The Magic of MPS: A New Approach to Treating Chronic Pain, Part 2, MASSAGE MagazineA decade of research and clinical practice has lead to significant progress in the treatment of chronic pain by integrating Eastern and Western therapies into one easy-to-use modality.

Microcurrent Point Stimulation, or MPS, is a noninvasive treatment of chronic neuromyofacial pain that is grounded on the principle of drug-free manipulation of the autonomic nervous system by combining Eastern philosophies and Western neurology. This integrative knowledge is then woven into easy-to-apply protocols, which are then treated with MPS-concentrated microcurrent stimulation (within the scope of practice for licensed massage therapists) or manually applied through acupressure.

Read “The Magic of MPS: A New Approach to Treating Chronic Pain, Part 1” here.

Because MPS is noninvasive and the device assists the therapist to quickly locate and treat acupuncture points, it’s an easy device to integrate into any clinical setting. That’s a key advantage of MPS, according to Dr. Jay P. Shah of the National Institutes of Health.

Shah, who stumbled upon MPS to relieve his own pain, says he’s used it daily during the past 15 years to treat clients with neck, shoulder, back and other soft-tissue pain. A physician by training, Shah has also studied acupuncture and finds 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. You can give pain medication, but you really are not getting to the underlying cause of the problem, which is often the nervous system and muscular contractions”

Since almost all soft-tissue pain is controlled by the autonomic nervous system, many difficult disorders often respond exceptionally well to this approach, including:

  • Back and neck pain, whiplash, TMJ/TMD
  • Fibromyalgia, migraines, headaches
  • Sports injuries, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis
  • Frozen shoulder, post-operative pain

Although MPS therapy is not a panacea for all disease or pain conditions, it consistently generates tangible and measurable results for a variety of conditions in a short period of time. The simple beauty of MPS therapy is it enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself, thereby promoting an accelerated return to homeostasis.

Client feedback

For the thousands of people who found relief from their chronic pain, the discovery of MPS could not have come soon enough. In describing the impact MPS therapy has had on her life and the potential it holds for others, client Quentin Glenn says:

I told my massage therapist, Teresa Esterline, of all the difficulty I was having with my legs after having two hip replacements. After recently taking an MPS seminar, Teresa explained my pain may be due to the scar tissue from the two surgeries. She said she can now release the scar tissue and it should relieve the pain. Never hearing of releasing scar tissue before but knowing Teresa and hearing the enthusiasm in her voice, I saw her the very next day.

The next day she released my scars and I walked away feeling better than I have felt in many years. I have been to physical therapy off and on for one-and-a-half years, and both of the physical therapists were blown away; they could not find any trigger point or tight muscles in my legs after the session. One of them said, “I had never seen anything like this before.”

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for teaching people like Teresa to heal people without all the pain of physical therapy and drugs. It has to be over 25 years since I have felt this good and I give the glory to our God, and to you, Teresa, for helping me.

Sharing the knowledge

For more than 15 years, MPS Pain Therapy has been instructed to health care professionals, and currently more than 30,000 doctors and therapists throughout the world now employ MPS as the primary modality for the treatment of their chronic pain population..

James Armstrong is a freelance writer based in Jacksonville, Florida. For more information about MPS Pain seminars, contact MPS Therapy at (800) 567-7246 or via e-mail at Contact Armstrong at MPS Seminars is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. For more information, visit