Tags: sports medicine

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine | Full text | Pain management with acupuncture in osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis

“The use of acupuncture is associated with significant reductions in pain intensity, improvement in functional mobility and quality of life.” -via BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine | Full text | Pain management with acupuncture in osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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“In this systematic review, we found acupuncture administered to adults with osteoarthritis to be associated with a statistically significant reduction in pain intensity, improved functional mobility and improved health-related quality of life. Reductions in pain were greater in trials with longer intervention periods. Though under-reported and inconsistently described, major adverse events with acupuncture were not reported. Subgroup analyses suggest that acupuncture is most effective for reducing osteoarthritic pain when administered for more than four weeks. Outcome assessment for the majority of trials occurred immediately following the intervention period and thus the durability of treatment effects are unknown.” -via BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine | Full text | Pain management with acupuncture in osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

I see and treat all sorts of pain every day in the clinic.  Time and time again people find acupuncture and TCM to be a wonderful way to manage their pain.  Some injuries and some pains completely resolve with minimal treatment (even after sticking around for years), where others don’t ever totally go away, but patients report less pain, more function and a better quality of life when they receive on-going care.  In my experience osteoarthritis falls into this category.  Generally once we bring the pain down to manageable levels, patients do well with semi-regular care – and I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see patients who had given up on their favorite activities return to them with minimal discomfort.

 

 

PSU Women’s Rugby Club – now sponsored by Anatomy Acupuncture!

We are pleased to announce Anatomy Acupuncture’s fall 2014 season sponsorship of Portland State Women’s Rugby Football Club!

As a fairly new club, these ladies are working hard, and we’re thrilled to be supporting them.  Check out their schedule and stop by a game.

 

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Can acupuncture aid performance? – via Cycling Weekly

Absolutely! Acupuncture, while most commonly thought of for treatment of pain and injury, can also be extremely effective in prevention and performance.  Many elite athletes from olympians to NFL players use acupuncture, including Tour de France cyclist, Vincenzo Nibalinibali

While massage, compression tights and the correct nutrition are all well known for aiding recovery, acupuncture is not commonly talked about. However it has been used to improve performance in many different sports over the years, including cycling. -via Can acupuncture aid performance?.

Here at Anatomy Acupuncture we treat athletes all the time – it is our goal to help you heal faster and move better!  We’d love to be a part of your training program and help you prevent injury and enhance performance.  Give us a call and ask us how!

How has acupuncture helped your performance?

 

Lumbopelvic Control and Days Missed Because of Injury in Professional Baseball Pitchers. – Am J Sports Med. 2014

pitcheingThis study looked at professional baseball pitchers and how their lumbopelvic control correlated with injury time.  And guess what, poor motor control was associated with more time out due to injury. Or as  Eric Cressey says:

 

Lumbopelvic control – we’re talking about core stabilization and glutes here – is really important in just about EVERYTHING.  Not just pitching.  Even primarily upper body movements require motor control and stabilization from the lumbopelvic region – so, while this study only looked at it regards to pitching, I would venture to say that poor lumbopelvic control probably is associated with time out due to injury in whatever sport you are part of!

And how do you know if you have poor lumbopelvic control? You get a movement screen.   I can help with that.

abstract here:  Lumbopelvic Control and Days Missed Because … [Am J Sports Med. 2014] – PubMed – NCBI.