Acupuncture clinical snapshot with explanation ...
When I assess an individual from a structural perspective I pay special attention to the feet, reason being is that they are the ‘base’ that connects us to the floor we walk on. I observe how the feet naturally fall whilst an individual is lying supine on the treatment table, any issues that present at this level will give me a good idea what to expect as I travel further up the body. Furthermore, observing the natural ‘fall’ of the foot will guide any specific acupuncture treatment I may need to implement to correct any foot malposition present. It goes without saying that issues with the positioning of the feet can cause an adaptive cascade involving certain muscles contracting in a compensatory way, which over time can lead to issues with the knees, pelvic imbalances, back pain, neck pain & much more…
The pelvic region is my next major relay station that I assess through palpation and address via acupuncture. I pay close attention to the inguinal ligament and release any associated tightness and pressure pain present from the ASIS to the pubic symphysis. I also address the sacroiliac region and PSIS region. Treating this region allows for a beautiful realignment of the pelvic girdle and thus is extremely important in the amelioration of musculoskeletal disorders as well as fertility. The reason I say fertility is that in some cases a pelvic shift and the subsequent slight ‘pull’ exerted on the broad ligament of the uterus can be enough to create a misalignment of the fallopian tube/fimbriae in relation to the ovaries and thus impact on the ‘uptake’ of the ovulated oocyte.
I would like to add that in my acupuncture practice I find treating and releasing the pelvic girdle effects the whole structural alignment of the body in an amazing way. Whether I’m treating back pain, lower limb neuropathy, or shoulder or neck issues I am always amazed at the benefits gained through treating the pelvic region.
Another key relay station that I address is the neck and upper shoulder region. This area is of paramount importance to assess and address through palpation/acupuncture and release any tightness or pressure pain present. The neck serves as among other things, a neurovascular ‘bridge’ from the head to the body & vice versa, it is an integral area to address when dealing with total body structural alignment and in doing so its subsequent beneficial effects can relate to the amelioration of neck pain, migraines, upper limb dysfunction (i.e thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel…) and much more…
I would like to note that I use the term ‘relay stations’ in describing the anatomical regions I assess and address through acupuncture to realign the body structurally for an important reason. Reason being, is that within the articulations mentioned above we have proprioceptors which are specialised nerves that relay information of body position to the CNS and subsequently initiate bodily position adjustments based on the input received. This is why a contracted quadratus lumborum muscle can cause a unilateral pelvic tilt which in turn causes knee pain due to the muscular compensatory cascade initiated. Or why a discrepancy in the ‘fall’ of the right foot in relation to the left foot can initiate a neuromuscular cascade that causes the upper fibres of the trapezius to unilaterally contract (to maintain a level head position) yet result in neck pain and migraines.
The beauty of acupuncture is that through the meridian system we are able to use distal acupuncture points and release these proximal & distal locations and thus regulate the total structural alignment of the body. Along with this ‘alignment’ comes the regulation and improvement in blood, lymph & meridian flow as well as the muscular relief and associated systemic benefits discussed above.
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Giancarlo Nerini - Licensed Acupuncturist