Inverse—July 11, 2017
Inverse reporter Lucy Huang writes about her own experience with acupuncture to heal migraines. She speaks with Elizabeth M. Manejias, MD, physiatrist at HSS who is also a certified acupuncturist.
According to Dr. Manejias, there is a science to finding an acupuncture point, and inserting a needle in the right spot can relax muscle contractions, improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation to the area.
While picking a point often aligns with the meridian points in traditional Chinese acupuncture, Dr. Manejias also takes a different approach. For example, if she was treating someone with a sprained ankle, she would look for tender spots on and around the ankle. These trigger points are very irritable tight bands of skeletal muscle that can be painful when they are stretched, flexed or pressed. Given each patient's trigger spots as well as the nature of their injury, pain level and anatomy, Dr. Manejias can narrow down the correct acupuncture points.
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