Sports Injuries

Acupuncture for the Ice Age

It was back in  1982 when  John McDonald was teaching me acupuncture  in Sydney, that he told us students in class, “ Don’t tell your patients to ice their ankle sprain”. We all had been successfully brainwashed at that time to believe that icing a sprain was the norm. However, it is not the norm ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture or Moxibustion for Rotator Cuff Tear?

Rotator cuff tears are a common injury and are covered by the New Zealand government's injury insurance scheme, ACC. With the growing trend of middle aged and elderly people taking up weight training at the gym, it is likely that there has been  an increase in this type of injury. Sometimes this ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Piriformis Syndrome

Acupuncture for Piriformis Syndrome can help because it can reduce inflammation and improve local micro circulation, thereby reducing muscle stiffness.Piriformis Syndrome comes about because the sciatic nerve is entrapped as it exits the greater sciatic notch in the buttock area.There are a number ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Shin Splints

Shin splints is also referred to as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) and is one of the ten most common sports injuries. People with flat feet are in particular more prone to shin splints and women have an increased associated risk of stress fractures. It can affect young or old and is most ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Calf Sprain (Gastrocnemius Sprain)

A gastrocnemius sprain is sometimes referred to as a “tennis leg” because the injury can commonly occur when tennis players perform a lunge shot and the “push off” sprains the calf. Most people will report it as a calf sprain but sometimes the soleus may be strained. Other sports such as football ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Whiplash

Research has shown that whiplash injuries as a result of car accidents occur even with low speeds of around 15 km per hour. In fact more than half of all motor vehicle accidents have some degree of whiplash injury and up to 40 percent of people with a whiplash injury can still be suffering symptoms ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Meniscus Tear

Meniscal tears are among the most commonly reported of knee injuries. There are two menisci, one for the outside and one for the inside of the knee. Often they are referred to as shock absorbers placed between the thighbone and shin bone. Even though the menisci are of a tough rubbery like ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Prepatellar Bursitis

Another common name for prepatellar bursitis is “House maid’s knee”. In the knee there is a bursa which is fluid-filled sac that acts as a shock absorber between the tendon and bone. In the event of a hit or injury to the knee the bursa can become inflamed and then fill with fluid. It can also ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator cuff tears are common and people over the age of 50 have a 25% chance of having a tear. Sports people who make repetitive throws like pitchers, cricketers and tennis players are also at risk. Body builders and in particular power lifters during a bench press also need to pay heed to avoid ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Hamstring Injury

The hamstrings are a group of muscles and tendons at the back of the thigh which when strained is referred to as a pulled hamstring. It is common injury often as a result of sprinting and also seen with golfers when powering through on swings. In severe cases the muscle can actually tear which ... Continue Reading >>