Therapist talk:

Various symptoms related to Oriental medicine acupuncture

 

By Eitaro Hamano

(Acupuncturist)

6. Various symptoms caused by computer work and the treatment by acupuncture 

 

Many patients who come to our clinic have symptoms of this type. Typical symptoms are. t, eyestrain, red eyes, and dry eyes caused by overloading the optic nerve. In addition, there is also myodesopsia (floaters in the eye) that makes you feel that insects are always flying in your field of vision

 

If you keep the same posture for a long time, poor blood circulation may cause neck pain, stiff shoulders, numbness in the arms, headache, and back pain. Symptoms include tendonitis of the fingers and wrists due to heavy use of the mouse and keyboard, pain in the trigger fingers and elbow joints, and frozen shoulder. 

 

 

Frozen shoulders are often caused by decreased metabolism due to age and impaired blood flow due to increased stress. iFit gets to the point where the shoulder cannot move at all due to rupture of the tendon and calcification in the joint. 

 

In Oriental medicine practice, prolonged use of a the computer screen the vital energy "Qi" and the "blood" that carries nutrients become concentrated in the upper part of the body. Also, since the lower part does not move, the function of "Qi" becomes weaker, and the body gradually cools and hardens. 

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This state is called "Joujitsu-Kakyo". "Qi" is biased towards the upper part of the body. If "blood comes to your head", it is not considered to be very healthy. ‘Cool heads and warm feet are good for your health. This is also known as "cold head and warm foot". 

 

According to Oriental medicine, overuse of the eyes affects "wood = energy of the liver" and "fire = energy of the heart",  it affects the "soil = energy of the spleen" element. In Oriental medicine acupuncture and moxibustion, the balance of the upper, middle, and lower parts of the body, and the balance of the front and back are adjusted using the meridians, which are the routes through which "Qi" flows. 

 

Treatment includes the "liver meridian" from the legs to the inside of the thighs to the sides and ribs of the body, the "lung meridians" from the hands to the arms to the chest, and the "Intestine meridians" to the arms and fingers. For treatment, we pay attention to these "meridians/Keiraku". A commonly used meridian/(Keiraku) is the "fuuchi" at the bottom of the back of the head for eyestrain. "Tenchu" behind the neck. "Hyakue" at the top of the head that lowers the raised "Qi", "Tesanri" just below the elbow, and "Goukoku" at the base of the index finger and thumb. Always pay attention to your body posture, tilting habits, hand position, chair height, etc., and incorporate light stretching and joint loosening exercises. It is also effective to apply acupressure to the above points. Moreover, it is better to come to the treatment as soon as possible because the symptoms are easier to heal when they are mild.