What is Sports Medicine Acupuncture and who founded it?
Sports Medicine Acupuncture is a registered trademark set up by Matt Callison of San Diego, California.
Matt Callison has a background of first studying physical education and training before then obtaining a degree in acupuncture.
For nearly thirty years Matt has been researching the integration of the modern anatomical understanding of the body in relation to that of traditional Chinese medicine. In 2009 he set up the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program that has now trained acupuncturists from around the world.
Has any practitioner in New Zealand completed the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program in the United States?
This unrivaled educational program was attended by one of New Zealand’s leading acupuncturists in the treatment of sports injuries, Steve Olsen. Steve has been certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture and practices in Onehunga, Auckland.
What is different about a Sports Medicine Acupuncture treatment session?
An important part of a session with an accredited Sports Medicine Acupuncturist is the assessment process that involves both modern medical anatomical examinations coupled with specific and unique Chinese medicine palpatory techniques of meridians, acupuncture points and energetic distribution areas.
What are Motor Points?
After the thorough assessment, the Sports Medicine Acupuncturist has specific acupuncture treatment protocols to follow that may also involve the needling of Motor Points. Motor points could be in the exact same locations as traditional acupuncture points or are in newly found anatomical locations. These points when stimulated, with a minimal amount of electrical stimulus, cause muscle contraction and can be used for many conditions. Read more about Motor Points here.
Does Sports Medicine Acupuncture involve more than just needles?
All other related modalities of acupuncture such as moxibustion, cupping, gua sha and electro-acupuncture can also be utilized in a session. External herb applications are also used to assist in recovery times, reduce pain and promote rejuvenation in the injured area.
What injuries can be treated using Acupuncture Sports Medicine?
Any injury involving either tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones can be treated using the Sports Medicine Acupuncture approach. The list of conditions that could be treated is endless and there are nearly one hundred injuries listed in Matt Callison’s comprehensive text, Sports Medicine Acupuncture- An Integrated Approach Combining Sports Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Does Matt Callison who founded Sports Medicine Acupuncture run workshops in New Zealand?
Matt Callison regularly visits New Zealand and runs weekend courses for members of Acupuncture New Zealand. You can check when Matt Callison is running his next workshop in New Zealand here.