Sports acupuncture is a specialized form of treatment aimed at restoring normal muscle and joint function. Using this style of acupuncture along with muscle testing practitioners are able to accurately pin point musculoskeletal dysfunction. Once these dysfunctions are addressed, range of motion and proper motor function can be restored.
Most often painful movement with chronic injuries is the result of the nervous system not working optimally, meaning there is a disconnect between the muscles and the nervous system. This affects the firing patterns of muscles which in turn affects the tendons, nerves and joints. Manual muscle testing allows us to find these dysfunctions and correct the using neurofunctional acupuncture techniques.
Acupuncture has long been recognized as one of the best natural treatments for pain relief. Many clinical trials demonstrate that acupuncture is both a safe and effective treatment for acute and chronic pain conditions. Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to release neurotransmitters and neuropeptides to naturally block pain signals.
ELECTRO - ACUPUNCTURE
Electroacupuncture causes a release of endorphins and neurotransmitters which helps to help block pain signals and reduce inflammation. Like a reset button for your nervous system, electro acupuncture restores the disconnect between inhibited muscles and the nervous system. Normalizing these firing patterns reduces pain, inflammation and increases range of motion.
CUPPING / MYOFASCIAL DECOMPRESSION
Cupping or Myofascial decompression is a therapy where cups are placed on the skin to create suction. Cupping encourages blood flow and oxygen to tissues which helps to relieve pain, release tight fascia, and promote cellular repair. Cupping has become increasingly popular with athletes as it helps to release taught muscle bands and speed up recovery times. Cupping is a great treatment for getting rid of musculoskeletal tension which is often a physical manifestation of chronic stress.
GUA SHA / MYOFASCIAL SCRAPING
Gua sha is an ancient technique whereby tools are used to scrape the surface of the skin. Materials such as bone, horns, jade or medical grade stainless steel may be used during this therapy. Gua sha works by breaking down fascial adhesions, scar tissue and promoting cellular repair. Studies show that the use of gua sha improves range of motion, strength, tissue recovery and pain perception.
Chinese herbal medicine is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Herbs are prescribed to restore the body's natural balance and address a variety of health conditions. Different parts of plants, such as the roots, bark, stems, rhizomes, seeds and flowers may be used. Chinese herbs may be combined as formulas or given as single herbs. Your practitioner may prescribe in the form of capsules, liquid extracts or powders.