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 high-velocity mechanical jolt along an intended vector of thrust. With some skill, these tools effectively release constrictions, facilitating rehydration and healing of restricted tissues, thereby restoring these tissues to their functional role. Effectively using an Activator requires experience and a little luck to locate both the optimal point of application and the correct thrust vector. 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.
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. These lower frequency vibrations cross 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 opening it up. 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 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 often will 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. The 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.
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ARTICULATIONS WHERE THE 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:
- 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
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.
- 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 wavelengths emitted by Joggle.
ENERGY KINESIOLOGY APPLICATION
One use for the Joggle is a treatment for Chapman’s Neurolymphatic Points, which requires vigorous rubbing. These points are an integral attribute of Touch for Health. This writer has found that the Joggle is a fast and effective way to treat these points.
A list of these points and their association to the Acupuncture Meridians: