Sports Medicine Acupuncture

 

A Certified Sports Medicine Acupuncturist (C.SMA) combines sports medicine knowledge of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems with traditional and modern Chinese Medicine diagnostic and treatment techniques to provide a more sustained, holistic and natural healing of pain resulting from sport, work and orthopedic-related injuries.
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A Certified Sport Medicine Acupuncturist can identify the cause of many symptoms and provide a path to help delay or prevent a recurrence. If you have a chronic injury or would like to prevent an acute injury from turning into one it is a good time to look for someone who can help assess and treat the root of your injury. Many symptoms arise from poor posture, including, but not limited to: back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headache, osteoarthritis, increased risk of injurious falls, decreased lung function, and higher mortality rates.
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Conducting a postural analysis can help identify the root cause of your symptoms. For example, sometimes a raised shoulder on one side may be a compensation for a raised pelvis on the opposite side. Treating the shoulder may yield temporary results, but addressing the main imbalance which is the raised pelvis will help the body to regain it's normal balance and function. Another example is when you experience fatigue due to having shoulders that are hunched forward creating shallow breathing. You might get temporary relief from boosting your energy, but bringing your shoulders back to a more optimal position will help your breathing issue providing longer lasting results.
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Our lifestyle has led to a deficiency of movement which stagnates not only our musculoskeletal system, but, also, all other systems whose well-being depends upon movement. Because these systems start to atrophy, our bodies compensate and make adaptions. If a non-optimal muscle for a particular movement becomes the dominant muscle it will cause others to weaken, especially the one that is primarily responsible for the movement. Over time, this can alter the body's structure. This pattern can force the joints to move at incorrect angles which solidifies the imbalances and creates further compensations. This pattern wears out the cartilage in our joints leading to osteoarthritis.
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After assessing these imbalances, finding a potential link among any symptoms, musculoskeletal or otherwise, a treatment plan will be formulated to correct them. Treatment options include acupuncture, Chinese massage, microcurrent point stimulation, cupping, gua sha, kinesiology taping, lifestyle and dietary consultations, and most importantly, an exercise prescription. The gentleness and time needed to complete these exercises will be tailored to your needs and tolerances. You will be empowered to take control of your healing by setting your own pace and goals for your exercises. Changing your posture will lead to balance, proper alignment and free motion.
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Results may vary depending upon how often you do the corrective exercises. The time to achieve lasting results will depend upon how long you've fallen out of good posture and the complexity of your goals. For example, athletes have smaller tolerances for poor posture because they're always striving for optimal performances despite being fatigued. Regardless, if you're experiencing pain, you should see a lessening of pain within the first or second session.
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