteen individuals (40 percent) with “before treatment” pain scores of five or higher reported pain scores of zero or one. 
“Those who had partial relief with just one treatment returned for more, hoping for further pain relief, and haven’t been disappointed. When this was written, the “complete relief” with several treatments score was up to twenty- three of forty (57.5 percent), and the others were improving with further treatment, but not yet totally pain-free.”

How Does PNT work? 

PNT is based on engaging natural neurological reflexes such as the ‘Clasp Knife Reflex’ (also known as the Golgi tendon Organ Reflex). This is a protective reflex the body uses to protect our muscles from injury. The technique intentionally triggers this reflex in the muscle where a tender trigger point is present. When stimulated it causes a reflex action and the tense band of muscles immediately relax and lose tenderness when pressed.

What are Trigger Points? 

Trigger points are tight bands and/or contraction knots found within the muscles of our body.  They are often very sensitive and painful when pressed.  Trigger points are often responsible for, or may, worsen many painful conditions such as headaches and migraines, lower back pain and sciatica. For example patients suffering from Migranes often have trigger points in upper trapezius muscles, those with Sciatica often have trigger points in Piriformis and those with lower back pain often have trigger points in the quadratus lumborum.

Will it hurt?

PNT is very different from other methods of treating trigger points, as it does not use mechanical force for treatment.  Most trigger point treatments (eg. Myofascial Release, Ischemic compression and strain counterstrain) use considerable force to treat the trigger point which can often cause a great deal of discomfort and pain. 

PNT uses gentle tissue manipulation to switch off pain.  PNT gently uses specific stimulation, accurate positioning and light pressure, by hand, to activate a neurological reflex which stimulates the muscles to relax and the tenderness of the trigger point is relieved and the range of movement increases.  Many patients are astounded with the results that such a low pressure can give in a short space of time.