Atrophied ACL

I am working with someone who has been told by his doctor that a segment of
his ACL has atrophied. Has anyone ever run across this condition? How have
you worked with it? The fellow also has early stage glaucoma. He also gets
cold very easily.Could the atrophied ACL and glaucoma be related to
circulatory issues? Thanks, Liz S.

As they (whoever they is) say, if you don’t use it, you loose it! Same
principle as why most people have a weak post longitudinal ligament and
other spinal ligaments. I think it would be hard not to use the ACL, as it
is being used most of the time. But if you client sits all day, is a
workaholic, eats crap and does not drink water, well the proof is in
the pudding!

Here is an interesting point for you:

In Chinese medicine, the liver stores the blood of the body.

The liver’s main physiological functions and indicators are: (1) storing
blood; (2) creating unrestrained conditions for qi; (3) controlling the
tendons and the luster reflected in the nails; and (4) opening into the eye.

Storing Blood

The liver stores blood and regulates the volume of blood circulation
according to the needs of various tissues and organs. During rest the amount
of blood required by the body decreases and the surplus is stored in the
liver. During vigorous activity blood is released from the liver to increase
the volume of circulating blood. As Wang Bin’s Annotations on the Suwen
notes, “The liver stores blood, the heart circulates blood. When the body
moves blood circulates in the channels, when at rest it flows back to the
liver.” If the liver’s blood storage function is abnormal, there will be an
affect on normal body activities causing hemorrhagic diseases. For example,
if liver blood is deficient the following problems may appear: the symptoms
of vertigo, contracture of spasm of muscles and tendons, impairment of
flexion and extension of limbs or scanty menstruation and amenorrhea.

Controlling the Tendons and the Luster Reflected in the Nails

The tendons, fascia, and ligaments of the body all rely on the nourishment
of liver blood. The movements of limbs and joints are not only the result of
tendon flexing but are also related to the strength or weakness of liver
blood. Only if liver blood is ample, can it nourish and supplement the
tendons to continue the normal movements of the limbs. If the liver blood is
insufficient and fails to nourish the tendons, the patient might experience
symptoms such as tremors of the hands or feet, numbness of the limbs, or
even difficulty in flexing and extending the limbs. If pathogenic heat
exhausts the body fluid leading to the consumption of blood, then this will
cause convulsion,, opisthotonos and lockjaw (trismus). As the Suwen notes,
“various kinds of wind diseases causing the eyes to state upwards,
twitching, dizziness, and vertigo, belong to the liver.”

It is said that, “Nails are the remains of the tendons,” The dryness or
moisture of the nails can reflect the sufficiency or insufficiency of liver
blood. When liver blood is plentiful the tendons are supple and the nails
appear hard and moist. If liver blood is insufficient and incapable of
nourishing the tendons, then the nails may be thin, soft, brittle, and pale.
The Suwen records, “The liver communicates with the tendons. The health of
the liver is reflected in the luster of the nails.”

So what do you do from here? I would focus on NLC, getting some regular
acupuncture and herbal treatments, as well as teaching him some holding qi
gong postures. These help to strengthen the sinews of the body. I use
postures from the Universal Tao system, but align yourself with what works
for you