Range of motion of the shoulder was limited on the affected side and this was clearly visible in performing lateral abduction. All in all, her arm would only raise 50% compared to her other arm before pain and restriction would stop her.
Once I had the patient on the acupuncture table I began treatment & released the palpatory abdominal findings as well as what I found to be tight or painful in the shoulder & hip regions. Once the treatment was complete I had the patient stand up and assess how she was feeling and to perform the lateral abduction movement of the shoulder joint. This resulted in her excitement as she could clearly raise her arm considerably further than previously. However, there was still some restriction compared to her ‘good’ shoulder joints range of motion.
It was at this point that I resolved to use a technique Master acupuncturist Kawai had for shoulder or hip pain that involved using the affected meridians wrist/ankle acupuncture points in the form of Yin/Yang pairs. Actually this is a very effective treatment strategy for shoulder or hip pain and essentially you ‘test’ to see which meridians are most affected. For example, in this particular case once the patient got off the acupuncture table there was still about 15% restriction in performing lateral abduction, thus I ‘tested’ and pressed into Yang Xi (LI-5) & Tai Yuan (LU-9) whilst the patient redid the movement. This increased her range of motion to the point that it was equal to that of her unaffected shoulder joint. Hence, in this case it was the Lung/Large intestine Yin/Yang channel pair that was affected and in treating these acupuncture points (needle/magnets) her range of motion was immediately restored in the session. I would like to make a quick note that although the body can respond very quickly in instances as the above mentioned case, the manner in which I have carried out the technique is purely as a symptomatic ‘touch up’ done in the last few minutes of treatment. This is not how Master Kawai would have implemented the technique & in my experience to truly resolve the condition you must always address the constitutional imbalance.
Nevertheless, a week later the patient reported that her shoulder and her mood had been in a good state, yet her range of motion had slowly decreased to around 20% less compared to the full range gained in the initial treatment.
I would like to mention that the Kawai Yin/Yang pairs for the wrist are comprised of LU9 & LI 5, PC 7 & SJ 4 and HT 7 & SI 5. Once the affected meridian/meridians are found through palpation and the subsequent immediate improvement in the patient’s range of motion or experienced pain, Kawai would then needle the acupuncture Yin/Yang pair and attach ion pumping chords (Black on Yang/Red on Yin). However, I personally have not used the ion pumping chords, yet I have found needle/magnets to be effective. Furthermore, I have found that needling the yin/yang pairs and retaining the needles for at least fifteen minutes in treatment & then applying stick on magnets (i.e. Sujok) that the patient keeps on until next treatment to prolong the beneficial effect.
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Giancarlo Nerini - Acupuncturist (Melbourne & Mornington Peninsula)