Acupuncture Articles

The Huatuojiaji Points & Spinal Degeneration (Spondylosis)

By Matt Callison|2018-12-29T22:49:46+00:00December 29th, 2018|Acupuncture Articles|

This blog post is an excerpt from Matt Callison’s soon to be released text book, Sports Medicine Acupuncture: An Integrated Approach Combining Sports Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine due out Spring of 2019!  It was Hua Tuo (110-207 AD), an important physician of the Han dynasty, who insightfully recognized the relationship between the spine, the

An Analysis of the Channel Imbalances Associated with Patellofemoral Syndrome

By Brian Lau|2018-12-03T19:30:05+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Acupuncture Articles|

In Sports Medicine Acupuncture®, we emphasize an integrated model, incorporating the best from the traditions of Western Orthopedics/Sports Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Maybe we learn about trigger points and then everything we see is through the lens of trigger point referral patterns. Or, maybe we learn how to assess for muscle imbalances and then

Medial Epicondylitis and the Heart Channel Sinews

By Brian Lau and Matt Callison|2018-10-31T15:31:30+00:00October 31st, 2018|Acupuncture Articles|

Medial epicondylitis frequently occurs in activities that require repetitive shortening and lengthening (eccentric and concentric) contractions of the wrist flexors, which occur in activities of daily living, as well as in golf and throwing sports. Avid rock climbers, in whom this condition is referred to as climber’s elbow, are also susceptible to developing medial epicondylitis.

Acupuncture for Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)

By Matt Callison|2018-10-02T18:12:09+00:00September 25th, 2018|Acupuncture Articles|

From professional to recreational sports, running is a common activity in which tibial stress syndrome becomes a primary complaint of lower leg pain. In treating this syndrome for over 15 years from both a western and eastern view, the author felt the importance of performing a study on this frequent injury. The research described below was designed to answer the basic question: Over the duration of the study, did athletes who received acupuncture perceive a decrease in shin splint pain and increase in activity level compared to athletes who received standard treatment?

Acupuncture and Moxibustion for Lateral Epicondylitis

By Matt Callison|2018-09-11T09:55:23+00:00August 30th, 2018|Acupuncture Articles|

This Acupuncture and Moxibustion for Lateral Epicondylitis blog is a modified excerpt from the soon to be released Sports Medicine Acupuncture: An Integrated Approach Combining Sports Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine by Matt Callison. Figure 1. Lateral epicondylitis is marked by pronounced tenderness at the tendinous attachment on the lateral epicondyle. Lateral epicondylitis

Sacroiliac Joint Pain and Dysfunction

By Matt Callison|2018-07-31T18:44:16+00:00July 28th, 2018|Acupuncture Articles|

Figure A. UB 26 and UB27 are located in very close proximity to the sacroiliac joint. The PSIS covers approximately the upper half of the sacroiliac joint. Sacroiliac joint pain (SIJ) is a common injury, which the patient will often seek help from an acupuncturist. This brief article will present a basic Sports

Neck and Rhomboid Pain: A Sinew Channel Approach

By Brian Lau|2018-07-03T00:58:07+00:00June 27th, 2018|Acupuncture Articles|

Neck and rhomboid pain is a frequent patient complaint. A common cause of this pain is entrapment of the dorsal scapular nerve. Clinical symptoms include muscle weakness and pain in the muscles it innervates: the levator scapula and rhomboids. Fig 1: Pain in the levator scapula and rhomboids due to entrapment of the dorsal

ACUPUNCTURE FOR HIP PAIN: A Sports Medicine Acupuncture® Approach

By Jay Bulloch, DAOM, L.Ac., C.SMA|2018-06-29T04:05:42+00:00April 27th, 2018|Acupuncture Articles|

Many people who suffer chronic pain or ongoing injuries struggle to find a long-term solution. Sports Medicine Acupuncture is a revolutionary method of treatment that incorporates principals from both Western Sports Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine into a truly integrated system. It can succeed where other forms of treatment have failed. While a single treatment

The Kidneys Influence on Ligaments

By Matt Callison|2018-06-26T17:50:39+00:00March 30th, 2018|Acupuncture Articles|

This blog entry is an excerpt from the author’s soon to be released book, Sports Medicine Acupuncture, that discusses the kidneys influence on ligaments. Typically, TCM theory places ligaments (and tendons) within the category known as jin or “sinews”. Additionally, TCM theory states that the Liver “rules the sinews”. However, it is

Yaoyan and the Channel Sinews

By Brian Lau|2018-12-20T18:19:35+00:00December 3rd, 2017|Acupuncture Articles|

The Extra Point Yaoyan The image on the left shows palpation of the extra point yaoyan (M-BW-24). This point is 3.5 cun lateral to the lower border of L4. While there are anatomical variations from person to person, generally the top of the iliac crest is relatively level with L4. This means that 3.5 cun