Science Behind Natural Pain Management | MVT Relief Device

Natural Pain Relief Science

MicroVibration Therapy, the advanced, patented relieving and healing technology of the future – is available today.

MicroVibration Therapy is a synergistic combination of four well researched and tested relieving technologies: microvibration therapy, laser light therapy, sound therapy and magnetic therapy. This is the secret of the MVT Relief’s relieving properties and why we think the MVT is poised to become the tool of Energy Medicine. Read the results of the MVT Case Study and the testimonies of average people – with diagnosed diseases – whose results bring promise of unprecedented relief without side affects or medication.

Case Study

INTRODUCTION: For thousands of years, acupuncture has been a valuable and successful tool used by medical practitioners to relieve pain. More recently, fervent interest in the study of pain has brought forth new technologies that utilize electrical energy (TENS), light, sound, piezoelectric and magnetic energies as treatments. Each of these technologies has shown success individually in relieving pain, but there have been few attempts to utilize them together. An empirically tested novel device (MVT)(1) combining low level light, sound microvibration, physical microvibration, and sinusoidal low-strength micromagnetic energy, is presented as a new, non-invasive method to stimulate acupuncture points and offers a rapid means of relieving various types of pain. Although this technology is in its infancy, we document its successful use in reducing pain in three different medical conditions.



Methods

The three patients discussed in this case report each suffers from a different chronic pain syndrome. Each had been diagnosed by multiple physicians and treated with conventional medical modalities using various medications to control their pain. They had also been treated with acupuncture with variable responses.

After informed consent, the patients were treated with a MVT device (1) (Table 1) that combines synergistic use of light, sound, physical microvibration and sinusoidal low-strength magnetic frequencies to the areas of local discomfort, or with a general pain protocol using acupuncture points associated with the amacrine nervous system.

Two Patients, 1 and 3, were treated with application of the MVT to acupuncture points local to the site of pain. Patient 2 was treated at three points CV8, CV24.5 (Yin Tang) and GV20, which correspond to the amacrine nervous system, as described by Swanson 2, and local acupuncture points to the areas of local discomfort or pain.



Case Reports

Patient 1
A 72-year-old male presented with a six month history of persistent left shoulder pain and decreasing mobility. His daily regimen of Ibuprofen 1200-1600 mg provided only minor relief. He was diagnosed with bursitis of the shoulder with impingement by another physician and given one injection of “steroids” which only temporarily reduced his pain. He presented for acupuncture trial. His Verbal Numerical Rating Scale (VNRS) level of pain was 7 out of 10. On physical exam, the patient could not abduct his arm laterally past 30 degrees. He was offered acupuncture or, alternately, a trial of non-invasive MVT therapy. He consented to treatment with the MVT. The MVT device was placed on two points, Ht1 and LI15, for two minutes each. After the four minutes, the patient was asked to move his arm and rate his pain. He immediately was able to abduct his arm to 130 degrees without difficulty and reported a VNRS level of pain of 1 out of 10.

Patient 2
A 42-year-old female with a history of type 1 diabetes mellitus presented with chronic, global body pain that had been diagnosed by a rheumatologist as fibromyalgia. Her pain was only slightly ameliorated by amitryptiline, and the use of narcotics caused her cognitive problems. Her VNRS pain level was 9 out of 10. In the past, she had been treated often with acupuncture needling and electroacupuncture with fair to good results. After patient consent, the MVT was applied to three points: CV8, CV24.5 (Yin Tang) and GV20, which correspond to the amacrine nervous system 2.The patient received 3 minutes of treatment at each of these points. Her VNRS pain level was reduced to a level of 2. However, specific areas of her neck, knees and feet were still tender. After 2 additional minutes of treatment to each of these specific areas, her residual pain was relieved to a minimal level.

Patient 3
A 50-year-old male presented for treatment of pain secondary to documented osteoarthritis of the right knee. A former competitive baseball player and current basketball referee, he reported pain that began after a patellar fracture of his right knee, with an increase in severity over the past several years. An acute exacerbation of knee pain while refereeing a basketball game prompted the clinic visit. His VNRS level of pain was 10 out of 10. Application of the MVT pain device reduced the pain to a level of 7 in two minutes, a level of 4 in five minutes, and a level of 2 in ten minutes. After 20 minutes of treatment, the patient’s VNRS level of pain was reduced to 1 out of 10.



