Kim Wright, P.T., CMTPT, M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Kim graduated with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from Tai Sophia Institute in 2004.She is a Five Element practitioner who incorporates a variety of ancient healing arts. Kim earned national board certification from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2006.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of complementary and alternative medicine that originated in ancient China. Very thin (the size of a hair), tapered, solid filament needles are inserted into the skin in specific locations to affect and balance the energy of the body. The acupuncture points allow access to the qi (chi), the vital energy which runs along the meridians or channels of energy throughout the body. Disease is thought to be the result of blocked or stagnant qi. The needles facilitate movement of the stuck energy and relieve symptoms.
Acupuncture is a system of medicine that works best to prevent disease, assisting the body’s natural state of energetic balance, before an energetic dysfunction manifests on the physical organ level. Chinese Medicine focuses on the functional entities of the body, known as the officials, which also corresponds to the organs.
This complex system of medicine was created by thousands of years of observation of nature. The whole person is considered. Body, mind, and spirit are one and cannot be separated.
The National Institute of Health held a consensus panel in 1997 that found clear evidence that acupuncture treatment is effective for a variety of conditions. The article and the findings of the panel can be found here. The World Health Organization also did an extensive report on acupuncture, showing through controlled trials that a large number of ailments can be treated effectively by acupuncture, which can be found here.
What is Five Element Acupuncture?
By observing nature, the universe can be categorized into the five elements, or the five phases, or seasons. A five element practitioner will look at their patients through the five elements, which ones are the strengths or weaknesses of the person. Also, how do the five elements interact with one another and what is the energetic root of an illness, not just the branch, showing itself as a symptom. As a patient is tended on the element that is the root of their illness, or their constitutional factor, healing occurs on a deep level and balance is restored to all of the elements.
In 1989 Kim received a Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She has worked as a Senior Physical Therapist on staff at Union Memorial Hospital in Outpatient Rehabilitation for the past 19 years. Her focus in physical therapy has been in orthopedics and manual therapy, specializing in the spine.
In May 2013, Kim earned a certification in trigger point dry needling through Myopain Seminars, The Janet Travell, MD Seminar Series, in Bethesda, MD. Dry needling is a very effective technique used to treat myofascial pain. An acupuncture needle is inserted into a taut painful band of muscle to elicit a twitch response and restore neuromuscular equilibrium, decreasing pain and increasing range of motion. She uses this technique in both her physical therapy and her acupuncture practices.
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