Acupuncture Physical Medicine


Acupuncture Physical Medicine

Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) is a modern approach to classical meridian acupuncture that was developed by Mark Seem, Ph.D., L.Ac. at Tri-State College of Acupuncture, which he founded over twenty years ago.  Mark is nationally and internationally recognized for his interactive style of acupuncture, and for his contribution to the development of acupuncture in North America.  He has served as former president of the National Council of Acupuncture Schools and Colleges,  and is a  former commissioner on the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. 

 APM draws on classical acupuncture from China, Japan and Europe, as well as from modern principles of osteopathy and physical medicine, especially the myofascial release of soft-tissue constrictions advocated by the late Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simons

According to APM,  chronic health complaints are understood as reaction patterns, or holding patterns.  From this perspective, there are three energetic levels to evaluate and treat. The focus of this style of treatment is to release energy, or Qi, blockages at the surface level, while supporting the deeper functional and core levels.  Blockages are discovered by palpation of tight tender points and trigger points, which correlate with the patient’s primary complaint. 

APM Is best suited for chronic complex healthcare disorders such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue, multiple allergies, and stress disorders, to the symptomatic relief of internal medical complaints in the various organ systems of the body, including neurological, cardio-respiratory, gastro-intestinal, genitourinary, and gynecological complaints.   It is commonly used to treat the following:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Stress Disorders
  • Post-trauma Disorders
  • PMS
  • Reflux
  • IBS

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