Today I learned of a new type of acupressure massage: electrical qigong. The therapist passes a mild electrical current through his body, then transmits it to the patient’s body together with qigong energy. It sounds preposterous at first, but it worked for my mum, so I decided to give it a try.I have been reading up on acupressure for years, mostly to self-treat the minor plantar fasciitis foot problems that I’ve developed ever since I ORD-ed from the army. Recently I’ve developed trigger points in my shoulder blades near the serratus posterior superior muscle group. It is incredibly difficult to treat, and way beyond my current household-remedy abilities because the offending trigger point is buried too deep within the shoulder blades under several layers of muscle. In electrical qigong, an incredible amount of deep, penetrating pressure can be applied to the patient’s body with a very minimal amount of physical effort by the practitioner. I don’t quite understand the science behind it (physics has never been my strongest subject in secondary school), but it works great. Enough to almost make me cry. Trust me, releasing trigger points trapped in your shoulders is no joke — it really hurts like bloody hell, and unfortunately, the only way to remove them is to inflict some moderate pain. My shoulder muscles are still feeling a bit sore, and the therapist even gave me some anti-inflammation tablets to control the possible muscle swelling due to the treatment. I guess what I am trying to say is: those who are refuting the science behind trigger point therapy and acupressure/acupuncture, you are dead wrong. Take my word for it: it is really effective.