Sports Acupuncture

Acupuncture is used in the treatment of injuries,  musculoskeletal and constitutional imbalances, and is often effective for relieving muscle pain,  spasm and improving circulation to tense or injured tissues.  Acupuncture is especially effective for tendon and ligament sprains, strains, and chronic injuries which have been poorly responsive to other types of treatment.

Health is viewed as a balance between opposing forces, yin and yang. Forces that disrupt this balance move the body away from health and toward disease and poor function.  Acupuncture is seen as a way to balance these forces to promote health and in the case of athletes, to improve performance.

The Yin aspect of training supports the body to build muscles, promote liver glycogen storage and prepare the body for bursts of energy needed during performance.  The Yang aspect is to stimulate output at the time of the performance.  The third part of the approach is individualizing treatment, taking into account relatively strong vs. weaker systems, a past history of injuries or recurrent injuries, and other important health issues which could impact training and performance.  With this approach acupuncture can be performed in order to improve both training and competitive activities.