Sowa Rigpa Practitioner; physiotherapist
Matti Pennanen
Matti Pennanen graduated as a Physical Education Instructor from Laplands Sportintitute (Lapin Urheiluopisto) in 1993. Together with his rich experiences and passion for outdoor survival skills and activities, led him to become a teacher of Adventure and physical education in Peräpohjolan opisto, Tornio Finland from 1994 to 2001, known as the Humak Polytechnik. Matti specializes in mountaineering and has held the European Mountain Leader Award in 1996.

After 8 years of career, it was time to change work and he became a Licensed massage therapist in 2002. Since then he has done therapy work in several locations in private clinics in Helsinki areas and alongside going through specialty courses in osteopathic mobilization, and craniosacral therapy and has been a Traditional Tibetan Medicine (Sowa Rigpa) student since 2013. Matti has been spending his free time in Estonia, co-leading building projects at the Sowa Rigpa Väluste School since 2017.

Hobbies; outdoor activities, hiking, climbing, canoeing.


Title: Case studies on cold-natured chronic neck-arm pain with moxibustion

In this thesis, I take a look at similar types of problems which are known as tension neck, frozen

shoulder, tennis elbow, and canalis carpi from a Traditional Tibetan Medicine (Sowa Rigpa) point of view. The study was made with a group of 38 people, who are living in Finland. Cold and humid conditions are plurality in this part of the world. These clients came looking for treatment of neck, back, shoulder, and arm problems in private clinics.

Pain and stiffness were the most common symptoms. Some clients also complained of symptoms like headache and numbness. Most people felt symptoms getting worse in the cold season, winter, and windy environment. This group does not include other chronic diseases.

In palpation, muscles felt hard, and joint movement was limited. The most common reaction was dull pain along the JACHE and RATNA meridians during palpation. Another common reaction was numbness while applying pressure to the meridian. People were evaluated by disturbed humor. All participants had rlung / Bedkan combination symptoms. The study of problematic areas in the body where organized into the following categories neck, shoulder, upper back, and arms.

Moxibustion was chosen as the main therapy for treatment. Treatment started with moxa and then followed with other additional therapy as needed massage, cupping, or joint mobilization. Observations from moxibustion treatment of JACHE and RATNA channels are that they offer very effective treatment for neck–arm symptoms. Treatment relieved- or reduced pain with everyone in this group. Important locations to treat upper body symptoms are the second JACHE and the third RATNA points. These two points will affect the neck, shoulder, whole arm, and upper back down to the scapula level. Cold-natured humor can accumulate easily in people who have injuries, illnesses, or other big changes in their lives. Over a long period, a hot chronic state can turn into cold-natured symptoms. Moxibustion is an effective or even critical treatment in this case, but for the best result, other therapies should be included.