No. Many methods trigger SNS discharge of repressed emotional trauma. Some of these trigger emotion discharge for pain relief, but not SNS pain discharge observed in the Arneson Method.
Blocked, painful emotion is contained mainly in muscle tension, i.e. a stable stress response. Chronic muscle tension is prone to painful spasm. Tension also tends to pull vertebrae out of alignment, which may cause pain remedied by spinal manipulation. In some methods, a volume of emotion is discharged that was bound in chronic tension; the SNS discharge mechanism is triggered, expels the emotion, relaxes tension, and thus permits permanent pain relief that is otherwise unobtainable without body-oriented psychotherapy or related method. In all its manifestations, the SNS discharge mechanism is designed specifically to relax the stress response.
In contrast, the Arneson Method was developed to target injury-related, residual stress response and pain, while carefully avoiding emotion discharge. Pain and emotion discharge employ the same SNS mechanism, but the benefits are quite different. For example, one could enjoy spontaneous behavior improvement owing to multiple emotion discharges from the neck and back, yet never access local pain discharge that affords permanent pain relief following neck or back injuries. Also, since the injury produced a single “layer” of trauma, a single discharge is needed for resolution, whereas many layers from years of emotional trauma may be bound in the same area.
The closest known relative to the Arneson Method was described in Dr. Andrew Weil’s bestseller, Spontaneous Healing. The renowned osteopath, Dr. Robert Fulford, used subtle manipulation techniques to trigger small, painless discharges from several areas of the body, for patients with pain and other disorders. He called it “release” of injury “shock.” Fulford was famous for curing chronic pain, often in a single session. Other osteopaths have unsuccessfully attempted to reproduce Fulford’s effects.
There are several types of SNS discharge. In the Arneson Method, the discharge mechanism is fully engaged in a forceful, mildly painful contraction of the injury site, followed by immediate pain cessation. Often, receivers feel a squeezing sensation from inside the injury site during discharge, indicating an involuntary contraction that occurs three-dimensionally through all tissues in that area. No other method elicits the same effect. While Fulford’s method deserves extensive analysis, I suspect that the benefit potential is greater for the full-on discharge observed in the Arneson Method, as opposed to minor blips of tension release. Interestingly, in the Arneson Method, SNS pain discharge occurs only in the injury site, even when surrounding areas have severe pain precipitated by the original injury. This observation confirms that the actual problem is the injury “memory” (residual stress response) contained in the original injury site. However, during the session, surrounding areas (plus painless old injury sites) relax comprehensively, making the session rather a full-body treatment.