Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
People today are very familiar with acupuncturists that needle into the skin at various sites. What is less commonly known is that this is just one system of dry trigger point needling. In fact the earliest medicinal agents archaeologists have found were located in Europe in the bogs that can preserve organic matter for thousands of years. What did they find? Of course some herbs in a satchel, but they also found a bone-needle acupuncture like device. There are a variety of approaches to trigger point acu-needling. For example the zone methods of Fitzgerald, or Heads Zones, or Travells, Chapmans, etc. Many of these systems have identified locations similar to those in Chinese Medicine.
By inserting very thin completely sterile disposable needles at various sites on the body the flow of blood and biological energy through the area is enhanced. If we imagine that the flow of blood and nerve energy in the body is much like a garden hose, and that if the hose is kinked we have inadequate flow of blood and nerve energy to the organs and tissues, remembering that organs and tissues need a proper flow of blood and nerve energy for proper function, we can understand then that the role of trigger point needling is to release these kinks and to unblock the flow of the blood and nerve energy and restore function to the organs and tissues.
Of course, internationally over several thousand years a variety of ‘reflex’ sites have been identified that can treat apparently unrelated parts of the body. For example treating the shin for problems in the opposite shoulder. This is not magic but sound physiology if we remember that the body has an elaborate sheet of connective tissue of various layers. If we hold down the corner of a sheet on a bed or a picnic table – what will happen at the opposite corner? It becomes restricted. If we loosen up the restriction, even though it may seem far away from the problem, we can have wonderful benefits in restoring range of motion, reducing pain, and speeding up a more complete healing.