- Therapy Protocol and Treatments
The initial assessment combines both a Western and Eastern Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach, which includes the following:
Initial Questioning: Assesses the overall constitution of the patient
Orthopedic Examination and Diagnostic Imaging: Hypothesizes likelihood of injured tissue and possible contributing factors, and confirms or disproves the existence of such conditions
Vertebral Fixations and Facilitated Segments: Takes into account age-related factors, specifically for athletes older than 30
Posture Evaluation: Examines postural deviations and muscle imbalance that may be contributing to injury
Diagnosis: Determines treatment plan and protocol
Treatments then include a combination of any or all of the following:
Acupuncture and/or Moxibustion
Soft-tissue release, including:
Tuina, myofacial release, Neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy, sports massage,etc
Stretching – PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) or AIS (Active Isolated Stretching)
Kineseotaping(R) – when necessary
Internal and/or External Herbal Medications
Therapeutic Exercise Prescription
Some individual therapy descriptions are listed below:
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 4,000 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most widely researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine in the U.S.
According to Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body. Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterilized needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of this type of therapy include:
- Pain reduction
- Relaxation of body and mind
- Relief from stress and tension
- Increased blood circulation
- Increased energy levels
- Aids with digestion and toxin removal
- Improved internal organ function
- Relief from bad habits and addictions
- Greater sense of overall well-being
- Neuromuscular Therapy
NMT is a thorough program of recovery from acute and chronic pain syndromes. It utilizes specific massage therapy, flexibility stretching, and home care to eliminate most patterns of neuromuscular pain. This specific and scientific approach to muscular pain relief helps bring about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles, and biomechanics. It is part of a comprehensive program, which compliments the other modalities of AcuSportsTherapy.
- Structural Integration
Structural integration employs soft tissue manipulation with the goal of realigning the body in relationship to the force of gravity. The theory underlying structural integration asserts that often the body’s connective tissue is “bound up,” thus restricting opposing muscles from working independently of one another. Thus, we aim to loosen the restricted connective tissue by using a practice very similar to deep tissue massage.
- Sports Massage
Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body’s natural immune function.
- Cold Laser Therapy
COLD LASER THERAPY, or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) as it is also called, is a light source treatment that generates light of a single wavelength. LLLT emits no heat, sound, or vibration. Instead of producing a thermal effect, LLLT may act via non-thermal or photochemical reactions in the cells of the body. This reaction is also referred to as photobiology or biostimulation.
Laser therapy has many effects some of which are a decrease in pain and inflammation, and overall quicker healing time.
- Kineseotaping ®
The Kinesio Taping Method, developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase over 25 years ago in Japan, has quickly become the gold standard for therapeutic rehabilitative taping. The proprietary method of taping uses a uniquely designed and patented tape for treatment of muscular disorders, as well as lymph edema reduction.
Kineseo Taping ® involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. It affects the activation of the neurological system, the body’s information processor, and the circulatory system. Muscles, crucial for body movement, also control among other functions, the circulation of venous and lymph flows and body temperature. The failure of the muscles to function properly, therefore induces various kinds of symptoms.
This method and tape allow the individual to receive the therapeutic benefits 24 hours per day with both comfort and ease, because each application can be worn for several days.
Kineseotaping (R) has been used by a variety of professional athletes, including the women’s volleyball team at the summer Olympics, the US Cycling team, and star tennis players as well.
Olympic Gold-metal winner Kerri Walsh sporting blue kinesiotape(R) preparing to serve
Serena Williams Worlds #1 Tennis Player wearing flesh-colored tape on each leg during a match
- Active Isolated Stretching
Developed by Aaron Mattes, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic system for improving your flexibility and overall well-being. As you probably already know, stretching your muscles not only reduces your chance of injury, but also strengthens your tendons and improves your circulation.
Cupping is a therapy designed to stimulate the flow of blood and Qi within the superficial layers of the body. It is used for sore muscles, tension, neck pain and even the common cold. In this modality, small glass cups are placed over specific areas on the body. A vacuum is created under each cup using suction. The cups may be moved over an affected area or left in place. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and pain-relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about 10 minutes while the patient relaxes. Sometimes, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone.