To treat injuries and other pain conditions, we combine principles and practices of traditional Chinese Medicine with Western-based notions of sports medicine, including orthopedics, physiology, Trigger Points, and motor points. Built on millennia of experience with acupuncture points and treatments for specific conditions, we also incorporate more modern knowledge of the human body and dysfunctions that athletes commonly face.
Acupuncture can help not only elite athletes and weekend warriors but also non-athletes with muscolskeletal pain, acute and chronic injuries, and post-surgery recovery. Importantly, acupuncture can also assist with other problems, such as insomnia, general fatigue, and gastrointestinal problems, that might exacerbate pain or delay recovery.
Finally, each acupuncture treatment is tailored to the individual, both in terms of the specific medical condition and the person’s needs and desires. Even if two people have the same injury, their treatments will likely differ at least a bit because their general health, lifestyles, and treatment goals will not be the identical. Because of the wide variety of techniques and modalities available to us, we can choose an appropriate treatment for each unique situation.
What sports-related conditions can acupuncture treat?
Some of the many sports-related conditions acupuncture can treat include:
- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)
- Ilio-Tibial Band Syndrome
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
- Hamstring Strains
- Low Back Pain
- SI Joint Dysfunction
- Glute medius/minimus dysfunction
- A/C Joint Dysfunction
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Gastrointestinal disturbances
- Fatigue/Low Energy
- Stress and Anxiety
- Post-surgery recovery
For conditions that do not involve soft tissue or that involve severe tears and strains (e.g. meniscus tears, ACL/MCL tears, severe ligament and tendon strains), acupuncture may help with symptoms and overall strength for recovery. However, acupuncture cannot heal bone, cartilage or other inert tissue injuries or severe tears and strains. In these cases, we recommend concurrent treatment by a Western medicine specialist. We are happy to coordinate treatment with your doctor when appropriate.