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About E.T.P.S. Therapy (Now called MPS)

In Chronic Pain?

The Reiki Center of Venice is proud to announce that Francine Milford, LMT, has received training in the use of E.T.P.S. Therapy for relieving chronic pain symptoms. (This system is now known as MPS).

 Below is an article on MPS

Microcurrent Point Stimulation: an Innovation in Electrotherapy for Managing Pain

By Tamra Ellis, Hon. B Scot

Originally published in Pain Pathways, Summer 2013

MPS combines the principles of acupuncture, massage, microcurrent and physical therapy to relieve chronic pain.

Scar tissue, depending on the location, may cause pain throughout the body. When Quentin Glenn complained of leg and back pain to her physical therapist last summer, she ranked it a nine out of ten on a scale of severity. The therapist explained that her leg pain might be caused by scar tissue from previous hip surgeries, and suggested she try a technique that “releases” scar tissue and may bring relief.The next day, Glenn tried microcurrent point stimulation (MPS), an integrative electrotherapy technique, and says that when she stood up, she was pain free. “I felt better than I had in years,” Glenn says. “I had been to physical therapy on and off for over a year and a half, and both of my PTs were blown away with the outcome — they could not find any trigger points or tight muscles in my legs after my scar release treatment. One of them said, ‘I have never seen anything like this before.’

WHAT is MPS?Microcurrent point stimulation is the application of brief, concentrated DC microcurrent impulses to specific treatment points to relax muscles, calm the nervous system and release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. When MPS is applied to unique acupuncture and myofascial trigger points (MPTs) it is called MPS (microcurrent point stimulation) therapy. Stimulating all three systems — nervous, muscular and endocrine — makes MPS therapy effective for treating many chronic and acute soft-tissue pain conditions.

MPS, an INTEGRATIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT techniqueMPS mimics the therapeutic effects of traditional acupuncture by integrating several potent pain-relieving therapies (acupuncture and neural therapy) into a device that’s easy to use, clinically or at home.Pain physician Jay P. Shah, MD, of the National Institutes of Health, says he used MPS to relieve his own pain, and has used it daily over the past 15 years to treat his patients’ neck, shoulder, back and other soft tissue pain. Dr. Shah has studied acupuncture and says that MPS offers many of the same advantages in relaxing muscles to ease pain.“It’s a wonderful tool for patients to treat themselves,” Shah says. “[It also] causes them to rely less on medications. As a doctor, when you give pain medications you really are not getting to the underlying cause of the problem, which is often the upregulation of the nervous system and muscular contractions.”MPS may be most effective when used in combination with a variety of awareness, movement and manual therapies to help create a long-term positive outcome. The following conditions may respond well to MPS, including:°  Back, neck and shoulder pain, whiplash
°  Fibromyalgia
°  Migraines & headaches
°  Sports injuries
°  Carpal tunnel
°  Plantar fasciitis
°  Post-operative pain
°  Diabetic neuropathy pain
°  Shingles pain

MPS vs. TENSThere are two general types of electric current: the back-and-forth flow of alternating current (AC), which powers most of our household appliances, and direct current (DC), which flows in one direction. While TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) devices utilize alternating current, MPS therapy uses direct current, mirroring the current (or electron flow) of the human nervous system.Unlike TENS devices, MPS uses a noninvasive, metal tip, not pads, to apply low-amperage stimulation current directly to the skin, providing precise pain therapy. Milliamperage TENS devices produce thousands of times more current than microamperage (mA) MPS, in order to contract muscles and offer relief. The traditional TENS approach using milliamperage may not always be effective.

