I recently attended the Scottish conference for the acupuncture association for chartered physiotherapists. It was a fantastic day. There were speakers on traditional Chinese acupuncture, acupuncture in sport, experts in the field of headaches and migraines and finally acupuncture and the human body’s connective tissue – fascia.
The good news that the scientific research in acupuncture is growing all the time. It is now an evidence based treatment for chronic low back pain, migraines and headaches for example. There are clinical guidelines supporting the use of acupuncture for these problems published by NICE (National institute for clinical excellence). Better still, a recent review of 11 studies suggests acupuncture can help fibromyalgia suffers (clinical rheumatology, vol 31 number 1, 2012, 55-66.)
Even better news is that we are a step closer to understanding how this ancient technique works. We know it effectively switches off pain centres in the brain but we don’t really understand the mechanism….until now….
Over the last few years we have discovered that the ancient acupuncture meridians can be mapped to the human fascial trains (connective tissue that holds us together).
For example this superficial back train of human fascial tissue ( on the left ) maps pretty exactly to the Chinese ‘bladder’ meridian if you look at the dark blue of the diagram on the right.
There are 12 meridians and there is a close match to all.
The even better news is that I am a qualified and registered acupuncture physiotherapist. I am qualified to treat any musculoskeletal complaint with acupuncture. I have treated many patients within the clinic with this (necks,backs, ankles, headaches/migraines, shoulders, knees ) and with much success, so don’t hesitate to book in for an assessment.