Assessment & Treatment

Successful Needle Technique for Patellar Pain Syndromes

By Matt Callison|July 1st, 2024|Acupoints & Motor Points, Assessment & Treatment, Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Injuries|

In this traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture technique, known as Wei Long Ci, 6-8 needles are used to surround the anatomical tissue or area of patellar pain. For the best effect, the needles should be inserted on opposite sides of the affected tissue and

Chronic Ankle Instability, Manual Muscle Testing & Acupuncture

By Matt Callison|June 4th, 2024|Acupoints & Motor Points, Assessment & Treatment, Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Injuries|

Figure 1. A modification of the classical Qi Ci needle technique. Twisting the coil-handles of two needles together at GB 40 greatly enhances ankle ligamentous proprioception. Chronic ankle instability (CAI) is a condition characterized by a recurring ankle inversion injury with

Mr. Miyagi & the Misaligned Fibular Head

By Sean Davis|February 21st, 2024|Assessment & Treatment, Case Studies, Featured, Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Injuries|

Sometimes I feel like Mr. Miyagi in the clinic. Today, I had a patient come in who I hadn't seen for a few years. He starts the treatment by praising me for fixing his Achilles tendinopathy when I saw him last time after

Sacroiliac Joint Pain and the Pelvic Floor: An Approach for the Acupuncturist

By Matt Callison|November 26th, 2023|Assessment & Treatment, Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Injuries|

Sacroiliac joint pain is a common injury and is often the result of dysfunctional motion in the sacroiliac joint (SIJ). Studies have documented that motion occurs at the SIJ; therefore, hypomobility or hypermobility of the sacroiliac joint can lead to pain (Kiapour, A.,

Understanding and Diagnosing Tendinopathy

By Matt Callison|October 24th, 2023|Assessment & Treatment, Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Injuries|

This article is an excerpt is from Sports Medicine Acupuncture: An Integrated Approach Combining Sports Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine by Matt Callison. A tendon is considered part of the contractile muscular unit. Although the tendon does not contract on its own, it

A Testament to Sports Medicine Acupuncture Education

By Uzi Chen|February 2nd, 2023|Assessment & Treatment, Case Studies|

I just wanted to take a moment and say "Thank you." Here's a testament for the power of sports medicine acupuncture education and a peek at how it helped us at San Diego Sports Acupuncture steer patients in the right clinical direction. Below

Including DU 1 (Changqiang) into Low Back Pain Treatment Protocols

By Matt Callison|November 30th, 2022|Assessment & Treatment|

Note: This lecture on low back pain treatment is founded in the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) Program and will be further elaborated on in the Pacific Sports and Orthopedic Acupuncture Symposium (PSOAS) Click here to check out this American Acupuncture Council Video

Sacroiliac Joint Pain: Psoas Reactive to the Piriformis Muscle

By Matt Callison|August 31st, 2022|Assessment & Treatment|

This functional assessment involves manual muscle tests of the psoas and a resistive test of the piriformis muscle. I use this examination primarily for patients with sacroiliac joint pain and also for hip flexor strain. An imbalance between the psoas and the piriformis

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