Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tending the Tendons

In Chinese medicine Spring corresponds to the "Liver." The  "Liver" system governs the sinews and tendons.  Inflamed tendons respond particularly well to electro-acupuncture. If you are experiencing tendontitis or tendonosis get treatment.

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Spring, the Liver and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Spring is not just a time to clean and refresh your home, but also a great opportunity to rejuvenate and cleanse your body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), spring is associated with the Wood element, which refers to growth and nourishment in the human body.

Spring represents a new beginning and a time to refresh the mind and body. TCM values the liver as one of the most important organs in the body. The main job of the liver is to spread and regulate QI (energy flow) throughout the rest of the body. This is why the liver is one of the organs emphasized for spring. The liver absorbs everything our body takes in and ingests, being the holder and detoxifier of blood that is circulated throughout the body.

Symptoms of an imbalance in the liver can include anger, depression, irritability, nausea, stiff muscles and bruising. Acupuncture and TCM can aid to restore the liver and body back into balance.
There are 14 acupuncture points for the liver that begin at the edge of the big toenail all the way up to just under the rib cage. When the liver is overloaded, toxins can build up and lead to a blockage in the Qi and blood flow throughout the body. Acupuncture can help to release this blockage and restore our bodies natural flow.

Common Running Injuries

Calling all runners, learn how acupuncture can help you recover from common ailments and strengthen and stabilize your body mechanics.  Great article by fellow sports medicine acupuncturist, Ginna Ellis.


5 Common Running Injuries and How Acupuncture Can Help

By Ginna Ellis
Acupuncture and running are a well-suited pair.
Whether you’re a casual runner or a qualifying entrant in Monday’s Boston Marathon, acupuncture can help you stay on top of your running game. From knee and hip pain to plantar fasciitis and fatigue, many ailments suffered by runners can be helped by acupuncture.
Here is how acupuncture addresses the 5 most common causes of running injuries.

Lazy butt syndrome

The problem
Runners are notorious for having inactive lateral glutes, the muscles that provide stability to the pelvis as you move forward.
When these muscles don’t engage, your femur rotates inward and your hip collapses. This excessive motion in the pelvis increases instability in your knees, ankles, and feet.
Unstable levers cannot tolerate high loads in either intensity or volume, so they tend to get injured. Runners are especially prone to this particular imbalance because they often focus on training the muscles that drive them forward—for example, the quads and calves—and not the smaller muscles that stabilize the pelvis.
How acupuncture helps
A single acupuncture treatment can activate your glute muscles, restoring the connection between your brain and your butt. This allows you to maintain the hip stability require

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in SF will offer Acupuncture!

So excited to be a part of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.  I will provide sports acupuncture therapy...