Discussion

During the past 30 years, the use of electronic instrumentation associated with acupuncture has grown exponentially. Many different devices have been developed for acupuncture diagnosis and treatment. Besides needles, new therapeutic technologies have been developed which include: Electro-therapy, 3-4 TENS therapy, Piezo-electric therapy, 8 Ultrasonic therapy, 9,10 and light therapy (laser, LED, laser needles). 5-7, 11-13 Each of these technologies offers advantages and disadvantages. The development of effective instrumentation that produces reliable and reproducible results is very challenging. 14

A device was developed combining theoretical and empirical aspects of the following technologies:

1. Mechanical Microvibration
Mechanical vibration is the use of very fine physical oscillations to produce therapeutic benefits. Over the past 40 years, studies have shown that vibration therapy causes a myriad of physiologic changes in various organ systems, including the musculoskeletal, endocrine, and nervous systems. Within the musculoskeletal system, vibration has been shown to increase muscle strength and power 16 and flexibility through muscle lengthening. 17 The former is thought to occur through stimulation of the ‘stretch reflex’ (tonic vibration reflex) by vibratory amplitudes of 2 to 4 mm. 15 Vibration therapy has been shown to decrease back pain, 22 and has resulted in increased bone strength in patients with osteoporosis and osteopenia. 15,18 Vibration therapy has also resulted in endocrinologic changes within the body, including as high as a 460% increase in growth hormone production, up to a 7% increase in testosterone production, and a 30 fold decrease in cortisol levels. 19 This therapy can also affect the nervous system, with one study illustrating reduced tremor in conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. 12

In the development of the MVT, clinical observations based on its use on patients were that micro-fine vibration with an amplitude of 0.01mm was efficacious in providing pain relief without the displeasing thumping sounds that accompanied longer vibratory amplitudes.

2. Light Microvibration
There is one basic rule in nature. As simply expressed by Saint Symeon, eleventh-century Bysantine mystic, “light is the source of life.” In fact, every living cell absorbs and emits light energy in the form of biophotons. 23-28 It may be for this reason that therapies utilizing light energy have been shown to affect cells by providing an external source of photons for cellular function. These therapies have utilized light in the form of laser energy, 12 low-level light therapy (LLLT), 64 and broad-spectrum visible light (for seasonal affective disorder). These therapies all provide light energy packets to harmonically vibrate atoms within cells.

Light and low-level laser therapies have been widely used in Europe for clinical purposes for over 35 years and have been the subject of over 3,500 scientific papers published worldwide. Literature has shown that low-level light therapies are painless, non-toxic, and have minimal or no side effects. It appears that one of the safest forms of light therapy uses low-level light in the form of light emitting diodes, LEDs. 64 The beneficial effects of low level light therapy include increasing the body’s production of ATP and endorphins to reduce pain, 12 decreasing inflammation, decreasing edema, erythema, and sensations of warmth, improving lymphatic drainage, increasing blood circulation (particularly to areas of trauma), increasing the proliferation of fibroblasts and osteoblasts, and causing up to a 75% increase in enzymatic activity. 12

Our clinical experience has shown that the use of low-level light therapy in the form of LEDs to relieve pain has been augmented through vibration of the photons, which, we theorize, stimulates the harmonic vibration of atoms within cells and improves intercellular communication. 61

3. Acoustic Sound Vibration
For many years, medical practitioners have utilized sound vibration, in the form of ultrasound, both diagnostically and therapeutically. 9-10 Basic science has shown that direct stimulation of living cellular tissue using sound frequency vibration can cause a marked cellular organelle response, a corresponding measurable increase of cellular metabolism and, therefore, a possible mobilization of the cellular healing response. 62 This increase in cellular vibration may improve, and theoretically restore cellular communication. The sound waves also stimulate motion of fluids through the body and brain, bringing to oxygen and other nutrients to tissues, that in turn increases serotonin, dopamine, and other neuropeptides and helps to alter our perceptions. 31 In addition to the above explanation, there is a second, less scientific understanding of the effects of sound vibration on pain. Since the discovery of music, sound waves have been used as a soothing method of relaxation. There have been many anecdotal reports of healing with sound and music. The mechanism involved in this process may relate to resonance. It is believed that our various organs each have their own specific frequencies at which they resonate in a healthy state. 63 Some feel that exposing unhealthy organs to their “healthy” frequencies will assist them in returning to their normal state of resonance and health. By delivering specific frequencies through the body directly, an entirely different system of the body – the brainstem and spinal cord – are brought into play, offering the possibility of direct cellular stimulation. 63

