Acupuncture for muscle rehabilitation

man runningMany people find it hard to recover from an injury even with rounds of therapy. Stellar athletes, weekend warriors, people working in an office with with repetitive stress injuries,  and older individuals can all have problems recovering from an injury.  Many of my patients have tried dozens of therapies before finding their way to our acupuncture office.

Electro-acupuncture has a unique effect to help individuals who have stubborn injuries and chronic pain. Not only does acupuncture reduce pain and inflammation, but acupuncture also stimulates the growth of muscle tissue.

In a report at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting suggests that … Read More

All About Acupressure

Acupressure is the massage of acupressure points and channels.   I often use acupressure and tui na (Chinese medical massage) combined with with acupuncture in my clinic.

Acupressure in context

To really understand how acupressure works, we have to see it as part of the whole of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Chinese medicine dates back thousands of years.  The first book of Chinese medicine is called the Huang di nei jing, or the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Cannon.   

acupressureThe book is a conversation between the Yellow Emperor and his doctor, named Qi Bo.  Qi bo explains that health comes from a state … Read More

Acupressure for Back and Neck Pain

On Monday is the last class of my Acupressure for Self Healing Class at the Open Center.  My some of students asked for a preview of the class.

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How Acupuncture Treats Neck and Shoulder Pain

Over the years I have used acupuncture to treat many patients for neck and shoulder pain.

My treatment combines many different therapies including acupuncture, electroacupuncture, acupressure and tui na, cupping, and in some gua sha.

The therapies are personalized to each patient based upon the presense of trigger points, causes of the pain, and overall health of the Qi, the body’s energy.

How to Personalize Acupuncture Treatment

In acupuncture we consider the onset and triggers of the pain.  This will dictate the amount of stimulation and type of stimulation I will use in an acupuncture … Read More

3 Essential Back Stretches

This is the third post about how to treat back pain with acupuncture.

Back stretches and exercises are helpful to loosen your back and keep it pain free.  I use them in conjunction with acupuncture.

Here are three stretches to loosen your back, relieve tightness, and prevent pain.  Go slowly and don’t overdo it in order to avoid injury.

Bouncing

Bouncing is a great way to loosen up the back.  Place your hands on your lower back and gently bounce at the knees.   If you have tight spots, make your hand into a fist and massage them out.

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