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I have been a massage therapist for almost 5 years now and my body is falling apart due to a lot of things but I would love to continue doing body work and have had huge results when receiving trigger point acupuncture and would love to provide that for my clients who have problem areas.
Does anyone know if we as Licensed Massage Therapist can do dry needling, or if that is for PTs and Chiropractors only?
Gordon, do you have a blog or website?
I'd love to follow you.
You mentioned "Each spinal segment has nerve roots that controle portions of bone(sclerotome),muscles(myotomes), skin(dermatomes),and internal organs(enterotomes). "
Do you have any good links/images to those?
I've seen a dermatome graphic somewhere, and I just now looked up sclerotome on google, but didn't find it to give me what I am thinking I"m looking for. Are they basically affecting the same area ? For example, You mentioned in you rpost above that the nerve root that intervates the big toe (dermatome) is mostly L5. Would that be the same for bones, muscles as well?
(Internal Organs probably have different patterns.)
I really like how we are starting to find the connection and correlation between what western science says and TCM has presented for a long time.
There might be some overlap, but they would be different. Maybe not so much between Dermatomes and myotome, but different.. In the attachment below is a sclarotome pain pattern chart. All I'm saying as an example is... If there is a rash on the skin in only one specific area. And let's say it's covered by the C5 Dermatome. It could also( doesn't mean it has too)indicate a disease of the bones of the C5 Sclarotome. And what I'm guessing about acupuncture is that sticking a needle in a specific spot in the skin on a meridian may have wide ranging effects on internal organs, bone and muscle. And that may explain how acupuncture works. Also , internal organ pain is also projected to the bodies surface. But as a massage therapist I'm only interested in eliminating muscle pain in the form of trigger points. But a dysfunction in a spinal segment because of internal organ stress could be the reason for an abdominal trigger point. I'm just talking in here. Don't expect to be able to explain how acupuncture works on a western scientific level by reading what I'm saying. I certainly don't know. But meridians being muscle chains seems to ME, the connecting mechanism of the entire body mind. Instead of some mysterious chi energy flow.