Spotlighting Outstanding C.SMA Practitioners

C.SMA of the Month (January 2019)

Darren Maynard, L.Ac., C.SMA

 

Darren Maynard, L.Ac., C.SMA — Burlington Sports Medicine Acupuncturist | SPORTSMEDICINEACUPUNCTURE.COMDarren Maynard, a Burlington sports medicine acupuncturist who earned his C.SMA designation, describes how professional doors have been opened for him because of his SMAC training:

“I have been able to work with NHL players when I was practicing in New Jersey and since moving to Vermont I have had the opportunity to work with members of the US Ski Team and some of the top CrossFit athletes in the world…using the diagnostic skills learned in SMAC helps me to get to the root of the problem sooner, which allows patients to get healthier more quickly. This has helped me to set up a continuous stream of referrals from MDs, DCs, PTs and athletic coaches.”

Darren writes about how the skills learned in SMAC have led to pain relief in patients other than just professional athletes:

“I had a patient who was four months pregnant and had major issues with her migraines. Because of the pregnancy, she was unable to take her usual migraine medications. She was almost bed-ridden when the migraines came on. After two sessions of treating her suboccipital triangle and relaxing the musculature in her neck and upper back, her headaches were gone. She came to me every 4-6 weeks for maintenance for the remainder of the pregnancy and we kept her migraines at bay. This isn’t a story of a top athlete, but it shows this knowledge and these clinical skills can be used to treat anyone.”

To see our other featured C.SMAs, please visit our C.SMA of the Month page.

About the author(s):

Matt Callison is the president of the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification program. He has been combining sports medicine and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for over 26 years. He is the author of the Motor Point and Acupuncture Meridians Chart, the Motor Point Index, The Sports Medicine Acupuncture textbook and many articles on the combination of sports medicine and TCM.

By Matt Callison|December 27th, 2018|C.SMAs of the Month|

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