Sunday, February 26, 2017

Acupuncture evaluation of achilles pain

Simple video for acupuncturists to learn how to differentiate achilles pain.

I have found that achilles pain treated correctly does not have to be a lifelong struggle. 

Acupuncture for Common Rugby Injuries

East Asian medicine modalities of acupuncture, cupping therapy, gua sha and tui na massage for rugby soft tissue injuries of muscles, tendons, ligaments can speed recovery time, reduce inflammation and get players back on the field.


Which Rugby Players Suffer the Most Injuries?

  • Hookers and flankers sustain the most injuries.
  • Forwards are more frequently injured than backs because of their greater involvement in physical collisions and tackles.
  • In the backs, wings, fullbacks and centres are at the highest risk of injury.
  • In the scrum, the locks are at greatest risk of facial cuts and cauliflower ear (external deformity to the ear caused by repeated blows.
  • Players in rucks and mauls commonly suffer injuries to fingers and thumbs as well as abrasions and lacerations from cleats.

Common Rugby Injuries

Knee Pain

  • ACL injury
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Meniscus tears
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Patella Tendonitis (Tendinopathy)
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • ITB Syndrome
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Plica Syndrome
  • Bursitis Knee

Ankle Injuries

  • Sprained Ankle
  • High Ankle Sprain
  • Anterior Ankle Impingement
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Retrocalcaneal Bursitis

Thigh & Hamstring Pain

  • Thigh strain
  • Hamstring strain
  • Corked Thigh

Shin & Calf Pain

  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Calf Muscle Tear
  • Shin Splints
  • Stress Fracture

Foot Pain

  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fracture Feet

Groin Pain

  • Osteitis Pubis
  • Groin Strain
  • Adductor Tendinopathy

Hip Pain

  • Hip labral tear
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Gluteal Tendinopathy
  • Hip Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Stress Fracture
  • Trochanteric Bursitis

Back Pain

  • Back Muscle Pain
  • Bulging Disc
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Pinched Nerve

Shoulder Pain

  • AC Joint Injury
  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • Shoulder Tendonitis
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Bursitis Shoulder

Muscle Pain

  • Muscle Strain (Muscle Pain)
  • Cramps
  • DOMS - Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Neck Pain

  • Neck Arm Pain
  • Neck Headache
  • Wry Neck
  • Pinched Nerve

Wrist / Hand Injuries

  • Thumb Sprain

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Relief for tennis elbow with partially torn tendon

 I love treating tennis elbow.  There is nothing like a few well-placed needles with gentle electro-stim to support a reduction in inflammation and stimulate the body to get to work on tendon repair.
"My experience in receiving acupuncture treatments is extensive. I've seen numerous practitioners over the years for infertility, acid reflux and tendinitis. This year, I've been suffering from tennis elbow / partial tear in my tendon.  I've been trying everything from massage therapy, castor oil wrap, flexbar, acupuncture etc. and even stopped playing tennis for 2 months.

Then I recently bumped into Jenny Nieters at a dog park in Pasadena, while she was visiting her family. We started chatting and found out she's an acupuncturist specializing in sports medicine. I was like "WHAT???" Then she told me about her electroacupuncture treatment technique.  Read about  it on her website.  At the risk of intruding on her time off with her parents, I asked if she can treat me. She said sure and agreed to see me at her parents place that day. Needless to say, neither of us felt worried about our safety. She's very kind and approachable.

My pain level that day was about 8.  After her treatment, it went down to almost 0!!!  My pain did come back after a few hours but only about to 3 or 4.  And I believe that if she could treat me on a weekly basis, I would recover much faster.  But she lives in ALAMEDA!!

Please open an office here in Pasadena!!"
Darlene on Yelp!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Low back pain, what are you waiting for?

One in four (58.8 million) adults suffer from chronic low back pain. Before considering addictive pain medications or costly and invasive surgeries, consider an evaluation to see if your condition could be helped with orthopedic acupuncture.  

The patient often cannot evaluate their condition other than so say, "their back,  hip, or buttock hurts. It can hurt to move, exercise, sit, stand or walk, it can be painful to sleep.  

The acupuncturist with anatomical understanding of pain and functional movement relationships can evaluate the condition, rule-out a serious condition, with simple muscle tests, sensitive palpation, they can develop a treatment protocol with only a few well placed "yin" needles with gentle electrical stimulation (e-stim.).

Common pain generators in low back and buttock pain cases:
  • Quadratus Lumborum aka "the joker of low back pain,"
  • Gluteus Medius aka "the lumbago muscle."
  • Gluteus Minimus  aka "the pseudo-sciatica muscle."
  • Sacroiliac Joint
  • Sacraltuberous Ligament

I just finished three days of helping to teach a course in Maui, with the always inspirational, Whitfield Reaves, on how to evaluate, assess and  treat low back and hip pain with acupuncture.  I realized when I saw the numbers in the graphic below that the work that we are doing, teaching acupuncturists is absolutely vital. Our bodies were simply not designed for the lifestyle that we are living. The world needs more well-trained acupuncturists!

In the acupuncture world, just as in the western medicine world there are areas of specialization.  For example, I never treat skin disorders, I refer out. If you have tried acupuncture for pain or injury and you didn't see a change in your condition within 1-3 treatments, don't hesitate to ask your practitioner to reevaluate their approach and diagnosis.

When I travel and people hear that I am an acupuncturist, I often hear "Oh, I tried acupuncture (for my back pain or for my sciatica) once and it didn't help," or "I don't believe in acupuncture." Every time I hear that I am more determined that acupuncturists should have training so that they can successfully evaluate and treat these conditions.

Acupuncturists need to understand how to evaluate which conditions are likely to respond to treatment and which conditions will not respond and are surgical and which conditions need a team approach with a talented physical therapist, athletic trainer, orthopedist, massage therapist, pilates instructor, corrective movement specialist, chiropractor etc.  As an acupuncturist, I  do not try to be everything to the patient.

It is important that you keep moving. If pain is stopping you, do something about it.

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...