VST Acupuncture


Vertex Synchronizing Technique (VST) is founded on the principles of biomechanics under the premise that acupuncture meridians lie on interstitial connective tissue. It is a new method of analysis and acupuncture treatment of balancing the spine and pelvis. Structural and functional examinations of shoulder and pelvic girdles in three-dimensional view are the key component behind VST for treatment of musculoskeletal diseases.

The integrity of our physical bodies are based on the balanced tension of our muscles and bones. Our bodies are similar to this model where the ‘sticks’ (bones) are held together by ‘rubber bands’ (muscles). A healthy balance is achieved with symmetrical tension and strain.


In our body, the torso (trunk) connects with the limbs – two legs and two arms. These four areas of the girdles, termed “vertices,” constitute the framework of the entire body. It’s comparable to the axle alignment of a motor vehicle. If there is any misalignment in even one of the areas, the tires will wear unevenly. Likely, imbalance at the girdles will put strain on muscles and joints, pulling them away from their correct anatomical positions. When this symmetry of tension loses its balance, other muscles begin to compensate for the lack of or increased tension in one area. In turn, the body loses its proper alignment which leads to pain.

The musculoskeletal system is a dynamic entity and pain should not be observed and treated merely at the local area. Conditions need to be assessed holistically to locate the source of pain and devise a treatment plan that will not only relieve the pain but prevent recurrence.


VST utilizes proper muscle exams and assessment of the hip’s and shoulder’s range of motion from each plane view (coronal, sagittal, and transverse) to look for the cause of limitation. After examination, treatment is administered, allowing immediate relief of pain and increased range of motion.

Existing theories of Meridian Acupuncture treatments mainly utilize distal points which are administered while the patient is in static state. However, the musculoskeletal system is dynamic entity and these dynamics must be addressed during treatment. VST aims to target these issues to restore health of joint and muscle structure and function. In doing so, structural integrity is restored and patients experience not only immediate pain relief but increased ROM; therefore, VST is not only treating the pain symptoms but eliminating its cause and diminishing its recurrence.


Electro Stimulation Acupuncture

Electroacupuncture is an increasingly popular form of treatment and is used by practitioners of Eastern medicine for a wide array of conditions.

What’s the difference between electroacupuncture and traditional acupuncture?
Electroacupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body.
The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time.

One advantage of electroacupuncture is that a practitioner does not have to be as precise with the insertion of needles. This is because the current delivered through the needle stimulates a larger area than the needle itself.

What conditions can electroacupuncture treat?
According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, illness is caused when qi, or energy, does not flow properly throughout the body. Acupuncturists determine whether qi is weak, stagnant or otherwise out of balance, which indicates the points to be stimulated. Electroacupuncture is considered to be especially useful for conditions in which there is an accumulation of qi, such as in chronic pain syndromes, or in cases where the qi is difficult to stimulate.

In the United States, electroacupuncture has been studied for a variety of conditions. It has been effectively used as a form of anesthesia; as a pain reliever for muscle spasms; and a treatment for neurological disorders. Other studies have examined the role of electroacupuncture in treating skin conditions such as acne, renal colic, and acute nausea caused by cancer medications. There is also some evidence that electrical stimulation of acupuncture points activates the endorphin system, which could lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease.

Does electroacupuncture hurt?
Patients may experience a tingling sensation while being treated with electroacupuncture, which is most likely due to the electric current. In most cases, however, the effect produced by the current is subsational; in other words, the tingling sensation will not be felt. Some minor bruising or bleeding may occur, which is the result of a needle hitting small blood vessels.

Are there any risks involved?
Electroacupuncture should not be used on patients who have a history of seizures, epilepsy, heart disease or strokes, or on patients with pacemakers. It should also not be performed on a patient’s head or throat, or directly over the heart. Another recommendation is that when needles are being connected to an electric current, the current should not travel across the midline of the body (an imaginary line running from the bridge of the nose to the bellybutton).

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