Sports Medicine

Can Acupuncture Heal Damaged Ligaments?

Damaged ligaments

Ligaments are strong connective tissue bands that connect bones to bones. They are similar to tendons which connect muscles to bones. Ligaments are found between most bones of the body and function to limit movement between bones. Ligament damage often occurs during injuries. Once damaged, they cause destabilization of joints and are often slow to …

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What is Sports Medicine Acupuncture?

What is sports medicine acupuncture?

Guest Blog Supplied by Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program Sports acupuncture is a non-defined general term used by many practitioners who apply acupuncture to treat activity or sports-related injuries. The principle behind this term is based solely on the practitioner’s own experience in either “sports” or “acupuncture.” Currently, there is no regulatory board with set guidelines …

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Acupuncture and Sports Performance

Acupuncture and sports performance

Many people use acupuncture to address specific injuries, relieve chronic pain or reduce daily stress. Now, healthcare professionals are recommending acupuncture for competitive athletes to fine tune muscle groups, and improve athletic performance.  Many athletes are turning to Sports Medicine Acupuncture to avoid getting hurt and to promote recovery when an injury is sustained. Sports …

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Can Chiropractic Care Relieve Wrist Pain?

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Although we mainly focus on the spine, chiropractors can make adjustments on the extremities (arms, legs, ribs and jaw). Wrist pain in particular can be a symptom that originates from different regions of our bodies, including the neck, shoulder, elbow and wrist. How the problem started will be a determining factor in determining whether the …

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Exercise and Stretches for Knee Pain

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Knee pain commonly occurs when muscles, tendons, or ligaments that surround the knee are experiencing inflammation or are injured. This pain is prevalent among teenagers, young adults, athletes, and those experiencing arthritic pain.  Below are the top exercises and stretches you can do at home to help strengthen or relax key muscles to help address …

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Acupuncture for High Hamstring Strain

Acupuncture for high hamstring strain

High hamstring strains occur in the upper thigh near the buttock. It is technically know as proximal hamstring tendinopathy. High hamstring strains are a common injury for middle to long distance runners and those participating in running and kicking sports. Symptoms of a high hamstring strain High hamstring strain usually develop gradually overtime. The can …

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4 Tips to Prevent Injuries for Runners

4 tips to prevent injuries for runners

As many other outdoor activities have become limited and spring weather is in full effect, runners have been multiplying on the sidewalks and streets. Running injuries are very common as the body is put through repetitive motion, especially when there is an issue with the running form or an overloading of untrained muscles. Whether you’re …

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5 Home Exercises to Keep Your Neck Healthy

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RANGE OF MOTION WARM UP Sit comfortably with your feet flat on the floor, back straight and shoulders tucked back slightly. Slowly Bend your neck forward, chin to chest. Hold for two seconds. Then extend your neck backwards and look up, keep the neck long and hold for two seconds. Rotate your neck so you …

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Acupuncture for Athletes

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Acupuncture has become a part of post-workout recovery and skills and strength optimization of both amateur and professional athletes. We have know for many years that acupuncture provides pain relief, reduces inflammation and relaxes muscles. Now research is showing that acupuncture can improve performance and strength too. By improving proprioception, rebalancing muscle groups and providing …

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Who should I see when I’m in pain?

Who should i see when i’m in pain?

Throughout the world, musculoskeletal pain is one of the most common reasons to seek help from a medical professional and one of the leading causes of disability. Common reasons to seek medical care include: neck pain low back pain arthritis sports injuries whiplash from car accidents. Traditionally it has been normal for patients seeking care …

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The Benefits of Eccentric Exercise

  What is Eccentric vs. Concentric Muscle Contraction? Concentric Contraction: Concentric contraction occurs when a muscle is activated and begins to shorten against a load.  The raising of a weight during a biceps curl is a concentric contraction. Eccentric Contraction: Eccentric contractions occur when the muscle is lengthening during contraction.  The lowering of the weight …

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Pain

Acupuncture is an effective modality for the treatment of pain and painful conditions. Here at Inner Gate Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon, we have seen acupuncture effectively treat a great many chronic and acute pain conditions. Five ways that acupuncture treats pain:       • Breaks up scar tissue      • Promotes blood circulation    …

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Why You Should Avoid Knee Surgery

Knee replacement surgeries have skyrocketed in popularity and frequency in the United States. However, new research presented in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatology is suggesting that fewer than half of the knee surgeries performed were deemed appropriate, meaning that the risks outweighed the risks. Even more alarmingly is the fact that more people are …

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