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Motor nerve stimulation 

Treatment of musculoskeletal pain with motor point stimulation is a very effective and powerful modality. This technique was developed from sports medicine acupuncture. Stimulating muscles’ motor nerves can relieve pain, even pain that is caused by degenerative arthritis and pain that has been unresponsive to regular acupuncture treatment. Patients that have plateaued and those who have their pain recur have been helped by treating motor points.

To treat the motor nerve, a needle is inserted into a specific location where a muscle’s motor nerve can be accessed and stimulated. Electricity is applied to the needle for @30-90 seconds. This causes the muscle to move. The muscle will then cease dysfunctional contraction and relax. The spindle fibers of the muscle lengthen. The previous pain signaling is, essentially, reset. In a way, it is a “reboot” of the muscle’s relationship with the brain.

Why it costs more: The cost of community acupuncture is low because patients are scheduled every 15 minutes. The clinic is only sustainable with a high volume of patients. Motor point treatment does not fit in well with this business model. It is more labor intensive and takes longer than 15 minutes to treat even a small number of muscles. Thus, patients must be scheduled for at least 2 appointments in a row, sometimes more. The cost reflects this, but many people find that it is well worth it. It is $50 for a half-hour, $75 for 1 hour. 

As with other acupuncture treatment, the number of treatments needed, the duration of effect, the possibility of maintenance and frequency thereof are unique to each individual. It is worth noting that motor point treatment has been effective for many people who did not respond to any other interventions. I receive emails on a regular basis from grateful patients. Here is a handout with further info on choosing between "regular" acupuncture and motor nerve treatment.

Points North Community Acupuncture

10026 University Ave NW Suite 105
Coon Rapids, MN 55448

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