Something that confuses people, especially when visiting our community style clinic, is how we are able to treat neck and back pain, without needling directly at the site of the pain.
I covered some of this in a previous post, Why did you put that Needle there, but thought that I could talk a little bit more about it here today.
In fact, a category of points referred to as the 5 transporting points, which have within them specific points for treating pain conditions, all happen to exist on the limbs.
Chinese Medicine, and specifically acupuncture, operates on a system of energetic channels that travel throughout the body. Each of these 12 energetic channels has a name that is associated with a specific organ. When you come to our clinic with a concern related to your neck or back, we will be curious to figure out which of these channels are effected. The primary way we can tell is by checking the location of the pain, but how movement is restricted can also be a clue.
It may be fun for you to know that the channels most commonly effected with neck pain are the Small Intestine and what is referred to as the Triple Burner channel (which is really just a fancy way of saying that it connects to 3 organ systems at once). The channels most associated with low back pain are the Urinary Bladder and Gall Bladder channels. This just means that the channels that happen to travel through the areas of the neck or low back, also happen to connect to the organs after which they are named.
All of these considerations, such as which channels seem to be primarily effected, as well as whether a condition is deficiency related or excess, hot or cold, due to qi/blood or damp stagnation, effect the points that we select in treating your condition, and we have access to all of these types of points on your arms and legs alone.