Sport Medicine

Written by arnokroner on . Posted in acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, race, recovery, running, ultra distance, wellness

Swimming great Michael Phelps, NFL Pro Bowler Tony Richards, Tour de France Winner Vincenzo Nibali, and 18-time NBA All-star Kobe Bryant are just a few of the elite athletes who receive regular acupuncture, cupping and/or tuina treatments.

How can you benefit from the same level of support at your own level of fitness? Through acupuncture’s ability to:

    • Reduce inflammation, increase circulation and relax tense muscles.
    • Speed up healing of sprains, strains and soft tissue injuries such as bruises and tendonitis.
    • Naturally boost energy levels.

What about cupping and sports?

US Swimmer Michael Phelps made the headlines with cupping marks during the 2016 Olympics. Cupping involves placing a glass or plastic cup in problem areas and creating a vacuum inside the cup – suction is created on the skin surface. Stationary or massage cupping is a top modality to:

    • Remove toxins and alleviate inflammation.
    • Ease stiff  muscles, particularly when using massage cupping.
    • Promote the healing of any injury or pain, from sports or other causes.
    • Alleviate respiratory congestion.

Ask us if cupping could benefit you!

Herbs & Sports

In 1993 when the Chinese women’s track and field team broke multiple world records, the world found out that all the members consumed a special drink made from Cordyceps sinensis. The modern practice of herbal medicine, diet and supplementation can contribute to:

    • Enhanced performance in sports and daily life.
    • Faster healing and recovery for injuries such as broken bones, sprains and strains.
    • Less fatigue from strenuous workouts or over training.

Ask during your consultation how herbs and supplements can support your active lifestyle and contribute to a balanced training regimen in any sport or activity.

Acupuncture for Pain

Written by arnokroner on . Posted in acupuncture, pain

Pain can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. It has both physical and emotional components. It may be contained to a discrete area, as in an injury, or it can be more diffuse, as in disorders like fibromyalgia. Pain is mediated by specific nerve fibers that carry the pain impulses to the brain. Pain is present in various conditions such back and neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, menstrual pain, and headaches, including migraines. Acupuncture therapy is always a first line treatment for the treatment of pain and/or the underlying condition when appropriate.

How does acupuncture work for pain relief?

Acupuncture treatments works on two fronts: treating the root causes of the pain and alleviating the pain itself. Pain relief with acupuncture comes from inactivating the source of pain by modulating endorphin levels. Needling affects the cerebrospinal fluid concentrations of the naturally-occurring opiate substances acting at the spinal level or within the brain.

  • Natural Opioid Substances Activation – needling increases circulation and relaxes tense muscles.
  • Local Blood Flow – acupuncture increases local blood flow to the painful area.
  • Corticosteroid Release – needling stimulates vascular and immuno-modulatory factors, including those of local inflammation.

Acupuncture also shows promise as a complementary therapy to control symptoms in the treatment of cancer. In fact, Western doctors have used acupuncture to treat the pain, fatigue, nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.

Herbs & Pain

Chinese herbology addresses pain by first diagnosing and treating the root of the pain. In addition herbal products can support pain relief whether it is due to trauma, acute or chronic disease. Several product types are used:

  • Patent formulas – used to treat common pain types such as headaches, sore throat, knee pain.
  • Custom formulas – no two patients and pain manifestation and type are alike; this is why our dispensary can prepare custom formulas tailored to each presentation.
  • Patches & Ointments – various products are available to treat pain externally for joint, muscular or tendon pain

Please make sure you inform us about all medications you are currently taking as some herbs are contra-indicated with certain pharmaceuticals.

Did You Know That…

The Joint Commission issued a mandate in relationship to opioids requesting that proactive steps be taken to encourage health care providers to prioritize non-opioid pain management options, including acupuncture.

What About Ear Acupuncture for Pain?

Ear acupuncture is a viable alternative to existing fast-acting pain relief methods. It can be an easier treatment to adjust to. Ask us if it is suitable for you!

NFEC 50 + 2013 in Review

Written by arnokroner on . Posted in running, ultra distance

2013 ended pretty nicely with The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile run in Marin, north of San Francisco. With the UTMB in particular (and 100s of miles of mountain running) 2013 has been a great running year for me. The TNF50 was a good cherry on the cake since it was a beautiful cold day in the Marin Headlands and I also got a PR on that course (by 1 hour and 25 minutes no less!)

I first ran the course in 2011 and it was my first ultramarathon. It was fantastic and although I was a little slow (and I was hurting at the end quite a bit!) I pledged to come back. I went back in 2012 and the weather was so awful that they shortened the course to 46 miles (I did 9 hours and 58 minutes and I was very happy with that). I got so wet that sometimes by the ocean it seemed someone was throwing buckets of water at me! This year the weather was very cold but dry and sunny and, with the right equipment it was a great pleasure!

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