The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain

To:  All IMS Practitioners

Dear IMS Practitioners

We have the good fortune of learning Dr CC Gunn’s insightful realization that contrary to conventional belief, the primary cause of Chronic Non-Cancer Myofascial Pain is not about Tissue Injury but that of Neuropathy.  The most common location for Neuropathy to occur is that of the nerve root, causing Radiculopathy.  The consequences of Neuropathy is best discerned by Dr Gunn’s published neuropathic signs and best accounted for using Dr Walter Cannon’s principle of Denervation Supersensitivity - an important but neglected physiological principle re-discovered by Dr Gunn.  

More importantly, Dr Gunn also re-introduces an ancient healing tool - a fine needle to correct this difficult painful condition by needling the neuropathic shortened muscles and obtaining the Grasp Response.

After observing a few amazing chiropractors treating their patients on You-tube, I came to realize the importance of a properly aligned spine, sacrum and pelvis moving without hindrance is essential towards optimum health, functioning, efficiency of movements and balance; this often leads to alleviation of Chronic Non-Cancer Myofascial Pain.

To test my thesis, I did a clinical observation over two of my regular clinical days. During those two days, regardless of the locations of the pain the patients complained of, I would only needle the Shorter Thoracolumbar Fascia, guided by the Grasp Response

The result was very encouraging:  87% of the patients treated reported noticeable improvements after one 5-10 minutes’ treatment session.  That took place in February 2019.  

I have been using this straight-forward approach since my realization, and have been getting far better and quicker results than before.  I also noticed that I did not have to treat the head and the extremities as often as I had done before, because by the time I had treated the thoracolumbar fascia, the paraspinal soft tissues, the sacrum, the pelvis, the scalenes and upper trapezius, the symptoms in the extremities and head were much lessened, or resolved.

I name this ilio/sacral/spinal re-alignment using needling, guided by the grasp response: the "Grasp Seeking Re-Alignment Needling (GS RN)".

The following is a power-point presentation on this approach.

I hope all of you will find this helpful and incorporate this straight-forward yet powerful approach into your clinical practice.  

May I take this opportunity to thank Dr CC Gunn for your insightful and invaluable mentorship; and thank you i-STOP for providing this platform to share our experiences.

Dr Allan CP Lam (MD, CGIMS)


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