Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine

Sports Acupuncture treats a wide variety of injuries

As an athlete I am very familiar with injuries from sprained ankles to torn ligaments in the knee to broken bones.  The Sports Medicine Acupuncturecommon link is that we all want to get back in the game as soon as possible.  The good news is that by understanding the exact injury, acupuncture can speed recovery and lower the risk of further tissue damage.




Because getting you better and back to your sport is a top priority, I work closely with with a number of Sports Medicine specialists across San Francisco.  My network includes several MD’s, a chiropractors, physical therapists, and other movement specialists. Whether you want to perform better at your chosen sport, or need help recovering from an acute or chronic injury, acupuncture has been shown to increase performance and decrease recovery time.  If you have an acute injury that requires surgery acupuncture can relax the tissue and decrease inflammation prior to the procedure.  After surgery sports acupuncture can decrease recovery time by increasing circulation and decreasing inflammation.

Injuries generally fall into different categories:

Overuse Injuries:

  • Arthritis (Knee)
  • Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Bursitis
  • Spasmed or painful muscles
  • Muscle weakness opposed to a tight muscle group
  • Sciatica

Acute injuries

  • Sprained ankles
  • Muscle pulls or tears
  • Fractures
  • Bone Spurs
  • Torn Ligaments
  • Contusions
  • Broken bones
  • Back pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Whiplash
  • Joint Separations

Affects of overtraining

  • Adrenal/Cortisol induced anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Slow recovery
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Premature aging

 

How Sports  Acupuncture Works

By relieving both pain and inflammation, sports acupuncture can allow you to train harder and recover far more quickly both before and after an athletic event.  Whether you’re a triathlete with a nagging injury, have experienced an acute injury and want to speed recovery, or just a normal person who wants to take the next step in exercise performance, acupuncture can play a significant role int hat regard.

Other treatment modalities

Bodywork
I use shiatsu, tuina, deep tissue, and many other techniques to relieve pain and inflammation, but also to re-program the tissues of the body.  By utilizing trigger point therapy, PNF, and other contract-relax techniques, significant progress can be made in a short amount of time.
Diet and Botanical Medicines
What we ingest has a huge effect on how we feel and perform.  I help people change eating habits to insure peak performance. There is also a time when plant based medicines serve an important role in performance, recovery, and physiological balance.  I utilize many Adaptogenic herbs to elicit a powerful anti-stress and neuro-protective response in the body.  The rich tradition of herbal medicines in the Traditional Chinese pharmacopeia help people where diet and lifestyle cannot.  Herbs can be a powerful tool in the sports medicine arsenal.