At our practice, we specialize in neuroanatomical acupuncture or meridian-based acupuncture, which focuses on finding spots on the body that are tight or tense. “I do more trigger point release and meridian-based acupuncture than energetic medicine,” said William Blakely, acupuncturist.
William strictly concentrates on neuromuscular problems such as sciatica, which constitutes the majority of his practice.
He also addresses the following common conditions:
- Back pain
- Foot pain
- Leg pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
Traditional & Electroacupuncture Offered
For some conditions, William will use traditional acupuncture; however, the main method of acupuncture he uses is electroacupuncture. This type of acupuncture uses electrostimulation on top of the needle to significantly enhance treatment.
According to William, if you have trigger spots that are in dysfunction along the spine, neck or anywhere in your body, they need to be released to create a free-flowing form of energy. Electroacupuncture can relax the musculature in the body that promotes healing.
By inserting a needle into a point and stimulating it, microcirculation is created under the skin, bringing interstitial fluid to the area. As a result, the muscles relax, alleviating the pain. Similar to chiropractic, acupuncture has to be done repeatedly over a period to reduce the dysfunction in the muscle.
What to Expect
When you come in for your appointment, William will get your history and determine what your problem is. He’ll have a question and answer period with you and will sometimes do range-of-motion studies.
After the questions and answers portion, William will have you put a gown on and then lie on a table—face up or facedown depending on where your pain is. He puts his patients at ease, ensuring they’re comfortable right from the start. William wants patients to know that acupuncture isn’t painful and that the needles used are ultrathin.
William begins by palpating the muscle in the area that they’re having trouble with. He bases his treatment on what he feels as he’s touching the skin. “For example, if someone comes in for headaches, I have to find out where the headache’s coming from.” As another condition that William treats often, low back pain can be caused by subluxations of the spine. Sometimes it’s caused by nothing more than tense muscles on either side of the spine contracting.