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The distal treatment of scar tissue using Japanese acupuncture Andy Harrop MBAcC AACP Conference 2015 Presentation Overview Part 1 - Japanese Acupuncture • Introduction & background • Major Principles of diagnosis and treatment Part 2 – Diagnosis & treatment of scars • Scar aetiology • Scar types • Problems caused by poorly healed scars • Energetic factors affecting wound healing • Scar diagnosis - observation - palpation • Scar treatment - root treatment protocols - specific distal treatment points Part 3 – Demonstration • Practical demonstration of scar diagnosis and treatment Kiiko Matsumoto Style Japanese Acupuncture - Influences Chinese Classics Tradition of palpation Lineage from Masters Modern anatomy and physiology Evolving tradition Rooted in Classics with modern influences Tried and tested practical Major Principles of Japanese Acupuncture Overall Approach • Major diagnostic findings, especially on the Hara (abdomen) are addressed using root treatment protocols. • Secondary protocols and points are used to supplement root protocols. • Local treatments are used for specific symptoms. • Start treating the the oldest problem first. • Painful reflexes or symptoms should be released distally wherever possible. Direct Diagnostic Feedback • Treatment points are manipulated and checked against diagnostic reflexes or symptoms in order to determine effectiveness before needling • Point selection and precise location is determined by the diagnostic feedback Needling • Needling is done at the exact location and angle as determined by the diagnostic feedback. • The patient should be comfortable and not have a strong reaction to the needling Palpation of the Hara Release of the Hara Reflexes What to feel for Technique • Tightness • Stimulate the selected treatment point • Hardness • Recheck reflex - use consistent pressure • Swelling • To achieve better release • Emptiness / flaccidity - change the point location • Heat or cold - change the angle of stimulation - change the point Patient feedback • Pain at reflex Results • Referred pain • patient reports less pain or other • Discomfort previously reported sensation • Feelings of nausea or ‘weirdness’ etc • the reflex feels - softer / looser / less tense - feelings of hardness, knotted tissue etc have lessened or dissipated - possible to palpate to the full depth of the reflex - more strength or tonus Scars Types of Scar Aetiology Injury Medical operation Vaccination Animal bites Atrophic Problems Caused by Scars Energetic -Blocks Qi – at superficial & deep levels Physical - Restricts Blood flow Hypertrophic - Distorts or binds fascia & connective tissue - Causes greater resistance in electrical / ion flow Emotional - Can store mental and emotional trauma Symptoms Keloid - Numbness on or around scar - Pain on scar or internally due to adhesions - Referred pain - Hypersensitivity - Emotional blocks - Organ or channel disharmony - Structural weakness - Emotional blocks Energetic factors affecting wound healing General - Constitution - General health prior to the trauma - Energetic strength at the time of the trauma Specific - Severity of the trauma e.g. depth, complexity - Circumstances surrounding the trauma e.g. high stress levels, surgical emergency - Location of the trauma e.g. poor blood supply around a ligament - Success of any medical intervention e.g. any complications - Immediate healing process e.g. infected or re-opened wound - Previous energetically or physiologically connected traumas e.g. appendix and gall bladder - Identical or adja

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