Acupuncture For Athletes.
Long before I chose a career as an acupuncturist, I was an athlete. Such a position gives me a unique perspective on pain, injuries and health. This blog is a platform to share that perspective—not for the sake of being alternative–but in order to explore the ways in which this ancient medicine is most valuable as a modern modality, and to add to the dialogue of the emerging field of sports medicine acupuncture.
Only by having an intelligent, evidence-based dialogue can acupuncture hope to no longer be marginalized as an alternative to Western medicine but be valued in its own right. This conversation is an important one, and these are the articles that I find worth writing and (hopefully) you will find worth reading.
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]