CHALLENGING a CENTURY OLD THEORY: is less stimulation more?German psychiatrist Rudolf Arndt (1835-1900) and German pharmacologist Hugo Schulz (1853-1932) theorized that “weak stimuli increases physiologic activity and strong stimuli inhibits or abolishes activity.” Applied to pain management, it may mean that less electricity could be more effective than more of it. Arndt-Schulz law may also explain why microamperage currents may be more effective than milliam - per age currents at relieving pain.MPS may be most effective when used in combination with a variety of awareness, movement and manual therapies to help create a long-term positive outcome.Orthopedic surgeon and author of The Body Electric Robert Becker, MD, applies this centuries-old construct to support modern clinical electrotherapy. He maintains that the human nervous system appears to be delicate and doesn’t respond well to strong, disruptive stimuli.According to Dr. Becker, current therapy approaches (TENS, ultrasound) appear to be “screaming” at the nerves, rather than “whispering” to them as they would through microcurrent stimulation. In his book, he proposes that because the body’s nervous system runs on DC current, the most effective healing occurs with DC stimulation.While there is clinical evidence to support the application of DC microcurrent stimulation (MPS) for pain relief, talk with your doctor before beginning any new treatment option.


The Ideal MPS Therapy Client

Although MPS. Therapy is safe and effective for most of the adult population,       MPS Therapy is NOT suggested for the following groups of people:

* pregnant women

* cancer patients

* individuals with epilepsy

* individuals who have a pacemaker

Additionally, due to their hypersensitivity, people who suffer from fibromyalgia or migraines should NOT receive MPS Therapy during a painful episode. These clients should also NOT have more than 15 points stimulated per session.


Cost of Session

Sessions run 1/2 to 1 hour in length depending on condition.

Cost of session is only $40 a session.

It is the client's responsibility to pay at same time that services are rendered.

Pain Disorder Protocols:

The following conditions have been known to be helped with MPS Therapy:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Ankle Sprain & Pain
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthitic Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Bronchitis
  • Bursitis of the Shoulder
  • Calf Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Charley Horse
  • Chest Pain-Muscular
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Coccyx Injury
  • Constipation
  • Costochondritis
  • Digestive Problems
  • Earache
  • Elbow Pain
  • Facial Neuralgia
  • Facial Pain-Toothache
  • Facial Tic
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Finger Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Ganglion
  • Gout
  • Groin Injury
  • Hamstring Injuries
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Head Pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Hips
  • Immunity-To Enhance
  • Impotence-Male
  • Intercostal Neuralgia
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Jaw Pain
  • Kidney Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Mandibular Pain
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Migraine
  • Mutliple Sclerosis
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Muscle Sprain
  • Muscle Strain
  • Nausea
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis Knee
  • Parasympathetic-Calming
  • Pelvic Pain
  • PMS
  • Post Operative Pain
  • Prolapsed Disc (Lower Back)
  • Renal (Kidney) Disorders
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shin Splints
  • Shingles
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sinus Problems
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Snoring
  • Spondylosis
  • Temporo-Mandibular Pain
  • Tendonitis-Elbow
  • Thigh Pain
  • Thumb Pain
  • Thyroid (Hyper)
  • Tinnitus
  • TMJ
  • Trigger Thumb
  • Wrist Pain

Client Comments:

"Dear Francine,

I just wanted to write to let you know that I am absolutely astounded by the effectiveness of the ETPS therepy I recently had with you at the Reiki Center of Venice.

As you know, I injured my shoulder at the gym several months ago. I tried not working out with it for a few weeks until it healed but, that didn't help. No matter how long I rested it,  the pain was still there. My husband begged me to go to the Doctor but, having no insurance, I decided to tough it out. My range of motion and pain only got worse. It hurt just to let my arn hang. At times, I literally had to use my left hand to lift my right arm. It also starting clicking loudly whenever I moved it a certain way.

After just 20-30 minutes of the ETPS therepy, my shoulder was vastly improved! Prior to the treatment, I could only lift my arm a few inches before it started hurting. After the ETPS, as you witnessed, I was able to raise it almost straight in the air without any pain. Over the next couple of days, the clicking diminished and I was able to rotate my arm completely around.

Previously, the pain had  been constantly noticeable. After the treatment, I suddenly realized around noon time that I hadn't had any pain all morning. Amazing!

Thank-you so much,

C.E. in Venice,Fl"


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