KINETIC ACUPUNCTURE - KNEE ISOMETRIC MOVEMENT WITH NEEDLES
Updated: Mar 11, 2020
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) /Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) / meniscus tear on knee, instability of knee, recovery stage of jumper's knee, Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome.
Acupuncture and movement
The practitioner puts cushion under the patient’s knees to let them bend to 30-70 degree and allows the patient to relax his/her whole muscles. The practitioner then palpates and inserts the acupuncture needles on ChonEungHyul (Muscle Trigger Points) of the target muscles, which are mostly on the belly of Quadriceps Femoris. The depth of the needle insertion can be 3-5cm.
With the needles still on the patient’s muscles, the practitioner instructs the patient to contract the thigh muscle while resisting the contraction by holding the patient’s ankle. The patient would feel when the needles fire the muscles and the needle move according to contraction. Because this is isometric contraction, even with firing of muscle, the actual muscle length changes little even with firing of muscle. Therefore, needle movement and pain are tolerable.