Pain Neutralization Technique (PNT)

What is PNT?

Pain Neutralization Technique (PNT) is a non-pharmacological, non-invasive technique for pain neutralization developed by Steven Kaufman, DC, LAc. The technique involves gentle tissue manipulation to “turn off” the neuromuscular reflexes that perpetuate trigger points and musculoskeletal pain and is proving to be particularly effective in the treatment of chronic pain.

The technique is based on the Clasp Knife Reflex (also called Golgi Tendon Organ Reflex), which is a defensive reflex protecting our muscles from injury. It gently uses a specific stimulation, vector, and light pressure by hand to activate the clasp knife reflex. The stimulated muscle relaxes and tenderness of the trigger point is relieved.  This can resolve long term symptoms that were exacerbated by that trigger point.

PNT does not use mechanical force for treatment, and is quite different from other procedures for treating trigger points which usually involve some amount of pain during treatment such as compression, myofascial release, or deep tissue massage. Light pressure with the finger tips is used.  You will feel little discomfort when the procedure is performed on you. In fact, many fall asleep during treatment.

What are trigger points?

Trigger points are tiny knots that develop in a muscle when it is overworked or injured.  The knots are tight bands of muscle or contraction knots in the muscle tissue.  They often feel like nodules and are painful when pressed.

PNT can be therapeutic for these conditions, and more:

• Neck pain

• Low back pain

• Headache

• Migraine

• Jaw pain (TMJ)

• Frozen shoulder

• Sciatica

• Ileotibial band syndrome

• Post surgical and non pathological abdominal pain

• Cervical and lumbar disc syndrome

• Tennis elbow


Dr. Tabitha Werblud specializes in PNT, bringing almost 10 years of expertise in caring for musculoskeletal injuries and complaints.  Dr. Werblud offers no-cost introductory telephone appointments at 206-402-4215.


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