4. Magnetic Vibration
All life processes have evolved in the natural force fields of the earth. There has been growing evidence that living organisms are affected by magnetic and electric fields. Even the simplest life forms make use of electric and magnetic field effects, illustrated clearly in the process of signal transduction through the gated transport of sodium, potassium, calcium, and chloride ions in neurons. 31 Given the physiological role of electric currents within organisms (including humans), over the past 30 years scientists have studied magnetism in living systems and the effects of external electromagnetic fields on microorganisms, plants and animals. They have classified magnetic fields into two broad groups: Static and Time-Varied. Static fields are further subtyped as either permanent or DC-direct current electromagnetic. Time-varied fields are either pulsed or radio-frequency sinusoidal fields. 32

Magnetic therapy, based on modest static fields produced by permanent magnets, has not sufficiently distinguished itself from a more accepted form that is based on high-pulsed magnetic fields produced by electromagnets. While the actual mechanism by which electromagnetic fields produce biological effects is under intense study, 36,32 evidence suggests that magnets act on biological systems in multiple ways:
  1. Cellular Effects: An important aspect of magnetic fields is that they permeate all body tissues without interference. Various cell structures, including mitochondria, are stimulated by magnetic fields and relatively small magnetic energies are required to affect chemical reactions in cells. 47 These effects are widespread and include increases in intracellular calcium through changes in the calcium channel, changes in the sodium-potassium pump, increases in RNA/DNA production, increased conversion of ATP to ADP, and stimulation of cyclic AMP. 12,48,49 Additionally, free radical production can be significantly decreased by magnetic fields at magnetic field strengths of as little as 10-100 gauss. 12,43,50 No cellular damage has been seen from even the most powerful static magnetic fields but low level sinusoidal magnetic fields that the MVT produces have not been studied.

  2. Extracellular Fluid: The extracellular fluid is very sensitive to the application of magnetic fields. The body is at least 65% fluid, which is mostly a salt electrolyte ion solution. Externally applied magnetic fields influence and charge currents and the electromagnetic field states of the body’s fluids. 49

  3. The Vascular System: There is evidence that magnetic fields decrease vascular resistance, thus increasing tissue oxygen perfusion. 12,40,41 This effect reduces swelling and decreases clotting and platelet adhesiveness. 32

  4. The Nervous System: Human and animal studies have shown decreased nerve cell firing after exposure to magnetic fields which may effect pain perception. 12,43,44 Studies with salamanders show that they can be put into deep sleep anesthesia using electromagnets. 45 In fact, specifically designed electromagnets are already used in nerve conduction testing and brain stimulation research. 46

  5. The Acupuncture System: Magnets produce specific and direct actions on acupuncture points and meridians 37,38 that are very rapid 39, mediated by the microcurrents generated through the Faraday effect via the tendinomuscular systems that transmit electrical stimuli. 34, 38
The combination of the aforementioned technologies in one device has, in our clinical experience, provided significant therapeutic relief of pain. From sensation to perception, pain is the perception of discomfort at one focus or many foci in the body, and the transmission of a pain signal from the peripheral sensory receptors to the brain is a dynamic process. Sensory information or pain signals are transmitted by pain transmission neurons (PTNs). PTNs, in turn, relay the pain messages to the brain. Scientists feel that it is at the first nerve connection, or synapse, where the peripheral nerve meets the central nervous system, that both pain (hyperalgia) and pain relief (analgesia) are processed. 60 It is through the blockage of this pathway that acupuncture is theorized to affect pain, 3 via a mechanism that has not been firmly established. 59

One of the authors, with over 25 years of experience practicing traditional acupuncture, has found that the MVT device generally relieves pain faster than traditional acupuncture needles. Given the MVT’s apparent rapid effects on pain, the authors suggest that the mechanism of action of MVT may or may not be different. Based on the properties of mechanical, sound, light, and magnetic microvibration inherent in the device, the authors propose that the MVT may, by a yet unknown mechanism or mechanisms, enhance cell-to-cell communication, and thereby relieve pain.

