Acupuncture Physical Medicine
No other acupuncturist in Iowa practices all three modalities (APM, TCM, Japanese acupuncture). Rachel’s training in these methods enables her to customize your treatment.
Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) is a modern approach to acupuncture developed over the past twenty-five years. Inspired by French and Japanese meridian styles of acupuncture, and the trigger point teachings of Dr. Janet Travell, APM assessment and treatment takes as its basis a patient's actual experience of illness or distress. Rather than a theoretical textbook diagnosis, APM assessment of a patient focuses on palpation of the body for myofascial constrictions. Rachel addresses and releases muscles using a needling technique similar to that practiced at the UIHC Pain Clinic - though the needles are far gentler and results demonstrate little or no tissue damage.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the general term for the style of acupuncture which most acupuncturists are trained in and the style which most people practice. There is a broad range of techniques used and treatment protocols. Most recent clinical studies regarding acupuncture usually use treatment techniques and/or protocols based on TCM Theory. According to TCM, the human body exists in a dynamic state of equilibrium between itself and its external environment, and among internal organs and their functions. Disease develops if the body is unable to adapt to changes imposed. Whether an illness arises depends on the strength of the body and its organs.
Japanese style acupuncture utilizes a systematic palpatory method designed to provide instant feedback. Using this approach, a Japanese Style practitioner follows a palpation sequence, establishing both a diagnosis and treatment options. The needling methods are shallow and virtually painless, using the smallest gauge needles.
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