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Editor's Note: This is Dafina Biteye's second contribution to the SalsaNewYork Magazine. Thanks for your hard work and effort Dafina. - Sincerely, Manny & Steve of SalsaNewYork.
Gran Combo is playing at Exit.
Naturally, you just haaave to go.
The place is jam packed, the joint is jumping.
You know you have to dance even though the crowded dance floor is
like perilous a war zone.
Just when you are getting your dance on ouch !!! Someone brutally
steps on your foot with a pair of lethal high heel shoes.
It hurts like hell, but you continue to dance while your foot
continues to hurt like hell.
Later at home you notice that your toes are swollen 3 to 6 times
their natural size.
You must go to the doctor.
Surgery is necessary right away, to repair torn ligaments.
(This, by the way, is a true story).
replay the scenario.
When your foot is hurting like hell you stop dancing and evaluate
the amount of damage.
If there is immediate swelling and persistent pain there is a
strong likelihood of a torn ligament.
The pain is the bodys means of telling you to STOP doing
whatever you are doing.
There is the possibility that continuing to dance may contribute to
some additional damage.
It just goes to show you that here the love of dancing is more
powerful than the pain sensation.
on, the damage is done.
How would Chinese Medicine view a scenario like this?
There was trauma, the impact where the body responded by pooling
Blood, Fluids and Chi at the site.
A basic tenet of Chinese Medicine is - If
there is pain there is no free flow - If there is free flow there is no
There has to be movement of Chi, Blood, and Fluids where its
needed, when its needed and in the amounts needed for balance, a state
of well being.
The bodys response to the trauma is an accumulation or
stagnation of the Three Fundamental Substances.
The pain, swelling, and more limited range of motion create an
obstruction to the free movement of Chi, Blood, and Fluids.
the philosophical framework of Chinese Medicine pain relief is the result
of a better flow of Chi, and Blood.
If the movement of Chi is obstructed it can lead to a disharmony of
Stagnant Chi is responsible for stiffness, annoying aches that may
move around, limited motion, and eventually contributes to the creation of
Chi stagnation is worst in combination with stress and emotional
Blood stagnation, also, leads to pain.
Pain that is fixed, localized, intense, sharp and there is a
tendency to dislike pressure.
The affected area feels tender and there may be changes in the
tissue, like nodules.
women, Blood stagnation following trauma increases the likelihood of some
menstrual cycle dysfunction, such as more cramping or even the appearance
science knows that receiving acupuncture stimulates the pituitary gland to
Endorphins are neurotransmitters that enable people to act in spite
of pain and injury.
The salsara who danced the night away with the injured foot
had lots of endorphins flooding her system that night.
are several instruments used during acupuncture treatments, the main one
is needles. When we think about needles we tend to associate them with
Acupuncture needles dont have to take any thing out of the body
or put anything in.
They are designed to glide in between the bodys tissues.
Hypodermic needles are designed to tear into the underlying tissues
in order to withdraw or inject something.
Once the acupuncture needles are in place there is the tendency to
feels something moving inside. There may be sensations like warmth,
pulling, tingling, or itching. These sensations indicate that there is a
movement of chi.
On the insertion there can be fleeting sensation like a mosquito
Once the needles are in place, acupuncture creates a state of deep
relaxation, slower rates of breathing and calmer mentality.
are techniques other than needles employed for the treatment of pain.
Cupping involving placing suction cups over the effected areas.
The cups create a strong temporary Blood stasis.
The removal of the cups facilitates an increase in the flow of
Blood and Chi through the treated area.
Sha involves the use of friction to remove stagnation.
Friction is applied to the skin until a response similar to a rash
Gua Sha is excellent for pain when indicated.
It removes surface congestion as well as increase blood flow
between the surface and the internal organs.
uses the burning of a specific herb over an acupuncture point or a larger
area of the body to move Chi.
It is indicated when there are insufficient amounts of Chi to
Its also indicated when the person or an area of the body feels
Moxabustion is an excellent healing modality but unfortunately it
smells like reefer/marijuana.
In commercial spaces it cant be used.
Patients can use moxa sticks and stick on moxa cones at home.
over working groups of muscles, fatigue,
and stress are all a part of life and dancing.
Its important to keep the flow going.
Not doing so creates limitations and contributes to long term
Pain, the obstruction of the flow of Chi, Blood and Fluids
congestion of connective tissue; tendons, ligaments, muscles, blood
even internal organs, which cause them to become fibrous and
hardened further limiting ones full functioning.
Acupuncture is excellent for relieving pain and tendo-muscular
problems, as well as a tool to help obtain and maintain a state of optimal
functioning and well being.
more information contact Dafina Biteye, LAc at email@example.com
would like to thank Louise Chang for her assistance and sense of