Meridian therapy is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Oriental Medicine (OM). This is a very different approach to health care than what most of us are used to here in the United States. TCM is based on energy and balance. According to TCM and OM, energy (Qi--pronounced chee, as in cheese) travels through the body through channels called meridians. There are 12 main meridians, mostly named after the internal organs of your body. There are other meridians as well. The energy that flows through the meridians controls the main functions of your body. When the meridians are balanced, everything works well, and you maintain good health. When there is a disruption or imbalance in the energy flow, this is an indication of dis-ease. Meridian therapy attempts to re-balance any imbalances in the energy flow. In TCM and OM, the primary treatment used to balance the energy is acupuncture.
At Simply Chiropractic, we use computerized technology (AcuGraph) to assess the meridians and identify any imbalances. We measure the electrical energy at specific points along the meridians, called Source Points. Source points are the most active points of each meridian. Once we measure the meridians and identify imbalances, we can then use other points along the meridians to balance out the energy. We do this by stimulating the specific point to either raise, or lower the energy in those meridians. If you go to an acupuncturist, he or she will use needles to stimulate those points. At Simply Chiropractic, we do not use needles, but use a tool called a teishein to stimulate the key points along the meridians that will bring the energy back into balance.
What to expect on your meridian therapy visits?
A brief history will be taken first of all. Then, you will remove your shoes and socks. The doctor will then complete a computerized exam, the Acugraph, to measure the electrical energy of the main meridians. He will use this by touching a probe to specific points on your hands and feet. Once the exam is complete, he will explain the findings. Then he will use a teishein to stimulate each of the therapeutic points for about 30 seconds. Once the treatment is complete, he will give you a chiropractic adjustment. This is included in the cost of the meridian therapy
Do I have to get an adjustment to have meridian therapy done?
The rules and regulations for chiropractic state that meridian therapy must be done in conjunction with chiropractic treatment. It does not have to involve any twisting, cracking or popping, but an adjustment must be performed to satisfy the requirements of the law. The cost of the adjustment is included in the cost of the meridian therapy.