The M-Test Gentle and Pain Free The M-Test, or Motion Induced Somatic Stress Test, is an innovative acupuncture method used to assess/diagnose and treat a person in pain. It was designed and implemented by a Japanese doctor, Yoshito Mukaino, MD, PhD, in the early 1990's.
The M-Test is a simple diagnostic treatment protocol that illuminates areas of pain and imbalance in the patient's body by assessing quality of movement. Dr. Khalsa will guide you through a series of stretches (the M-Test) to assess your comfort level during the motions. Discomfort while performing a movement indicates an area of imbalance in your body. Acupuncture points are then gently touched while you repeat the impaired movements. When relief is sensed, a small adhesive press-tack is applied to the acupuncture point along the affected meridian. The adhesive press-tacks remain on your body for several hours, or even for several days (until they either fall off or you remove them), which extends your treatment time; it's as if you're bringing your acupuncturist home with you!
When indicated, the Traditional Chinese Medicine long needle technique is utilized.
Please note the size of the small adhesive press-tack used in the M-Test treatment. A 0.3 or 0.6 mm micro needle/tack is embedded in the the tiny adhesive pad.
Studies have shown that you don't have to deeply penetrate the skin to get the same, or even better, effects as with traditional long needle acupuncture, which may be part of your treatment. These tiny press-tacks are rarely felt by even the most sensitive patients.