There are more than 76 million Americans today suffering some type of pain, including acute and chronic myofascial pain. Finding effective pain relief in the treatment for myofascial pain has been the quest of scientists and health care practitioners for years. Fortunately, new discoveries and new techniques are helping to revolutionize the care and treatment of the pain of fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain. One of the new techniques is the unique eToims Technique.
What is the eToims Technique?
eToims® stands for Electrical Twitch-Obtaining Intramuscular Stimulation. Developed by Jennifer Chu, MD, associate professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Director of the Penn Soft Tissue Comfort Center, eToims® is automated deep tissue electrical medical acupuncture. Acupuncture is currently an accepted treatment for myofascial pain syndrome.
However, unlike acupuncture which follows along the body’s energy lines, eToims® was originally delivered by a needle electrode between and within the muscles. The needle electrode sends the electrical pulse to the meeting point of the nerve and muscle, known as the trigger points.
Today, the technique has been refined and the needle electrode is no longer need. The eToims Technique is now non-invasive and uses non-invasive surface electrical testing. eToims® is a very effective myofascial pain treatment.
How Does The eToims Technique Relieve Pain
One cause of the acute and chronic muscle pain is nerve irritation tightening the muscle. As Dr. Chu describes:
“When you irritate or damage a nerve, muscle fibers close around the nerve fibers like a fist. The electrical pulse uncurls the fist from the nerve fibers, thus relieving muscle pain and restoring function”.
The eToims technique sends very brief but strong electrical pulses to the areas of irritated nerves. This stimulation causes the muscle to twitch, or contract, and then relax. This focused exercising of the muscle at numerous points throughout the muscle relieves the associated muscle pain.
The technique acts like an internal massage and stretches the muscles, which increases the amount of oxygen to the muscle tissue. This also increases the blood flow to the muscle. Finally, the twitch-contraction produced by eToims® results in the outward flow of natural, pain-relieving chemicals.
eToims Also Diagnoses
eToims® not only treats but it also diagnoses in a non-invasive manner early nerve irritation-related pain. This includes conditions such as back pain, fibromyalgia, shoulder pain and other types of injuries and symptoms.
This diagnosing and treating is great for sports injuries. It is quick to diagnose and fast to heal getting you back out on the playing field faster than conventional treatments.
The Healing Power of eToims
The eToims technique promotes healing by re-educating the muscles and stimulating nerve re-growth and regeneration. This would apply to nerve-related muscle injuries, including those resulting in myofascial pain.
This technique is also recommended on a daily or weekly basis for those who want to maintain a pain-free living. The treatments can improve overall relaxation, physical health and well-being. It is currently being used for healing nerve-muscle pain/discomfort related to sports, work, auto-accidents, repetitive motion, activities of daily living and aging.
Where You Can Get eToims
eToims is currently available in myofascial pain treatment centers in Europe, Asia and Canada . It will be coming to the US soon. If you are seeing a physiotherapist or physician and are considering using for the eToims technique for myofascial pain or any nerve-related pain, ask him to contact the eToims® web site here.