Sports Medicine Acupuncture® incorporates principles and techniques from traditional Chinese medicine and western sports medicine to assess and treat the patient’s injury from a truly integrated perspective. Acupuncturists attend continuing education classes for certification in this specialized field.
Sports Medicine Acupuncture® uses functional anatomy, range of motion testing, orthopedic examinations, manual muscle testing and palpation to identify the injured tissues. Muscle imbalances are assessed through static and functional movements which guide the acupuncturist to understand how and why the injury occurred. This assessment is integrated into the traditional Chinese Medicine channel systems (jing luo, jing jin) to diagnose and treat the excess (shi) and deficient (xu) conditions involving the channels and the injured tissue. Sports Medicine Acupuncture® emphasizes the importance of determining an accurate organ (zang fu) differential diagnosis to ensure an individualized treatment plan for the patient and their injury.
Sports Medicine Acupuncture® is strongly rooted in TCM and respects its simplicity and complexity. Integrating Western Sports Medicine with the genius of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a continuous and life-long endeavor.