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Click here to download the full article “The Sinew Channels (Jingjin) and Vertebral Fixations” by Brian Lau, DOM, AP, C.SMA This article will explore vertebral fixations and their relationships to both extraordinary vessels (Qi Jing Ba Mai) and the sinew channels (Jingjin). In Sports Medicine Acupuncture®, assessment of vertebral fixations is an important part of […]
An Acupuncturist’s Guide to the Treatment and Assessment of Plantar Fasciitis and Excessive Foot Pronation15 Jan 2009/in Acupuncture Articles /by Matt Callison
The feet play a very important role in dynamic posture and balance, although a change in the foot mechanics can predispose the foot and body to injury. The foot, being shaped like a half dome, has two primary arches that provide shock-absorbing features during weight-bearing activities. A collapse of one or both of these arches puts overwhelming stress on the soft tissue and joint components of the foot with the end result being pain somewhere along the musculoskeletal chain. In this article, we will examine excessive foot pronation, its role with plantar fasciitis and how acupuncture can effectively treat this syndrome.
Muscle tension headaches are a common occurrence in athletes, who may suffer impact trauma to the head and neck (for example in soccer or rugby), or else be required to repeatedly extend their head and neck upwards as part of their sport (for example in tennis or basketball). This article describes the treatment of muscle tension headaches with acupuncture and moxibustion, and includes their aetiology, diagnosis and TCM pattern identification. Also included is a discussion of how motor points can be combined with points based on a traditional Chinese medical approach for improved clinical results. The theory is illustrated with a case study from the author’s own practice.
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?