Trigger Points-Trigger points are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. They produce pain locally and in a referred pattern and often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Acute trauma or repetitive microtrauma may lead to the development of stress on muscle fibers and the formation of trigger points. Patients may have regional, persistent pain resulting in a decreased range of motion in the affected muscles. These include muscles used to maintain body posture, such as those in the neck, shoulders, and pelvic girdle. Trigger points may also manifest as tension headache, tinnitus, temporomandibular joint pain, decreased range of motion in the legs, and low back pain.
Tongue Reading-The tongue has many relationships and connections in the body, useful and important during inspection for confirming TCM diagnosis. It can present strong visual indicators of a person’s overall harmony or disharmony. The tongue has a special relationship with the Heart, in that the Heart opens to the tongue. The tongue is said to be an “offshoot” of the Heart, or “flowers” into the Heart. The normal tongue in Traditional Chinese Medicine has a light red or pinkish body with a thin white coating.
Pulse Pattern Recognition-Pulse-reading is an aspect of the medicine that, for most, requires many years (decades, lifetimes) of practice in order to master. It requires great energetic sensitivity — a capacity to “listen” very deeply. The pulse can be used to gain a deep understanding of the patient on many levels. “Mastering” pulse diagnosis is difficult without the guidance of a skilled teacher. Even at basic levels, however, the pulse provides immediate and specific information that can help clarify contradictory diagnostic information and symptomology.
Energy Balancing-The life force, or Qi (pronounced chee), is the energy by which life exists. Our Qi is both inherited and produced from our food, the sun, the air and water. It is the vital energy that supports all functions of the body, mind, and spirit. This life energy permeates the entire body in an organized system of channels called the meridians.There are 12 primary meridians which correspond to internal organs. When there is an imbalance of chi energy along these meridians, illness, pain, or dis-ease can result. Acupuncture points along these pathways can be stimulated to open up the channel, remove the blockage, and balance the flow of energy. In this aspect, acupuncture is a true science of ‘energy balancing.”