Acupuncture for Sports Injuries and Pain
Acupuncture is great for treating pain and there have been numerous studies conducted on the use of acupuncture for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and headache. Whether your aches and pains are the result of an acute injury or repetitive stresses, there are acupuncture techniques that can help.
Common Issues Treated Include
- Sports Injuries
- Sprains & Strains
- Rotator Cuff Issues
- Neck Pain (Cervicalgia)
- Shoulder Pain
- Back Pain (Lumbago or Sciatica)
- Knee Pain
Acupuncture is More than just needles! There are a number of other treatment modalities I can use to complement your acupuncture treatment to increase effectiveness and help you heal faster.
Cupping is the application of a special cup to the skin to create a vacuum, pulling up the skin and fascia. The treatment may create large, round, purplish marks like you may have seen on athletes such as Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Don’t worry – your body will recycle the iron from the old blood cells that are causing the coloration, and the spots will disappear in about 3 days to a week. This occurs due to upregulation of gene expression for an enzyme, heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1). Levels of this enzyme peak in 24-48 hours.
For electroacupuncture (sometimes referred to as e-stim), small clips are used to attach the needles to a device that generates continuous electric pulses. The frequency and intensity of the impulse can be adjusted, depending on the condition being treated. Different frequencies stimulate the release of different endogenous endorphins, the body's natural pain killers. Electroacupuncture is frequently used as a form of anesthesia, for muscle spasms, and for neurological disorders.
Also known as ear acupuncture, auriculotherapy is a system that uses points on the ear for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions in other parts of the body. While frequently used in conjunction with traditional body acupuncture, auriculotherapy can be used independently to relieve pain, stress, and tension. Four different sensory nerves, the greater auricular, lesser occipital, auricular branch of the vagus, and auriculotemporal innervate the external ear, and stimulating points on the ear can help regulate sympathetic and parasympathetic tone.
RockTape Kinesiology Tape
Kinesiology tape is thin, sticky tape that is applied to the skin, causing a lifting effect. This lifting effect allows your lymphatic and venous systems to drain and "fluffs up" your fascia. Taping can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions and edema, a condition characterized by accumulation of fluid under the skin. For more information, check out the FAQ.
RockBlades Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, or IASTM, is a technique in which a set of hand held instruments are used to mobilize scar tissue, myofascial adhesions, and restrictions in soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves). IASTM results in improvements in range of motion, strength, and pain perception and increases the number of special cells called fibroblasts that are important in tissue repair and healing.
Trigger Point Acupuncture (Dry Needling)
Frequently referred to as dry needling (because a “dry” acupuncture needle rather than a hypodermic containing an injectable solution is used), trigger point acupuncture is a localized needling technique used to release taut bands in muscles and relieve pain and spasms. Releasing a trigger point can decrease muscular tension and increase range of motion. Dry needling looks like acupuncture, but is poorly regulated and has only come into vogue in the past 10 years or so. It differs from acupuncture in that it is only one of many techniques a well-trained acupuncturist may use.
Insurance is a complicated business with most plans, if they cover acupuncture at all, only covering certain procedures or limiting your number of visits. To ensure that you get the best care possible, not the care that is dictated by your insurance company, Wild Blue Sports Acupuncture is not in-network with any insurance plans. However, I can bill out-of-network or provide you with an itemized superbill. To verify if your insurance company offers acupuncture as an out-of-network benefit, click this button:
If you prefer to pay at time of service, these are my rates:
Initial Consultation and Treatment (1.5 hrs) $95
Follow-up Treatment (1 hr) $80
Follow-up Treatment (1.5 hrs) $120
Cupping/Auriculotherapy (30 min) $30
Kinesiology Taping $10
I believe that everyone should have access to quality, affordable healthcare. If you are a student, unemployed, or having financial difficulty for another reason, please talk to me about available discounts.
Four Hands Therapy
In partnership with Erin Exby, the amazing massage therapist who shares the office, we offer Four Hands Therapy--a blend of massage, acupuncture, and cupping for a super healing experience! Bliss out on the infrared/PEMF mat while two expert practitioners craft your personalized session.
30 minutes $60
45 minutes $90
60 minutes $120