Treatment available for the following disorders:
How it works:
Sports Medicine Acupuncture incorporates principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Sports Medicine to view the patient’s injury from a truly integrated perspective.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of yin and yan of the life force known as gi or chi. Qi is said to flow through meridians (pathways) in the human body. Through 350 acupuncture points in the body, these meridians and energy flows may be accessed. Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces. If needles are inserted into these points with appropriate combinations it is said that the energy flow can be brought back into proper balance.
In Western societies and several other parts of the world, acupuncture is explained including concepts of neuroscience. Acupuncture points are seen by Western practitioners as places where nerves, muscles and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases bloodflow while at the same time triggering the activity of our own body's natural painkillers.
The Benefits of Acupuncture are:
1. More restful, quality sleep.
2. More energy, motivation.
3. More regular digestive system.
4. Increased mental clarity.
5. Less stress, reduced blood pressure.
Acupuncture points are located in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain. Your treatment will be discussed with you during your consultation.
After an acupuncture treatment some people feel relaxed while others feel energized.
Dry needling is used for the treatment of myofascial (muscular) trigger points and is based on theories similar, but not exclusive to traditional acupuncture; however, dry needling targets the trigger points, which is the direct and palpable source of patient pain, rather than the traditional “meridians”, accessed via acupuncture.
The distinction between trigger points and acupuncture points for the relief of pain is blurred. As reported by Melzack, et al., there is a high degree of correspondence (71% based on their analysis) between published locations of trigger points and classical acupuncture points for the relief of pain. What distinguishes dry needling from traditional acupuncture is that it does not use the full range of traditional theories of Chinese Medicine.
A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has an active trigger point/s within it, you might feel a sensation like a muscle cramp or twitching sensation.
A reproduction of 'your' pain may also be experienced initially. This sensation is a result of the deactivation of a trigger point, reducing pain and restoring normal length function in the involved muscle. There is also the additional benefit of the absence of 'post treatment tissue soreness' which can often be experienced following other manual therapy interventions.
Dry needling can be used during a massage treatment if needed and you are happy to experience the beneficial results.
"Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease".