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  1. steve c

    You have no training. Stop trying to be an Acupuncturist

  2. Mathew Hale

    Dude, they are the same thing dressed up in a different language thousands of years and cultures apart. When you speak of releasing muscles and stimulating nerves and blood flow to promote healing – that is identical to the concept of Qi. Qi is a metaphor (among other things) for "circulating energy" – blood, lymph and electrical conduction (ie nerves and vessels) which are hampered, impeded or 'blocked/stagnated'.

    Accurately needling the soft tissues enfolding these structures releases them and removes pressure and tension from the neves and vessels so that they may function without restriction or 'flow freely' to translate into TCM. Obviously, reduced muscle tension will also pull less on damaged tissue, ligaments, joints, etc and thus alleviate pain in this regard too.

    Remember, it's the same body both systems are talking about, they just use a different language and a different map. However, they use an identical tool to treat it – an acupuncture needle. This tool is a precision instrument designed to get inside the body without damaging it and once there, to facilitate a change. That change can be as simple as flicking a switch from on to off. Or it can be made as complex as fuck by dressing it up in the esoteric jargon of neurotransmitters and zhang fu.

    Neither system is a wholly accurate description of the body. They are maps to help us visualise/explain what we are doing – but the map is not the terrain and the maps will no doubt further change with future knowledge. Investigate for yourself. Study the traditional points and see their anatomical rationale. Notice how precisely they fit key anatomical areas to within a fingertip. This is a perfect place to start and to teach students how to find them. The rest comes with feel, with experience and further learning until you almost perfect your own unique style of how to understand, diagnose, treat and explain what you are doing. Then it will be your map, my friend.

  3. iLuca17

    "You know?"

  4. joscofe

    not a black and white thing here, guy. There has been acupuncture done to muscle bellies, tendons, and areas of "stagnation" ( palpable indurations, fibrous, nodular, etc…) for thousands of years. Even manipulating to get the twitch response is a common technique under specific indications. Sure the paradigm acupuncturists work within is different, but the techniques used within dry needling have been used by acupuncturists within the last couple thousand years. To think that physical therapists are doing something different because they are doing it under the auspices of "modern western medical knowledge is ridiculous and actually offensive. If you go to China you will find doctors, in hospitals, using techniques identical to dry needling.

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