About Ginna

Ginna is a licensed acupuncturist in Boulder, CO and the owner of Boulder Acusport.

Winter Self-Care for Athletes: the three things you should be doing to stay healthy this winter

Staying healthy and motivated during the winter can be tricky. Winter can be an especially harsh and taxing season. The colder temperatures and shorter days affect our circadian rhythms, our emotions, our digestion.  As athletes, we are already asking a lot of our bodies, and so we need to be particularly mindful of the ways [...]

By |2020-03-19T18:02:09+00:00February 2nd, 2017|acupuncture, Diet, Injury Prevention, self-care, Winter|0 Comments

5 Reasons Every Runner Needs Acupuncture

The Repetitive Nature Of Distance Running Almost Guarantees Overuse Injuries. Unless you are proactively working to correct the imbalances precipitated by a daily onslaught of unvaried movement, at some point you will probably succumb to injury.  Instead of waiting around for their ailments to heal, runners are increasingly turning to acupuncture to speed recovery [...]

3 Common Snow-Running Injuries and What To Do About Them

Running In The Snow Is Hard Work. Rory loves snow. We have not yet determined whether she loves acupuncture. When the temperature drops and the snow starts falling, I start to see some specific injuries directly related to running on ice and snow.  But why, exactly, does winter running confer a [...]

By |2020-03-19T18:02:32+00:00March 18th, 2016|acupuncture, Injury Prevention, trigger point, Winter|0 Comments

Trigger Points: Why Stretching Is Not The Answer

TRIGGER POINTS: WHY STRETCHING IS NOT THE ANSWER Trigger points cause real problems for athletes. Not only are they exquisitely painful, but they also affect movement. Trigger points inhibit range of motion by keeping muscles short and stiff. They also weaken muscles, causing them to tire quickly and recover slowly. They [...]

By |2020-03-19T18:02:41+00:00September 8th, 2015|acupuncture, Injury Prevention, Pain, trigger point|0 Comments

5 Things You Never Knew About Trigger Points

WHAT IS A TRIGGER POINT? If you’re an athlete, you are probably familiar with the term trigger point. Maybe you've been told that you have trigger points in your upper back or your calves, and maybe you've been instructed to buy a special ball to release said trigger points or to do a lot [...]

By |2020-03-19T18:02:49+00:00June 15th, 2015|acupuncture, Injury Prevention, Pain, trigger point|0 Comments

3 Ways to Control Pain Without Drugs

3 ALTERNATIVES TO NSAIDS AND OTHER DRUGS I admit the following methods are decidedly unsexy. Unlike the latest and greatest pharmaceutical, these take a bit of work, a bit of time, and they certainly aren’t going to make anyone millions. They also don’t come with any nasty side effects besides a better mood, better overall [...]

By |2020-03-19T18:02:57+00:00April 9th, 2015|acupuncture, Diet, inflammation, Pain, Speeding Recovery|0 Comments

Do You Have A Lazy Butt?

Lateral Hip Instability and What To Do About It. Are you dealing with plantar fasciitis? ITB syndrome, shin splints, Achilles pain? Patellofemoral syndrome or low back pain? Chances are, your glutes are contributing to and possibly even causing these injuries. It’s not that your glutes are doing something wrong—it’s that they’re [...]

By |2020-03-19T18:03:05+00:00March 4th, 2015|acupuncture, hip stability, Injury Prevention|0 Comments

Is Ice Slowing The Healing Of Your Injuries?

A Chinese Medicine Perspective On The Ice Debate. At some point, the notion that ice facilitates the healing process became conventional wisdom. Ice is somewhat of a gold standard in athletic training rooms across the country, and it is used without question on ankle sprains, torn hamstrings, or most any acute injury. [...]

By |2020-03-19T18:03:12+00:00February 22nd, 2015|Icing, Speeding Recovery|0 Comments

Three Things Endurance Athletes Need To Be Doing to Repair and Strengthen Their Tendons:

Tending To Your Tendons: Part 2 Tendon injuries are debilitating yet common for endurance athletes. As I covered in my last post, they are often managed poorly. Whether your injury is acute or chronic (and especially if it is chronic) there are three things you need to be doing to restore full [...]

By |2020-03-19T18:03:18+00:00January 29th, 2015|Injury Prevention, Tending To Your Tendons|0 Comments

Tendonitis vs. Tendinosis:  Why This Matters For Endurance Athletes

Tending To Your Tendons: Part 1 Climber’s elbow. Achilles pain. Rotator cuff tear. Most athletes have experienced tendon pain at some point in their careers. In fact, tendon pain is one of the most commonly diagnosed chronic connective tissue disorders in sports medicine.(1) Minor injuries to tendons will resolve quickly by themselves, [...]

By |2020-03-19T18:03:25+00:00January 23rd, 2015|Injury Prevention, Tending To Your Tendons|0 Comments