An Alternative to Narcotics?

An Alternative to Narcotics?


Millions of people are suffering from pain. Sometimes it is from accidents and sometimes it is a consequence of surgery or an illness. Treatment is traditionally to take pain pills (narcotics). Some only need to take these highly addictive narcotics for a limited time and then can stop taking them. Others find that the only way to control the pain is to continue taking the pain pills and because they are highly addictive just like heroin, they become dependent and/or addicted to the painkillers.

Many of the dependent and/or addicted people find that they also have to take more and more of the pain pills to keep from going into painful withdrawals and to feel the same relief. As they take more and more of the narcotics, they find they are less and less able to function in life, which creates many problems with their spouses and families.

It is easy to say that one must stop taking narcotics before it is too late. However, if one has the choice of being immobilized by pain or taking narcotics, they will likely choose the narcotics—despite the horrible side effects.


Novus is very successful at helping people withdraw from painkillers. However, if they still have terrible pain, are they going to be able to stay off the painkillers?

We believe that Novus has the responsibility to help our patients find alternatives to painkillers. When we find a type of treatment that seems to produce real results we will recommend it.

In this newsletter, I want to introduce you to Al Meilus. Al has developed a type of muscular therapy that is achieving impressive results. On his website, there are testimonials from pro golfers, baseball players, hockey players and many others. The following is taken from his website at

Meilus Muscular Therapy Method is a revolutionary method of treating injuries, relieving aches and pains, and dramatically improving athletic performance. Unlike other therapy methods that usually focus more on relieving the discomfort associated with a muscular disorder, Meilus Muscular Therapy Method takes an engineering approach by fixing the problem.

What does engineering have to do with pain and sports performance? Everything. Our musculoskeletal system is a series of cables (muscles) working to operate a variety of levers (bones). When one of the cables shortens, it affects the entire system and causes pain in the joint and in the muscles and tissue surrounding that joint.

As a muscular therapist, Al studies the human body from an engineer’s perspective and sees which cables operate which levers during normal activity. With a thorough understanding of how healthy muscles and joints should interact, Al can diagnose and treat malfunctions in the system using basic physics rather than guesswork.

The premise is very simple:

  • If the muscle is hard, it is shortened.
  • If you move against a shortened muscle, it hurts!
  • If the muscle is shortened, you have moved the fulcrum of a lever system. Range of motion is lost. Power is lost.
  • If the muscle is shortened, it has lactic acid in it. It will be tender to the touch.
  • If you move quickly or are pushed quickly against a shortened muscle, you will tear the muscle or dislocate the joint.

How Does Muscular Therapy Work?

When muscles are overworked or traumatized by injury, they produce waste products such as lactic acid. Healthy muscles rid themselves of these chemicals by passing them into the bloodstream. Muscles repeatedly overexerted or severely injured begin to lose their natural ability to cleanse themselves. The result is a harmful buildup of waste, a sort of slow poisoning of your muscles. This buildup restricts normal blood flow causing muscles to contract and become stiff and achy. If ignored long enough, the problem can develop into chronic pain as well as skeletal and neurological disorders.

Meilus Muscular Therapy Method helps unhealthy or exhausted muscles by ridding the tissue of waste, restoring normal blood flow, and allowing the muscle to relax and lengthen to its normal state. In order to achieve these results, the therapist applies pressure to an aggravated muscle or group of muscles, triggering a reaction that begins the healing process.

Athletes are not the only people who overexert their muscles, and people who have suffered a traumatic injury are not the only ones with damaged tissue. Everyone from an auto mechanic to a typist, has, at one time or another, overexerted or injured themselves and ended up with sore hands, a sore back, or some other pain. It’s when those aches become chronic or begin to hinder your performance that they need to be addressed. Meilus Muscular Therapy Method can help.


The Meilus Muscular Therapy may not work for you but taking narcotics to cover up the symptoms of pain should only be the last resort after all other attempts to treat the cause have failed. Visit Al’s website and see if Al’s information makes sense to you. Call Al’s office and ask any questions you have. There are clinics in different parts of the country that use Al’s methods and equipment.

Paula and I have been treated by Al and are quite happy with the resulting alleviation of tension, discomfort and better posture. While we were not experiencing the kind of pain suffered by many of our patients, we met people there who no longer felt the intense and debilitating pain they had before receiving treatment from Al.

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