Monday, April 28, 2008

What is Gokavi Transverse Technique (GTT Acupuncture)

GTT Acupuncture is a dry needling acupuncture technique combined with with high frequency electrical stimulation. It is said to be very useful in the treatment and management of chronic myofascial pain release. Typically, GTT Acupuncture technique involves two stages. In stage 1, acupuncture needles are inserted in a specific transverse direction to form a special circuit enclosing the area of pain. The needles are electrically stimulated at two different high frequencies. The end result of this treatment is relaxation and analgesia of the muscles involved. The high frequency electrical stimulation activates skin and muscle receptors. The propoents of the method proposes that the high frequency electrical stimulation also causes the midbrain to bypass the endorphin system and causes the release of serotonin and norepinephrine. This suppresses the transmission of pain causing an analgesic effect. In stage 2, the dry needling is done in a transverse direction. Since the muscle is already relaxed as a result of the treatment in stage 1, the therapist can lift the muscle and needle the muscle through its entire thickness releasing spasms and trigger points. Deeper layers of muscles are accessible in this two step process that is available in conventional acupuncture. The stage 2 treatment increases the mobility and reduce the pain. The transverse needling employed in GTT acupuncture is safe, reliable and effective. The soothening pain relief obtained, causes a significant improvement in patient compliance and tolerance to the dry needling. This produces dramatic and long term effects. GTT Acupuncture is especially effective in the treatment of patients suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain.