Brian Lau

About Brian Lau

Brian Lau, AP, C.SMA is has been on the faculty of the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification since 2014, and also teaches foundation courses with AcuSport Education. Brian lives and practices in Tampa, FL where he owns and operates Ideal Balance: Center for Sports Medicine Acupuncture (www.ideal-balance.net). He blogs on anatomy and TCM at www.sinewchannels.com.

Atlanto-Occipital Fixation: A Culprit to Many Pain Patterns

By |June 30th, 2022|Acupoints & Motor Points|

In the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification program, we look at the role that vertebral and sacral fixations play in patient complaints including musculoskeletal and zang fu disorders. In this blog, we will introduce the occiput and C1 fixation at the atlanto-occipital (AO) joint.

A Proprioceptive Needle Technique for the Neck & Completion of the 2019-2022 SMAC Program

By |May 3rd, 2022|News & Events, Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Injuries|

In this month's blog post, we're sharing a video of a proprioceptive needle technique for the neck and a bit about the completion of the 2019-2022 SMAC Program. Completion of the 2019-2022 SMAC Program We just completed the East Coast 2019-2020 Sports Medicine

The Psoas Major, the Lumbar Plexus, and the Dai Mai

By |January 3rd, 2022|Acupoints & Motor Points, Channel Sinews (Jingjin)|

Every December, I lead two back-to-back five-day cadaver labs for the University of Tampa’s Physician Assistant program. In each lab, I lead half of the students through a full body dissection in five small teams, each working on a specimen. The following week,

Vertebral Mechanics: Spinal Offsets

By |March 31st, 2021|Assessment & Treatment, Uncategorized|

Addendum to "Spinal Offsets and the Huatuojiaji Points: A Zangfu Perspective" Webinar with Lhasa OMS Matt Callison and I were recent guests on a Lhasa OMS hosted webinar. We discussed Huatuojiaji points, vertebral mechanics, spinal offsets and their relationship to the Zangfu. This

Exercise Prescription for the Acupuncturist — Elevated Ilium and Medial Knee Pain: A Channel Sinew Perspective

By |December 2nd, 2020|Corrective Exercises/Intradermal Needles, Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Injuries|

Figure 1. The practitioner places both hands over the highest point of each ilium and observes the relative hand placement to determine if there is an elevated ilium. Rehabilitative exercise is a comprehensive science based on a

What Is Sports Acupuncture?

By |November 3rd, 2020|Business & Practice, Featured, Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Injuries|

  Sports acupuncture is a non-defined general term used by many practitioners who apply acupuncture to treat activity or sports-related injuries. The principle behind this term is based solely on the practitioner’s own experience in either “sports” or “acupuncture.” Currently, there is no

The Sternocleidomastoid Muscle & Its Channel Relationships

By |July 2nd, 2020|Channel Sinews (Jingjin)|

Fig. 1 The Sternocleidomastoid muscle The sternocleidomastoid muscle (Fig. 1) is frequently involved with a host of issues that bring patients into an acupuncture clinic. This muscle is a major contributor to muscle tension headaches, but also

Patient Self-Care for Balancing the Lung Sinew Channel (Jingjin)

By |May 5th, 2020|Channel Sinews (Jingjin)|

Fig. 1: Patient has shortened LU Jingjin with an anterior scapular tilt This blog post will look at the influence of the myofascial plane of the Lung sinew channel (jingjin) on the position of the scapula and, therefore, its involvement with injuries

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