The procedure of MUA originated with orthopedic surgeons and osteopathic physicians in the 1930’s, and was initially used mainly to treat spinal pain in a single session. Since then, as the technology of anesthesia has developed and multi-disciplinary physicians collaborated, the practice of MUA has evolved.
In the 1980’s, anesthetics began to be administered to more patients more often, as it was more widely available, better understood and cheaper. This meant that the previous side effects such as nausea and prolonged unconsciousness were no longer an issue for those practicing MUA and the patient base grew rapidly. Chiropractic physicians, due to their expertise in the fields of spinal biomechanics and soft tissue structures, became greatly involved in the practice, and MUA evolved into a multi-session practice for more and more ailments involving experts from many different fields.
As these physicians collaborated, they began to realize that MUA in conjunction with fibrous release procedures (MUA-FRP) was far safer and biochemically friendly than previous treatments for the same conditions. As the expertise level and knowledge base surrounding MUA grew, so did the benefits for the patients, and MUA is now utilized in the treatment of many physical conditions across the world.