The M-Test The M-Test, or Motion Induced Somatic Stress Test, is an innovative and new acupuncture method 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. Active acupuncture points are then gently touched while the patient repeats the impaired movements. When relief is sensed, a small adhesive press-tack (with a 0.3mm or a 0.6mm needle) 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.