The Acupuncture Mechanic

Traditional acupuncture is based upon theories that reflect the understanding of anatomy and physiology at the time of its inception. These theories can be confusing and difficult understand and are part of the obstacle that acupuncture has had in being accepted by the medical community. In addition, the effects of this style of acupuncture are generally slower and can be difficult to tell apart from the natural healing process.

A biomechanical style of acupuncture is based on restoring three dimensional balances of the shoulder, pelvic girdle and spinal curves. It involves a neuro-anatomical assessment as taught in conventional medical, chiropractic and physical therapy schools.

Unlike a traditional acupuncture assessment which evaluates the energy in meridians through the tongue and pulse, a biomechanical acupuncture evaluation involves assessing the spinal curves and the range of motion in the shoulder and hip joints, which connect the extremities to the trunk. This type of examination provides evidence of joint and muscle dysfunction that are obvious to both the doctor and the patient. After the treatment, range of motion, muscle length and muscle strength is re-assessed and results are generally immediate as demonstrated through increased motion, decreased tenderness and increased strength.

Whereas a traditional acupuncture treatment involves placing needles into pre-measured points along meridians, a biomechanical treatment is directed to tight muscles and knots (trigger points) that cause adhesions in muscles and fascia. Deactivation of these knots leads to increased circulation and a normalization of length-tension relationships. The end result is a lengthening of tight muscles and strengthening weak muscles leading to optimum joint mechanics and the resolution of pain and dysfunction.

Biomechanical acupuncture is effective for pain and dysfunction in the spine and extremities (e.g. ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows and wrists) as well as beingĀ  effective treatment for a variety of systemic conditions.

For more information about this style of acupuncture, contact Dr. Geoff Lecovin at:

(425) 646-4747 or through e-mail at


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Dr. Geoff LecovinNaturopathic Physician/Chiropractor/Acupuncturist/Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist/Corrective Exercise Specialist/Performance Enhancement Specialist/Certified Sports Nutritionist/View all posts by Dr. Geoff Lecovin