To the original poster. I also have a skeptical demeanor. Griner also has a skeptical demeanor. Unlike you and I, though, I believe Griner pulled straight As at Purdue in Engineering and then designed experiments for NASA at JPL. I have found him to be a very intelligent, factual, and reasonable person. He only deals with physiological facts. I have found everything he has told me to play out in physiological reality. I do not speak for him. These are my experiences and opinions. Read his book for a complete explanation.
First, the website you link to is not his website. That website is administrated by his neurosoma instructor. His website is http://www.biopulser.com.
Second, you obviously haven’t even read the book. However, I have read the book (made complete sense to me) and I have been treated by him 25 times. I will only relate here what I have actually experienced. I have only been treated by him, so I cannot comment on any other practitioner of this technique.
He makes no promises of results; he only promises to practice his technique. However, he has delivered only significant positive results EVERY time I have seen him over the last 4 years. I once went 1 1/2 years between treatments with little degradation (which was reversed out plus more positive results in the visit following the layoff). Another time I didn’t see him for 12 months(same deal). I did this intentionally to determine if this treatment was BS; it’s not. Stop practicing yoga or stretching for this amount of time(I’ve done this). You will have PAIN because you are stretching your tendons while tightening the muscle. When you quit, the tendon shortens revealing a shortened muscle that will cause you pain. It makes you worse to a degree dependent on how aggressive it was. My pain is little now and, eventually, will be non-existent. My range of motion is way greater than when I began. It increases with each visit I make to him and each self-treatment with my Biopulser. This “silly gizmo” is amazingly effective. He encourages you to do as much as you can for yourself. He wants you to get well, so you don’t have to see him much.
The basis of his treatment is to stimulate feedback nerves in the muscle spindle to cause the release of lactic acid in the muscle. The reason why your muscles cannot relax at a certain point is because trauma or overuse causes so much lactic acid to buildup in the muscle that the signals from the nerves cannot get through to the brain to tell the muscle to release it. The Biopulser vibrates the muscle according to a biological constraint and excites the spindles to release lactic acid. The specific hand technique wipes away the lactic acid. The muscle has layers and he has to release it layer-by layer. This is a simplified explanation. Again, read the book.
I had seen every “doctor” I could think of for bad leg/back pain I had for 15 years 24/7 before someone suggested him. None of the others could do anything for me, but take my money. Some examples of my experience are chiropractic, stretching/yoga/egoscue method (all the same concept), orthopedics, orthopedic surgeons, reflexologists, other forms of massage. None of these relax your muscles; I didn’t try surgery.
He began by being asked by a group of chiropractors to verify their technique and he couldn’t verify it scientifically. He became curious. His investigation of the pain problem is what eventually led to his discovery of this technique. He has developed it over 40 years and is himself a prime example of the effectiveness of his work.
This guy is not a doctor; I would consider him an engineer/scientist. By the way, the next time you go to a pain doctor or surgeon and he says he can fix your pain problem, offer to pay double , if successful, or nothing, if not. Then sit back and listen to the stuttering and backtracking. They always seemed so confident a minute before that. I found they don’t like a lot of questions. This guy has an intelligent answer or admits what he doesn’t know for every one of my questions.
Chiropractic IS hooey. Griner agrees with you, although he uses other terminology to describe it. Your muscles hold your bones in place or not the other way around. Looking at it in lay terms, how could jerking your muscles relax them. It will only tighten them further and release enough endorphins to keep you out of pain for a short while. Next time you “jam” your finger, pull on it and let me know how that eventually turns out. Please don’t, because I already know the outcome. You will too, all over your body, if you do chiropractic. Vibrating and coaxing the muscle makes more sense to me and bears out in my reality.
The other forms of massage I experienced were hooey. They only release endorphins for temporary relief (thus soothing?). Meanwhile, your muscles get tighter each time ever so slightly that will eventually lead to a wonderful pain that won’t go away in the future. Oh yeah, and it will return in about a day or two almost (and eventually) as bad or worse than before you were treated.
To the later poster. The bulging disc was aggravated by the chiropractic, but the bulk was your excessive contraction of muscle with UPS. A muscle has enough oxygen to contract for 6 seconds, then it needs a 5 second rest. Otherwise, lactic acid is building until permanent contraction. Getting the biopulser and using it CORRECTLY should do wonders. Physical Therapy. Doing more strenuous exercises will cure what was caused by too much exertion?
First poster. I think you have a sense of humor. Certainly, your wife and mother-in-law do.
Your mother-in-law is describing her situation accurately and so she now knows with complete accuracy that her daughter married an idiot. She also can tell you don’t think very highly of her. Show my post to her and she’ll tell you that everything I said is true. I really mean no offense and wish you all the best.