When talking about acupuncture it is hard to not discuss Qi and the movement of Qi along the meridians of the body. Qi is considered the life force. It is an intangible substance that can be felt as a temperature change, an electrical movement of energy, or visualized as a light emanating through the body. It is found in the substance of the bone, fascia, muscles, tendons, organs, blood, and brain to name a few of the areas Qi energy passes through. The 12 main meridians are considered the thoroughfare by which qi energy runs throughout; traversing the body from head to toe and from chest to hands. Acupuncture points are found along these meridians and needles tend to be placed in these well documented points to relieve pain, discomfort, numbness, and or other emotional issues.
Different styles of acupuncture along with different needling patterns can be helpful for a multitude of health conditions. Acupuncture is practiced widely on its own or in combination with medical care.
Japanese Structural Acupuncture (based off of the Kiiko Matsumoto style) which is a palpation based approach relying on feedback from the patient in regards to release of energetic points related to the body’s meridians.
Needling is done with a finer gauge needle than Traditional Chinese Medicine style. The experience tends to be painless or a slight pinch in nature. The examination initially starts with examination of the “Hara” or abdomen of the patient which helps elicit an understanding of the balance of the meridians that are the foundation for this style of treatment approach. Moxibustion is commonly used in this style of acupuncture.
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