Many areas of the body are easily accessed by Touch Therapy Techniques, while there are some more challenging to connect effectively. Perhaps the most significant such regions are the Sacroiliac Joints between the Pelvis and Sacrum, which have a large surface area to support the Spine, and little movement (~1mm). Accessing these areas has mostly been the purview of tools like Activators and Percussors, which deliver a single high-velocity mechanical jolt along an intended thrust vector. With some skill, these tools effectively mobilize constrictions, facilitating rehydration and healing of restricted tissues, thereby reenabling these tissues in their functional role. Effectively using an Activator requires experience and a little luck to locate both the optimal location and correct vector of application. Presented here is a tool that is much less expensive, with a short learning curve, and that is often more effective for activation of the healing process. Another advantage is the lower velocity, longer duration application which is more aligned with the natural regenerative mechanisms in our bodies.
The Joggle delivers focused mechanical vibration at a relatively high frequency. Massage tools emit a lower frequency mechanical vibration at a higher amplitude, which is effective for manipulating large areas of soft tissue and mobilizing the Lymphatic System. These longer, lower frequency vibrations pass over articulation restrictions (both sides of the articulation remain synchronized). The Joggle emits a frequency low enough to still be within a mechanical range, but high enough to reverberate inside an articulation, thereby disrupting stagnation. It requires direct contact with a solid attribute of the articulation to transfer the mechanical force. Once making a connection, it is possible to feel the vibration passing along and through the bones and articulations, sometimes more than 12″ away. The small head size and handheld operation make it ideal for getting into areas like the Bile Ducts to get sludge moving. The Joggle simply requires experimentation to discover how it can effectively mobilize restriction and is safe to use within limits (see Caveats below) by those untrained in the Manual Arts.
These higher frequency vibrations are intrinsically disruptive. The vibrations break up congestion and adhesions in soft tissue, similar to how Ultrasound does1. Joggle should, therefore, not be used on actively inflamed tissue. Movement through the range of motion, stretching, and load-bearing is highly recommended during or after application. If congestion is broken up without some form of challenge, the tissue may well just settle back into its default state. It is common for articulations to adjust that are quite distant from the point of application; for example, application to the Sternocostal articulations combined with costal stretching will often generate Cranial Suture adjustments.
The Joggle is an adaptation of the Sonicare Toothbrush, a widely used, easily accessed, relatively inexpensive product foundation (the handle is not included with this product and must be purchased separately(great product for keeping one’s teeth clean too!)). The Sonicare is the ideal rechargeable oscillating power-pack for this product. Joggle is an adaptation of the brush tip to a soft rubber tip that can firmly be pressed safely into the body. The tip is modified to maximize the area of contact. The standard duration of the application is 5-30 seconds per point. I would not bother offering this as a product if it was not surprisingly efficacious.
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ANATOMY WHERE JOGGLE HAS EFFICACY
These are areas that are challenging to approach using Touch Therapy and require a soft, slow “listening” connection or high-velocity techniques. The Joggle offers a third option that can uniquely be integrated with ROM or load-bearing exercise, or stretching for working with the:
- Liver to assist with the mobilization of stagnation
- Sacroiliac Joints
- Articulations of the Feet
- Tendon insertions and Meniscus of the Knees
- Intervertebral Discs
- Sternocostal Joints
- Atlantooccipital Junction
- Cranial Bone sutures (do not use around the eyes)
- Temporal Mandibular Joints
- Sternal / Clavicular and Clavicular / Scapular articulations
POINTERS FOR USE
1) Screw the tip onto the Sonicare power unit as tightly as possible. If it is at all loose, the unit will chatter.
2) Where possible, it is helpful to position or move the articulation during or after application. Experiment with angle, pressure, and duration. You are searching for a combination of these where the vibration translates through the boney structure. The vibration may be felt with the other hand if in contact with that structure.
3) Be Creative! This writer continues to discover new applications for this tool and feels that there are many more yet to be discovered.
- Do not use around the eyes. Just don’t do that. Don’t – ever.
- It can exacerbate inflammation, so if a joint is highly irritated this is not an appropriate therapy option. The writer recommends Near Infrared Therapy for that situation. Once the inflammation has settled the Joggle may be the perfect tool to resolve the underlying issue…
1This writer’s impression is that the wavelength of Ultrasound is too short to disrupt intra-articular adhesions effectively, resulting in decreased efficacy and greater risk of stimulating inflammation than the longer period pressure waves emitted by Joggle.
ENERGY KINESIOLOGY APPLICATION
One use for the Joggle is a treatment for Chapman’s Neurolymphatic Points, which are an integral attribute of Touch for Health. Vigorous rubbing is the prescribed therapeutic intervention for these points. This writer has found that the Joggle is a fast and effective alternative treatment, eliminating the potential hand strain vigorous rubbing confers.
A list of these points and their association to the Acupuncture Meridians:
Another exciting area of exploration is the use of the Sonicare powerpack without a tip for what could be called Electro-Acupuncture. Sonicare emits an oscillating magnetic field, which this writer infers is as effective at stimulating acupuncture meridians as traditional needling. From his experience, he strongly suggests not to try on a meridian requiring sedating.