A prerequisite for life is the ability to maintain electrochemical imbalances across biomembranes. It is known that the plasma membrane potential of a human cell is maintained at approximately -70mv. The authors theorize that when the body is injured, (or the biomembrane is less bioactive) the proton pump within the cellular membranes becomes stagnant. The membrane potential of affected cells, therefore, becomes less electronegative (ie. -45mv). When “healthy” cells come in close proximity to “sick” cells with decreased electro-negativity, there exists an intercellular voltage disparity, and cell to cell communication is impaired. This impairment in cellular communication produces a signal carried by nerves to the brain that humans may interpret as “pain.” When the painful area is treated with the MVT device, we theorize that the area is flooded with multi-resonant frequencies, cybernetic cellular energy induction is produced, which may temporarily increase cellular electro-negativity. Once local cellular communication is re-established, the pain signal rapidly disappears. We theorize that most likely the MVT inductively and resonantly stimulates the cells to increase the proton pump and enhance cell-to-cell communication. Basic science studies will be needed to elucidate the device’s mechanisms of action.



Conclusion

We present three cases that used a novel technology for treatment of pain. The MVT™ – MicroVibration Technology, synergistically combines physical microvibration, LED light frequencies (rather than laser), specific sound frequencies, and low strength sinusoidal magnetic frequencies to stimulate cellular functions. No electrical stimulation or TENS is used. The rapid mechanism of action of the MVT device is not entirely clear but the MVT device appears to inductively enhance local cellular energy function (possibly by increased ATP production by mitochondria), increase proton pump function and thereby increase cellular electro negativity. While the above mechanistic scheme is theoretical, the rapid clinical relief seems to point to a rapid mechanism of action which may be different from that which occurs in traditional acupuncture.

The results of this report, though based on the clinical responses of only three patients, are promising. A forthcoming pilot study will be needed to confirm these results and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies could be helpful to identify objective biochemical changes occurring in the brain in response to this device.

