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  • Writer's pictureDr. Brian Lum

A New Technique For Chronic Illness, Pain & Injury: How TTAPS Can Speed Up Healing

Updated: Feb 2, 2022

A technique I now offer in my clinic is a modification of a technique devised by Dr. Bonebreak (not kidding - thats his name). It's called TTAPS, and it is a nerve function modulation manual treatment.

When combined with my visceral soft tissue treatment, it has been successful in reducing or eliminating the symptoms of many chronic conditions (like autoimmune disease).

It also facilitates healing and can permanently resolve injuries (old and new) as well as musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Some of the most dramatic improvements are on those patients with any kind of pain or restriction of movement. Many experience a full resolution of symptoms before they leave my office.

Modified TTAPS is now offered in combination with all of my soft tissue treatments.

an artists rendering of the human body. text overlay saying a new natural treatment for pain and chronic illness TTAPS technique

What Happens In Cases Of Chronic Illness?

When you get a flu or a cold, your body pillages nutrient stores to supply its increased need for fuel. After two weeks of being sick there are measurable deficiencies and imbalances.

These deficiencies make you feel tired and run down, its often why it takes you an additional week to fully recover.

In the case of chronic illness, your body has been raiding these stores for months, even years.

The inflammation caused by chronic conditions causes your body to be in a constant struggle to maintain normal function and repair ongoing damage.

I have yet to see a case of chronic illness in which the person is not significantly depleted of nutrients and has at least one organ system that is struggling to keep up.

This systemic depletion can take many forms.

The Strain Of Chronic Illness

A person with gestational diabetes may have developed hypothyroidism, which then develops into a collection of other new symptoms.

As the body struggles under the strain of illness it grabs resources from more and more places. It often becomes sensitized to foods and environmental toxins.

The person may start to get migraines or depression.

The body, already inflamed, now has a hard time balancing hormones, filtering its blood and handling stress.

Instead of your body struggling at each stage with limited resources and organ function, my soft tissue treatments can assess and optimize organ function.

Essentially, my soft tissue treatment is a tool is to assess and modify organ function at the source so we can break the downward trend of chronic illness and give natural treatments a chance to take hold.

Soft Tissue Treatment Can Help Organ Function

Referral points are located all over the body. These points are not just 'one way' indicators of function, they are 'two way' communicators.

Dr. Lum performing TTAPS treatment on a patient's foot
Using a small rounded tool (NOT a needle) Dr. Lum can stimulate referral points

We use this nerve highway to affect changes in the body.

As an example, there are points on your toes that correspond to gall bladder function.

When pressed at the correct location, a full or inflamed gall bladder will cause this point to be painful.

When this point is stimulated correctly, the patient can feel gallbladder function improve.

Your organs and glands need 4 things in order to function at their best to keep you healthy:

1. Good Communication

2. Optimal Blood Flow

3. Optimal Lymph Flow

4. The Right Fuel

My technique identifies and treats miscommunication between the brain and the organ to get that organ to function better.

Often, people with underlying infections or who have trouble with day-to-day detoxification (like those with the MTHFR gene variant) have symptoms of poor liver function following a few weeks of bad diet, sleep deprivation or high stress.

These symptoms, like headaches and lethargy, are immediately cleared when the liver is stimulated using my techniques.

This is because the treatment regulates blood flow to the organs and gets rid of fluid buildup both at the organ and cellular level. Energy is restored and the headaches go away.

Importantly, the symptoms do not go away because we covered them up, we stimulated healthy liver function at its source, resolving the problem entirely.

Treatment Accelerates Healing From Injuries

I recently treated a young girl who had twisted her ankle at gymnastics. After two weeks the tenderness was still there and there was significant bruising.

Her general practitioner gave her an ankle brace and told her parents to ice it when it became painful.

Once I felt the foot I could feel that the arch had fallen and the smaller bones were 'stuck' and pushed up into the ankle. With a gentle treatment, I loosened the bones that were not moving to restore her arch.

If she had not been treated her foot and ankle would have most likely been affected for decades. Her altered biomechanics would have eventually caused her muscle and joint problems in the future.

After an injury like this as a child or as an adult, it is common to develop a limp, knee pain, neck pain, and headaches because muscles that became dormant because of an injury never fully reactivated.

If not corrected, these new pains can become permanent.

Soft tissue treatment not only helps injuries heal - it reestablishes normal motion in the body to prevent injury related pain.

Physical therapy, muscle therapy, massage, are all fantastic therapies to assist in healing but they do not address physical trauma at a fundamental level.

Much of the pain people associate with 'getting older' is actually the residual effects of a lifetime of compounded injuries that were not properly treated.

Soft Tissue Treatments Can Heal Old Injuries

Let's say you have an old back injury that keeps flaring up. When you have a rich meal, too much sugar, are under stress or the weather changes - the pain gets worse. It seems like it is always in the background of your life.

When this injury was new, your nerves were sending messages of pain to your brain so that you didn't move too much while your back could heal.

The muscles around those movements strengthened and subtly realigned to compensate for your limited movement. These 'habits' persisted even after your original injury.

soft tissue treatment on an inflamed back
Treating skeletal alignment is only half of the problem! Muscle moves bone AND bone moves muscle!

Now, your muscles guide your bones to move in a way that is not aligned with the rest of your movement.

This misalignment effects more muscles and bones that are further and further away from the injury site - potentially causing aches, pains, headaches, joint stiffness and hip soreness.

To solve this problem I would first assess your back injury to see if it is a bone (a healed fracture), disc (a herniated disc) or muscle (torn or pulled) issue.

Then I realign any vertebrae or ribs that are out of place.

After the bones are realigned I reactivated dormant muscles.

The reason why chiropractic treatments on their own sometimes do not last very long is that when you only treat the bone, the muscle (still in its old way of moving) will pull the bone back into its old dysfunctional place.

After I reactivate dormant muscles I assess if the bone and muscles have impaired the function of the organs underneath. I treat any imbalances I find and reassess until normal function is established.

Past Injuries Can Play A Role In Illness

Past injuries almost always play a role in hindering organ function. Depending on the severity and location, trauma to your skin, bone and muscle can potentially impact every organ in your body.

Treating past injury sites and old scars can have life altering implications for your overall health.

As an example, C-section scars over the lower abdomen can affect colon function. This impaired organ function can cause or contribute to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms like stomach cramping, constipation and diarrhea.

Treating the lower abdomen can significantly reduce or eliminate these symptoms.

Comprehensive Healing

Soft tissue treatment is a part of the functional medicine treatment I give my patients.

Your body provides an intricate network that, once utilized properly, can be a primary tool in healing from injury, chronic illness, or any kind of complex condition.

Soft tissue treatment is administered at no extra charge at every new patient appointment.

If you would like to speak to me to ask questions about functional medicine, soft tissue treatment or how I can help you, please schedule a Free 15 Minute Consultation or call or text my office at 913-728-5291.

My clinic offers functional medicine appointments as well as manual treatments. I do online consultations for those out-of-state or outside of the United States.


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