Guide to Acupuncture and Massage Therapy
There is a belief underlying Chinese medical practices and this is the Chinese meridian system of the body which looks upon the human body as an energy highway. This meridian systems helps us to understand how blood and body fluids permeate the entire body, and an overall energy distribution system. This Chinese meridian system is very much different from the circulatory system that we understand and that western doctors use to characterize the anatomy and physiology of our bodies, since in this meridian system there are invisible channels where a practitioner of Chinese medicine can pinpoint and access, otherwise called acupoints of the body, that they use to help the patient in the healing process. They believe that the body has the ability to heal itself so they simply help the patient’s body to heal itself.
Inserting a thin, hair-like needle in the acupoints, or massage it with a firm pressure are the two ways to stimulate an acupoint. To get a stronger stimulation of the body’s innate healing ability, one should choose acupuncture, rather than acupressure, but many people think that acupuncture is too invasive. Deep-tissue massage, laser acupuncture, cupping, and qua sha are some of the other common therapeutic methods considered under acupressure.
People in the east look at acupuncture as a spiritual treatment since it stimulates a person’s life energy which flows through a network of meridians in the body which makes the body well and healthy. Illness, according to traditional practitioners, is the result of having your life energy hindered from flowing freely through your body. However, westerners take it more scientifically saying that the stimulation of the nerves beneath the skin produces pain-relieving substances. The substances produces reduces existing pain and over time, the central pain response of the body is altered and it also reduces chronic pain.
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Acupuncture and other practices which do not use needles, uses the same points on the body and have similar philosophies that come from traditional Chinese medicine but they involve more of hand manipulation of the patient and some other modalities.
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When a therapist uses any modality, they target either the local points or the trigger point. Local points are the actual spot on the body where the patient is experiencing pain or discomfort. Trigger points, on the other hand, are those points connected to the local points. These two targeted points that needs to be manipulated however is derived from the standpoint of the patient’s problem.
If you have an issue with pain or movement problem and are wondering if manipulating your acupoint might be able to help you, It is worth trying any of the two methods.