I don’t like the saying “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” I think that it’s just gross. That said, when it comes to Acupuncture it really is true, particularly when it comes to feet.
The foot is made up of 28 bones, 30 joints and over 100 muscles. For such a small body part, there’s a lot going on!
Day to day, we have one hundred percent of our weight on our little tootsies and we don’t often think about them, unless we have pain.
With all of those bones, joints and muscles, there’s a lot that can go wrong!
The great thing about acupuncture is that it doesn’t really matter what has gone wrong because we can likely treat it. Here’s how:
(acupuncture foot meridian image here)
There are 6 acupuncture meridians that start or end in the feet – the Kidney, Spleen, Liver, Gallbladder, Stomach and Urinary Bladder Meridians.
When we treat foot pain, the first step (pun intended!) is to figure out which meridians are affected:
- If the pain runs anywhere from medial ankle bone to the ball of the foot, that’s the Kidney Meridian.
- If it runs anywhere along the arch of the foot to the outside of the big toe the Spleen Meridian is affected.
- The Liver Meridian is the inside of the big to and up the top of the foot and ankle.
- The Stomach Meridian ends on the 3rd toe and runs down from the top of the foot.
- The Gallbladder Meridian runs to the 4th toes on the lateral side of the foot.
- And finally, the Urinary Bladder ends on the baby to and runs down that side of the foot.
Once that mystery is solved, we then have to determine whether we think that a local or distal treatment will be more effective.
A local treatment is exactly what it sounds like, we would put needles into the affected area. This is often not my first choice because the feet can be tender and, quite frankly, I don’t find it as effective as a distal treatment.
A distal treatment is when I put needles in a location other than the painful area.
Distal = distance.
I think it’s fascinating how effective this treatment can be. I often use a distal/ hologram theory for treatment on the feet because I find it the most effective.
What this means is that I figure out which meridians are affected and I put the needle in the exact location of the pain but on the other foot.
Before I proceed with treatment there are two things that I need to determine: the pain level at that moment and the exact location of the pain.
Once I have determined these two things then it is game time!
At this point, the person is comfortable on my table and we are ready for a relaxing treatment. So how do I know where to put the needles? Easy! Your body tells me.
What I mean by this is that I palpate (push) on your foot in the exact location of the pain, but on the other foot. If your body needs a need to release a Qi blockage (please link to Qi the acupuncture section here) that area will be painful when I push on it. Then I skillfully insert an acupuncture needle.
This is the fascinating part about the whole thing! If that is the correct area that needs to be released, then the pain on the opposite foot will decrease, disappear or change locations. (You really must read about the acupuncture meridians to understand it more fully. PLACE LINK HERE).
Using this technique, I’ve had patients walk in with debilitating foot pain and leave with none or greatly reduced pain.
It often takes more than one treatment, and sometimes a few exercises too, but this usually gets the job done, so your tender tootsies become more like themselves again.
If you’re suffering with foot pain, why not ring me up and help me with my foot fetish while I help you love your feet again. 😉