References
  1. U.S. Patent 7335170, 2/08; Robert Milne and Walter Spawr.
  2. Swanson, LW, Brain Architecture, Oxford University Press, 2003: 24.
  3. Stux G, Promeranz B. Acupuncture: Textbook and Atlas. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag; 1987.
  4. Wing TW. Electro Acupoint Therapy with Microcurrent. Kelseyville, CA: Earthen Vessel Productions; May 2001.
  5. Burton, C., & Maurer, D.D. (1974). Pain suppression by transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 21: 81–88.
  6. Deyo et al. (June 1990). "A controlled trial of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and exercise for chronic low back pain". New England Journal of Medicine 322 (23): 1627-1634.
  7. Burton C. Instrumentation for dorsal column stimulator implantation. Surg Neurol. 1974 Jan;2(1):39-40.
  8. Shapiro, DM, Piezoelectric Stimulation of Acupuncture points for the Treatment of Back and Neck Pain: A discussion of 3 cases. Medical Acupuncture, Vol 13, no. 1.
  9. Essentials of Medical Ultrasound: A Practical Introduction to the Principles, Techniques and Biomedical Applications, edited by M. H. Rapacholi, Humana Press 1982.
  10. Baker KG, Robertson VJ, Duck FA. A Review of Therapeutic Ultrasound: Biophysical. Effects. Phys Ther. 2001; 81:1351-1358.
  11. Bjordal JM, Couppé C, Chow RT, Tunér J, Ljunggren EA (2003). "A systematic review of low level laser therapy with location-specific doses for pain from chronic joint disorders". The Australian journal of physiotherapy 49 (2): 107–16.
  12. Tuner, Jan and Hode, Lars, The Laser Therapy Handbook:Clinical practice and Scientific Background. (Grangesberg, Sweden AB: Prima Books, 1999:21.
  13. Litscher, Gerhard, et al. Biological Effects of Painless Laser Needle Acupuncture; Medical Acupuncure Journal, Vol 16, no. 1.
  14. Niemtzow, RC, Editorial- Electronic instruments and acupuncture points, Medical Acupuncture, Vol13, No.1.
  15. Bosco, C; Cardinale, M; Tsarpela, O; Locatelli, E: New trends in training science: The use of vibrations for enhancing performance;New Studies in Athletics, Vol.14, No.4, 1999:55-62.
  16. Bosco, et al, Clinical Physiology, 19,2, 180-187; Blackwell Sciences 1999)
  17. Luo et al., The use of Vibration Training to enhance muscle Strength and Power, Sports Medicine 2005; 35 (1): 23- 41).
  18. Rubin et. Al, FASEB J, 15, 2225-2229 (2001).
  19. Rittweger, J. et al., Spine Vol.27, #17:1829-1834, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc 2002.
  20. Bosco et al., Hormonal responses to whole body vibration, J. Applied Physiology(2000) 81: 449-454 .
  21. Schuhfried, et al., Clinical Rehabilitation, 2005; 19:834-842).
  22. Turbanski et.al, Research in Sports Medicine, 13: 243-256, 2005).
  23. Popp, Popp, F.A. (1984). Biologie des Lichts, Paul Parey Verlag, Berlin.
  24. Popp, F.A. (1986). On the coherence of ultraweak photonemission from living systems. In Disequilibrium and Self-Organization (C.W. Kilmister, ed.). pp. 207-230, D. Reidel Publishing Co., Dordrecht.
  25. Popp, F.A. (1989). Coherent photon storage of biological systems. In Electromagnetic Bio-Information (F.A. Popp, U. Warnke, H.L. Konig, and W. Peschka, eds.), Urban & Schwarzenberg, Munchen.
  26. Popp, F.A., Ruth, B., Bahr, W., Bohm, J. Grass, P., Grolig, G., Rattemeyer, M., Schmidt, H.G., and Wulle, P. (1981). Emission of visible and ultraviolet radiation by active biological systems. Collective Phenomena 3: 187-214.
  27. Popp, F.A., Li, K.H., Mei, W.P., Galle, M. and Neurohr, R. (1988). Physical aspects of biophotons. Experientia 44: 576-585.
  28. Ho, M.W. (1993a). The Rainbow and The Worm: The Physics of Organisms, World Scientific, Singapore.
  29. Karu T.I. (2003). Low-power laser therapy. In: Biomedical Photonics Handbook (T. VoDinh, ed.) CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 48: 1-25.
  30. Helleksen, C.J., Kline,J.A., & Rosenthal, N.E. (1986). Phototherapy for seasonal affective disorder in Alaska. American Journal of Psychiatry, 143: 1035-1037)
  31. VanWijk, R., Bio-Photons and Bio-communication, Journal of ScientificExploration, Vol 15, No. 2:183-197, 2001.
  32. Marwick, C, JAMA, 2000 Feb 9, 263: 731-733.
  33. Jengyu Lai DPM, Mark R. Pittelkow MD (2007) Physiological effects of ultrasound mist on fibroblasts, International Journal of Dermatology 46 (6):587–593.
  34. Altman, J.(1988) Information processing concerning moving sound sources in the auditory centers and its utilization by brain integrative and motor structures. In Auditory Pathway: Structure and Function, J. Syka and Masterton, R. (Eds), Plenum Press, New York:349-354.
