The Body as a City
There’s a metaphor that can be really helpful when thinking about pain. Think of the body as a city, where the highways and streets are blood vessels.
When we have pain, it’s because our blood can’t move properly through the body. This is like a traffic jam, where normally a certain amount of blood could fit and move through a particular area. When we have an injury or inflammation, the volume of blood that can move decreases, just as an accident at an intersection stops the flow of traffic. This stagnation is what causes pain.
In order to deal with the pain, we must get the blood moving again. Acupuncture will address the accident, the site of the injury, but will also work on diverting traffic. We’ll encourage the blood to flow throughout the whole body which decreases the severity of the traffic jam as well, lowering the overall level of pain.