Traditional Chinese medicine tells us that long-standing emotional patterns can cause stuck ‘qi’, essentially a blockage in your energy. In acupuncture theory, each organ in the body is connected to an emotion as well as a meridian that runs through the body. Because of this interior/ exterior connection, blockages in the meridians can lead or contribute to long-standing emotional patterns. Because long-standing emotional patterns affect the way that Energy circulates in the meridians of the body, they can contribute eventually to postural problems in the individual . In turn, the structural and postural imbalances can further perpetuate the emotional pattern that is being held in the body and mind /spirit (called Shen, in Chinese medicine).
One of the reasons that medication such as NSAIDS (ibuprofen & tylonel), or steroid drugs may be a less effective treatment for chronic pain is because they fail to address that an individual is material but is made up of energy (qi), and mind/spirit (Shen).
An acupuncturist will look at at the mental /emotional self, and address how a person’s posture, daily activities, diet and habits may be contributing to chronic pain. Because of the integrated approach that acupuncture takes, it has been so successful in treating chronic pain.