  35. Ellis, P., Musical Connection: Tradition and Change, 1994, Publication of the ISME conference proceedings: 201-203.
  36. Eberhard Neumann, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology: A Comprehensive Desk Reference. Ed. Robert A Meyers. New York: VCH Publishers: 266-270.
  37. Pawluk, Wm, Magnetic Filed Therapy, In Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Novey, DW, Mosby 2000.)
  38. Liboff AR: Bioelectromagnetic fields and acupuncture, Alt Complement Med 1:77 -87, 1997 (supplement).
  39. Reichmanis M, Marino AA, Becker RO: Electrical correlates of acupuncture points, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 22:533-535, 1975.
  40. Bennett WR Jr: Health and low frequency electromagnetic fields, New Haven, Conn, 1994, Yale University Press.
  41. Frankel RB, Liburdy, RP: Biological effects of static magnetic fields. In Polk D, Postow E, Editors: Handbook of biological effects of electromagnetic fields, ed 2, Boca Raton, Fla, 1996, CRC Press
  42. Hsu M, Fong C: The biomagnetic effect and its application in acupuncture, Am] Acupuncture 6:289-296, 1978.
  43. Liboff AR: Bioelectromagnetic fields and acupuncture, Alt Complement Med 1:77 -87, 1997 (supplement).
  44. Bennett WR Jr: Health and low frequency electromagnetic fields, New Haven, Conn, 1994, Yale University Press.
  45. Warnke U: Infrared radiation and oxygen partial pressure in human surfacial tissue as indica¬tors of the therapeutic effects of pulsating magnetic fields of extremely low frequency (Report from the 2nd International Congress on Magnetomedicine), Biophysic Med Rep 2:1-8,1981.
  46. Weber M, editor: Therapy with pulsating magnetic fields used in combination with other treatment methods, Uttwil, Switzerland, 1992, Biophysics and Medicine Report.
  47. Bassett CA: Bioelectromagnetics in the service of medicine. In Blank M, editor: Electromag¬netic fields: biological interactions and mechanisms, Washington, DC, 1995, American Chemical Society.
  48. McLean MJ et al: Blockade of sensory neuron action potentials by a static magnetic field in the 10mT range, Bioelectromagnetics 16:20-32, 1995.
  49. Sullivan DR: Effect of a constant magnetic field on invertebrate neurons. In Bamothy M, editor: Biologic effects of magnetic fields, vol 2, New York, 1969, Plenum.
  50. Becker RO: The Body Electric, ed 1, New York, 1985, Morrow.
  51. Sisken BF et al: Stimulation of rat sciatic nerve regeneration with pulsed electromagnetic fields, Brain Res 485:309-316, 1989.
  52. Chokroverty S, editor: Magnetic stimulation in clinical neurophysiology, ed 1, Stoneham, Mass, 1990, Butterworth.
  53. Frankel RB, Liburdy RP: Biological effects of static magnetic fields. In Polk C, Postow E, editors: Handbook of biological effects of electromagnetic fields, ed 2, Boca Raton, Fla, 1996, CRC Press.
  54. Polk C, Postow E, editors: Handbook of biological effects of electromagnetic fields, ed 2, Boca Raton, Fla, 1996, CRC Press.
  55. Walleczek J: Magnetokinetic effects on radical pairs: a paradigm for magnetic field interac¬tions with biologic systems at lower than thermal energy. In Blank M, editor: Electromagnetic fields: biological interactions and mechanisms, Washington, DC, 1995, American Chemical Society.
  56. Bamothy M, ed.: Biological effects of magnetic fields, vol 1, New York, 1964, Plenum.
  57. Blank M, ed.: Electromagnetic fields: biological interactions and mechanisms, Washington, DC, 1995, American Chemical Society.
  58. Mooney Y: A randomized double-blind prospective study of the efficacy of pulsed electromag¬netic fields for interbody lumbar fusions, Spine 15:708-712, 1990.
  59. Trock DH et al: A double-blind trial of the clinical effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields in osteoarthritis, Rheumatol20:456-460, 1993.
  60. Ieran M et al: Effect of low frequency pulsing electromagnetic fields on skin ulcers of venous origin in humans: a double blind study, Orthoped Res 8:276- 282, 1990.
  61. Stiller MJ et al: A portable pulsed electromagnetic field (pemf) device to enhance healing of recalcitrant venous ulcers: a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, BrJ Dermatol 127:147-154,1989.
  62. Weintraub MI: Chronic submaximal magnetic stimulation in peripheral neuropathy: is there a beneficial therapeutic relationship? Am Pain Management 8(1): 12-16, 1998.
  63. Watkins, Linda R., et al., Trends in Neurosciences, Vol 24, No. 8.
 

© 2008 MVTRelief.com. All rights reserved | Home | Contact Us | Licensed Distributor Login
Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy