Relieve Pain and Restore Wellbeing with Japanese Acupuncture Wisdom



Kiiko Matsumoto style acupuncture (KMS) is an advanced form of Japanese acupuncture developed by Kiiko Matsumoto. It combines gentle yet precise needling techniques with detailed palpation diagnosis to effectively treat various conditions.

KMS acupuncture has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine and Japanese acupuncture systems. It utilizes meridian theory to identify and treat the body’s energy flow imbalances. However, KMS is unique in its meticulous palpation skills to detect trigger points, tense muscles, and other tissue abnormalities.

By focusing on finding and resolving the root causes of health issues, KMS acupuncture provides lasting relief rather than temporary fixes. Kiiko Matsumoto has spent decades refining her style and taught practitioners worldwide to use her integrative techniques.

Pain Management

Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS) acupuncture takes a holistic approach to treating pain, addressing physical and emotional components. This advanced Japanese style of acupuncture identifies trigger points and blockages through masterful palpation of the body’s meridian lines. The KMS practitioner can then target these problem areas with sensitive needling to relieve pain.

Studies have shown the efficacy of KMS acupuncture treatment for various types of pain, including musculoskeletal pain, headaches, joint pain, and overall chronic pain conditions. The holistic methodology looks beyond physical sensations and examines the underlying emotional factors contributing to the pain. By releasing blockages and restoring balance in both body and mind, KMS acupuncture can provide lasting pain relief without side effects. Patients often feel significantly better after just one or two sessions of this powerful treatment.

Physical and Emotional Components

In pain management, KMS acupuncture takes a holistic approach to treating pain by addressing both the physical and emotional components. Through masterful palpation techniques, KMS practitioners can identify trigger points and blockages in the body. The practitioner can pinpoint problems contributing to pain and dysfunction by feeling and pressing on different body areas.

For example, they may find shortened, knotted, and tender muscle trigger points. These hyperirritable spots are often related to postural imbalances, injuries, or chronic strain patterns. KMS acupuncturists can insert needles directly into trigger points to release muscle tension and spasms. They may also detect blockages or restrictions in the flow of qi along the meridians. Stimulating acupuncture points along the blocked meridians can help restore the smooth flow of energy and relieve pain.

The emotional factors related to pain are also addressed. Pain often causes stress, anxiety, depression, anger, and other emotional responses. In turn, these emotions can exacerbate and prolong the pain. By releasing endorphins and regulating mood and stress levels, acupuncture helps diminish the distress associated with chronic pain. A comprehensive treatment approach allows KMS acupuncture to relieve both the physical and emotional aspects of pain effectively.

Types of Pain Treated

KMS acupuncture takes a comprehensive approach to treating various types of pain by identifying trigger points and blockages. Studies have demonstrated the efficacy of this style of acupuncture for relieving many kinds of pain conditions.

Musculoskeletal Pain

KMS acupuncture can successfully treat musculoskeletal pain originating from muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. By palpating and locating tender points, practitioners can pinpoint areas of tension or injury in the musculoskeletal system and use needling techniques to relieve pain and restore normal function.


Both tension and migraine headaches have been shown to respond well to KMS acupuncture. Gentle needling of trigger points in the neck, shoulders, and head can alleviate headache pain and prevent recurring episodes. Acupuncture increases blood flow and relaxes muscles to address the root causes of many headaches.

Joint Pain

Pain and inflammation affecting joints throughout the body are other common targets of KMS acupuncture. Releasing trigger points and increased circulation to affected joints allows natural pain relief and healing. Studies confirm acupuncture’s effectiveness for osteoarthritis and other joint conditions.

Chronic Pain

For those suffering from generalized chronic pain or pain related to chronic health conditions, KMS acupuncture can provide lasting relief by addressing both physical and emotional contributors. A holistic approach makes acupuncture a versatile solution for ongoing pain management.

Other Conditions Treated

KMS acupuncture has been shown to successfully treat conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other autoimmune health problems. The root cause of IBS is often stress, anxiety, food sensitivities, or gut infections. Acupuncture can help relieve IBS symptoms by reducing inflammation in the digestive tract, regulating gut motility, and calming the nervous system.

This powerful style of acupuncture can also alleviate symptoms related to hormonal imbalances, such as PMS, menopause, and fertility issues. It helps restore homeostasis and emotional equilibrium in the body. The gentle needling techniques stimulate energy flow, release blockages, and rebalance hormone levels. Studies show acupuncture’s effectiveness in reducing hot flashes, regulating menstrual cycles, and improving fertility.

A KMS acupuncturist can correct underlying problems contributing to autoimmune conditions by identifying trigger points and areas of dysfunction. Acupuncture strengthens immune function, reduces inflammation, and keeps the body balanced. It is a holistic treatment approach for autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and more. Its gentle nature makes it an ideal complement to Western medicine.

Restoring Homeostasis

KMS acupuncture helps restore homeostasis and emotional equilibrium in the body. It strengthens the immune system, eliminating inflammation and preventing health issues by building resilience against illness.

The gentle needling techniques rebalance the energy flow throughout the body, leading to improved emotional health and well-being. KMS acupuncture allows the body’s natural healing abilities to thrive by releasing blockages.

On an immunological level, KMS acupuncture reduces inflammation. Studies show acupuncture effectively decreases inflammatory markers. It also regulates the immune system, enhancing immune function in cases of autoimmune disease.

Patients report feeling more emotionally balanced and resilient after KMS treatments. Acupuncture helps process trauma and find inner calm. With a boosted immune system and reduced inflammation, the body becomes more robust and better equipped to fight disease. Overall, KMS acupuncture restores equilibrium systemically.

Preventative Care with KMS Acupuncture

KMS acupuncture can play a vital role in preventative care by building resilience against illness and preventing health issues before they arise. Through a holistic approach, KMS practitioners assess the entire body system to identify weaknesses, imbalances, or blockages.

With sensitive palpation techniques, they can detect trigger points and signs of dysfunction before significant symptoms appear. Needling these areas releases blockages, strengthens immunity, reduces inflammation, and restores balance. This prevents the progression of illness and supports overall well-being.

KMS acupuncture regulates the nervous system, hormones, digestion, and other systems to create homeostasis. A balanced body is more resilient against stress, fatigue, and disease. Patients report an overall increase in their energy levels and resistance to getting sick.

This powerful preventative medicine eliminates minor issues before they can become chronic conditions. It also helps avoid aggravations of existing illnesses. This way, KMS acupuncture acts as protection and self-care for optimal health.

Dr.Ac Yelena Grabko

Dr.Ac Yelena Grabko is a master of Kiiko Matsumoto’s style of acupuncture, representing the culmination of centuries of Japanese acupuncture wisdom and innovation. In her daily clinical practice in Edmonton, Alberta, she advances this methodology for the modern era.

Dr.Ac Yelena Grabko can pinpoint and resolve underlying issues with minimal intervention through masterful palpation and sensitive needling. She encourages patients to explore this dynamic modality, either as a complement to Western medicine or as a holistic system for self-care.

Founded by Dr.Ac Yelena Grabko, Live by Design Health Centre is dedicated to patient-centered care and gentle healing of body and soul in Edmonton. Her clinic offers Kiiko Matsumoto-style acupuncture to help patients achieve optimal health.


What is TMJ 

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a painful condition affecting the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. TMJ can cause severe pain and discomfort, making it difficult to chew, speak, and sleep. The condition usually develops from injury to the jaw, teeth grinding, arthritis, or stress and tension in the jaw muscles. Women are more frequently affected than men.

TMJ is often treated with pain medication, physical therapy, mouth guards, and, in some cases, surgery. However, these interventions only address the symptoms rather than the root cause. Acupuncture takes a different approach by releasing tight muscles, reducing inflammation, and restoring balance in the body. An experienced acupuncturist can provide lasting TMJ relief with just a few tiny needles. Patients report reduced pain after just 1-2 sessions. Acupuncture is a safe, drug-free way to manage TMJ and improve quality of life.

Treating TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a common condition that causes pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles that control jaw movement. TMJ is often caused by injury to the jaw, grinding or clenching of teeth, arthritis, or stress and anxiety leading to jaw tension. Traditional treatments include pain medication, physical therapy, mouthguards, and surgery. However, acupuncture can provide an effective alternative for releasing tightness and pain associated with TMJ.

Acupuncture focuses on restoring balance and the flow of energy in the body. During treatment, ultra-thin needles are inserted into strategic points along energy pathways to stimulate and activate the body’s natural healing abilities. For TMJ, acupuncture points on the face, head, and neck are selected to reduce inflammation, relax muscles, decrease pain signals, and promote proper TMJ function.

In Japanese acupuncture, specialized palpation techniques allow practitioners like Dr.Ac Yelena Grabko to identify and release trigger points in the facial muscles that contribute to TMJ pain and dysfunction. Inserting just one or two tiny needles in the right locations can often eliminate tightness and provide almost immediate relief. After just one or two treatments, the source of the pain has been addressed, and symptoms subside. Acupuncture offers a drug-free way to manage TMJ successfully.

Dr.Ac Yelena Grabko treating pain in Edmonton


Being a master of Kiiko Matsumoto’s style of acupuncture, she is representing the culmination of centuries of Japanese acupuncture wisdom and innovation while advancing its methodology for the modern era in her daily clinical practice. Through masterful palpation and sensitive needling, Yelena Grabko is able to pinpoint and resolve underlying issues with minimal intervention. She encourages Patients to explore this dynamic modality, either as a complement to Western medicine or as a holistic system for self-care. Founded by Yelena Grabko, Live by Design Health Centre is dedicated to patient-centered care and gentle healing of body and soul.


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