Physical Therapist Caren Lieberman, who runs Physical Therapy Studio out of her home uses Amino Neuro Frequency Therapy or ANF on her patients. The therapy is based on the idea that the body is full of frequencies that are disrupted when there’s pain or inflammation. "All we’re doing is giving the body resources to help itself heal."
Invented in Europe by Dr. Mikel HG Hoff, this holistic approach is slowly catching on in the U.S., where it’s FDA approved. Caren Lieberman is one of three people practicing it in Los Angeles.
Lieberman says "Pretty much, within the first visit we can get a reduction in pain of about 50 percent."
One patient, Jessie Plotkin, regularly makes the trek from Orange County to Studio City for therapy. She’s suffered with chronic pelvic pain for the last three and a half years.
Lieberman says "The first time Jessie came to see me, almost all the nerves were lit up." Tiny discs were placed on various parts of Plotkin's body ater checking for major areas of pain. Each disc has its own purpose and frequency, activated by heat in the body.
Lieberman explains "When our body has learned the frequencies, inflammation comes down, pain comes down. Pretty much, within the first visit we can get a reduction in pain of about 50 percent."
Plotkin was skeptical at first, but figured she had nothing to lose. "I’ve had multiple nerve blocks, two surgeries, and nothing has really helped me get out of that pain," she said.
Before the therapy, her pain level was typically an 8. "My best day, it was down to a 2 and that was for a couple hours," she said.
Plotkin expressed, "Just the fact that I can bring the pain down a little bit with these is really cool. I think if you’re just open minded, you’d be amazed with what these can do."
ANF Therapy continues to surprise Lieberman, who's only been using the procedure for the last few years. Since then, she has seen some remarkable results.
"For people that can’t take pain meds or that don’t want to take pain meds, or use chemicals," Lieberman said. "It’s a simple thing."
A simple but unusual procedure patients say is improving their lives.