Sports Medicine Acupuncture incorporates knowledge and principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Sports Medicine to view the patient’s injury from an integrated perspective. In a Sports medicine acupuncture session, your therapist will assess the injury through questioning, range of motion, muscle testing, and palpation of both the affected area and the associated meridians. Many of the injuries treated with sports medicine acupuncture are not athletic injuries as such, but can be caused from repetitive strain injury in the workplace or just from daily activities. Numerous studies have analysed the benefits of acupuncture and consistently show that there is decrease in pain and increase in range of motion, especially when combined with a relevant exercise program.
Michelle has over 18 years’ experience as a remedial therapist and incorporates this hands- on experience and knowledge into her treatments.
Sports medicine acupuncture incorporates both TCM and what may be referred to as ‘dry needling’, where the needles are not inserted into specific acupuncture points, but directed into trigger points, tight areas of fascia, and sore spots within the muscle tissue. Dry needling is a term that was coined fairly recently after a national law was passed, making the term ‘acupuncturist’ a protected title. Before this, regardless of whether you were a physio, massage therapist, or Chinese medicine practitioner, if you did needling with acupuncture needles, it was called acupuncture. Now, because of the national law enforced by APRHA, the term ‘acupuncture’ can only be used by registered Chinese medicine practitioners who have done a 4 year degree, follow strict infection control standards, and are insured. At the very core of Chinese medicine, the intention is to bring the body into an optimal state of health by understanding how the blood, qi, and fluids are moving in the body, not just to treat the injury. Dry needling, which is often used as an adjunct to therapy by physios, osteos, and massage therapists (because it works!), can be learned in a short course over a couple of days.