The Longitudinal Muscle-Channel System (LMS) is a practical acupuncture approach to visualizing, diagnosing and treating canine lameness. It is a logical and anatomically based system that can be used in conjunction with the Eight Principles or the Five Elements theories to achieve an effective treatment strategy.
The muscle channels are an adaptation of the meridian system that connects the muscles in longitudinal channels. By connecting the meridians with different muscle groups, a longitudinal system is formed that can be utilized to observe, diagnose and treat lameness. This four-part webinar series describes the LMS, identifying the meridians involved and the principles of treatment.
The LMS distribution courses with the nerves, the blood vessels, the lymphatic and the corresponding collateral branching. This anatomical system then correlates with the muscle system. Each meridian has a longitudinal course that can be traced along the body and successfully used in treatment. The practitioner can use his or her knowledge of veterinary anatomy, along with the meridian system and the LMS, to visualize the meridians on the canine body. These muscle channels are pathways that connect the energetic principles of Qi flowing through the body.
Many common canine lameness issues can be treated successfully with the using the principles of the LMS.