Sports Wellness Acupuncture
Sports Medicine Acupuncture incorporates principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Sports Medicine to view the patient's injury from a truly integrated perspective. The benefits:
- Successfully combine channel and organ (zang fu) differential diagnosis with sports medicine assessment.
- Integrate TCM and Western approaches for treating work, sport and orthopedic related injuries.
- Sports Medicine Acupuncture practitioners have extensive training.
- Application of studies, research and injury management delivered in the advice, medicine and treatment strategies.
- Practitioners communicate effectively to with MDs, PTs and other relevant healthcare providers
What is Sports Medicine Acupuncture?
Sports medicine is a broad and complex branch of health care
that involves several disciplines. Essentially, sports medicine
applies western medical and scientific knowledge to prevent,
recognize, assess, manage and rehabilitate injuries related to
sport, exercise or recreational activity. Sports medicine is
targeted not only to the professional athlete but the person with an athletic or active lifestyle to enhance health, fitness and performance. Sports medicine is used by a variety of health care professionals and is practiced in a number of venues with overlapping but distinct areas of expertise. This includes
athletic trainers, acupuncturists, massage therapists, podiatrists, dietitians, psychologists, exercise physiologists, chiropractors, surgeons, physical therapists and several other specialties. Each health care discipline practicing under the umbrella of sports medicine has the same goal of rehabilitating
the injured athlete back to full participation and function. The athlete young or old, professional or recreational are those individuals that use regular exercise to obtain health.
Sports Medicine Acupuncture contains both Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM) and Sports Medicine diagnostic techniques used to
view the patient’s injury from each of these different
perspectives. With both the professional and recreational
athlete, the goal is to accurately assess the mechanism and
severity of the patient’s musculoskeletal complaint. This is
accomplished by using a combination of orthopedic special tests,
range of motion, manual muscle testing and palpation to identify
the injured tissue. These techniques used to assess local stagnation are joined with TCM differential diagnosis, providing a paradigm of the athlete’s local injury and overall health (Qi, Blood, Yin, Yang, Shen). The objective of this combination, Sports Medicine Acupuncture is to address the athlete’s healing potential thereby strengthening the patient, and as a result,
decreases injury rehabilitation time. Getting the athlete back to their desired activity, enhancing performance and preventing re-injury through treatment and education is the goal.Matt Callison
Excerpt from the Sports Medicine Acupuncture textbook (in press)