Sports Medicine

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Pain management is the bread and butter of TCM. Whether the pain is acute or chronic, TCM offers patients a safe, effective, non-addictive and non-invasive pain relief. There are many approaches to pain relief. Some of my favorite pain management and orthopedic modalities are trigger point, Master Tung, Muscle-Channel Technique, cupping, moxibustion and guasha.

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Left: James Harrison relied on a form of acupuncture and other Chinese therapies to help him recover from pain and soreness during his 16-year NFL career. “If it makes me feel good,” the recently retired player says, “I don’t need no scientific proof.”
Right: After a weightlifting workout, Harrison received a Chinese cupping treatment, in which a therapist uses suction to attach plastic cups to the skin. In recent years many athletes and trainers have embraced the therapy as a way to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, and perform a type of deep tissue massage.

Sports Medicine

Randomized controlled trials show that acupuncture, especially electro-acupuncture, plays a significant role in injury recovery. These studies indicate that with regular administration of acupuncture during the recovery process, the patient can expect pain relief and increased range of motion, and a sped-up recovery time.

Trigger Point

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Also known as dry-needling, trigger points or “knots” are stimulated and released, encouraging proper neuro-muscular activation.

 

Cupping

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Cupping reduces pain and inflammation, and increases range of motion by utilizing negative pressure, which enables increased blood and lymphatic circulation to injured tissues.

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