Acupuncture’s success in this field is so strong that other health professionals are claiming to be acupuncturists. Physiotherapists dry needle trigger points (Knots in the muscle) and some General Practitioners are now referring to acupuncturists for musculoskeletal trauma.
As acupuncturists we do three things primarily:
- Release the tight muscles around the injured site and strengthen the weak ones,
- Control the release of neuropeptides from nerve endings acting as an analgesic or stopping pain – (Zhao 2008, Ma 2004, Zijilstra 2003), and
- We dispose of inflammation (move stagnant blood and Qi, vasodilative actions) and bring fresh blood and Qi to the site, allowing for nourishment and a faster recovery.
Acupuncture can also accelerate bone recovery with fractures (after bones have been re-set).
With a strong understanding of channel pathways one can manipulate the shoulder joint at the hand, wrist or lower leg. Distal points are imperative to 99% of treatment. We use moxibustion to either remove inflammation from acute conditions, or drive heat into the site for chronic conditions. With all serious muscle tendon and bone trauma, investigations are essential and one should bring them the to the consultation.
Expect serious conditions to take more than five treatments, with ongoing periodic work thereafter. With some serious structural complaints, surgery may be the only solution, but acupuncture can help in postoperative recovery and pain management.
Acupuncture also works exceptionally well in conjunction with your chiropractor, osteopath or musculoskeletal (remedial massage) therapist.