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Seattle/Shoreline Acupuncture: Combining Acupuncture & Physical Therapy

If you are living in and around the Seattle/Shoreline area and are being plagued by acute/chronic pain and restricted range of motion in your body, combining acupuncture  &  physical therapy can deliver you pain free and restore your body’s natural rhythm and movement.acupuncture

Acupuncture is known for pain relief, however we also know that it is effective in treating many disorders. In this post, I would like to write about how Ac and PT work in positive tandem and a complimentary fashion for many musculoskeletal issues.

Combining Acupuncture and Physical Therapy is an effective new approach which combines traditional Oriental Acupuncture practice with knowledge of Western anatomy and physiology.

As an acupuncturist for 34 years, I have seen many types of musculoskeletal, myofascial, neuromuscular  and repetitive strain injuries. Normally, these types of injuries all respond well to acupuncture, moxibustion and tui na ( Chinese remedial massage). Particularly in the acute phase. And even though these therapies also work extremely well with chronic issues that have been “in” the body for some time, I have found referring out to physical therapy (http://stretchpt.com) really hastens the healing process and quickly lessens pain and restores mobility. These injuries often have accompanying referral patterns due to the development of trigger points (hyper -irritable spots in skeletal muscles associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers) . To disengage the myofacial constraints and restore elasticity  and flexibility to the system, is where both disciplines really shine. And here’s  why:

Acupuncture & Physical Therapy are hands on therapies

Both disciplines approach and access the body in similar and different ways. The physical therapist examines range of motion, end feel of the tissue, palpates the fascia and muscles searching for trigger points, shortening of muscles and taut muscular bands causing restrictions and body symmetry .

Note: when I speak of acupuncture, I am speaking about my training and my practice of the art.  I  too, thoroughly examines the surface of the body, paying attention to temperature, coloration/discoloration of skin, tightness of muscle and fascia. Also, boney landmarks are noted as well ( a clue that the boney structure may be out of alignment). Of particular interest would be the appearance of spider veins, varicosities and busing, all signs of blood stagnation and lack of lymphatic flow.Traditional pulse, abdominal and tongue diagnosis are also performed as well. And since Oriental Medicine has a completely different approach to understanding the body, we have names and distinctions for issues that Western Medicine does not recognize. One of my strong points is that I have a degree in Anatomy/Physiology and was a cadaver lab assistant in school.


Actually,  treatment starts in the palpation/diagnostic phase  of both Ac and PT. PT’s will employ sustained stretching, coolant sprays, heat therapy, hydrotherapy, deep massage, e-stim, ultrasound, laser, and neuromuscular re-education. They will also educate the patient in therapeutic exercise and stabilization as well. In particular, Wolfgang and his crew @ Stretch physical therapy, are knowledgeable in every aspect of physical therapy modalities, education and rehab. I have always been particularly impressed with their “hands-on” approach, (pun intended!). Their clinic is a beautiful wide open space with lots of gear!! Check out them out @ stretchpt.com .

Being trained in different styles of acupuncture, I will generally do a traditional “root treatment” that treats the imbalance in the pulse and “energetic “system of the body. This involves treating the front (ventral) and the back (dorsal) with needles and or moxibustion. In treating the symptoms, acupuncture/moxibustion, trigger point needling,shiatsu,  cupping and bleeding may be used.

416-300x140Generally any musculoskeletal disorder will respond quicker and heal faster when you combine acupuncture and physical therapy….  A Winning Combination !


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