TREATMENTS | MUSCULO-SKELETAL CONDITIONS
Acupuncture is best known for its treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. It has been recognized by the medical profession as being clinically effective for conditions as diverse as dental pain, tension headaches and osteo-arthritis of the knee. It can be effective for both the pain and restriction of movement associated with conditions such as osteo-arthritis. Japanese acupuncture has a wide range of specialist techniques and treatment approaches to address these problems.
In Manaka's yin yang balancing system, the root treatment releases tight and tender points and areas in the musculature on the front and back of the body. This brings about a better balance between the anterior, posterior, superior, inferior and medial and lateral aspects of the body, thus bringing the body's structure into better alignment. This not only affects the musculoskeletal structure, but also the internal organs.
Moxa techniques (warming a herb called Mugwort, on the body) are used for both acute and chronic conditions to help to relax tight muscles and deal with the effect of inflammation.
Sotai and channel stretching exercises also help to bring the body into alignment by releasing tight and restricted areas, often showing on one side of the body.
Cupping is used as an adjunctive therapy to acupuncture. The action of creating a vacuum inside the cups, draws the flesh up inside the cup, stimulating circulation to the underlying musculature.
The use of intra-dermal needles and press spheres reinforces the treatment and continues to work in between treatments. As well as using points local to the area of the problem, hand and ear acupuncture can be applied very effectively as there are points in the ear and on the hand that relate to all the areas in the body.
KINSEIKYU – POSTURAL BALANCING – A NEW WAY TO FREE THE BODY
Kinseikyu is a system that combines moxibustion techniques and fascia release to help to align the body in order to achieve improved postural balance. The aim is to avoid injury and address musculoskeletal problems leading to recurring pain.
Kinseikyu was developed by a world-renowned moxibustionist and physiotherapist, Felip Caudet. It allows us to view the body from a global, structural and biomechanical viewpoint.
There are many misunderstandings about posture, such as the belief that there are good or bad postures (with all the burden of this understanding). Posture itself is neither good nor bad; indeed, posture may or may not cause problems. But when it results in problems, it must be changed.
Postural rebalancing allows structures to work together optimally, during movement and while maintaining a static position, so energy will flow better and the blood, nervous system, joints, fascia, and muscles will also benefit directly. It allows the restoration of function to structures so as to return to the pre-injury state.
Looking to adjust posture can be very useful, particularly in patients who frequently relapse for no apparent reason, with the same musculoskeletal injuries. We often think that recurring problems in a certain area are because we have developed a ‘weakness’ due to a previous injury. Though this may well be the case, particularly if the previous injury was not treated, but it may well be occurring due to postural imbalances that dispose us to these injuries.
We can detect postural problems in static posture, because at this moment we can see whether or not the system is aligned, whether there are front or back tendencies if any muscles are shortened, or whether there is internal or external rotation.
Using close observation and comparison with the functional model, we can see what structural changes we need to promote.
Patients participate in noticing imbalances in their posture, for example, you will become aware that you are carrying more weight on one foot than the other or that you are standing more on your toes than your heels. You will also hopefully become aware of changes and improvements by the end of the session.
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