Acupuncture has been used for years on athletes to help increased strength, endurance, stamina and flexibility. As an athlete, you may experience sprain, strain, repetitive stress injuries, physical trauma, overexertion, over training or emotional stress. Improving the circulation of Qi throughout your body can help all of these. Acupuncture has been used extensively for pain management, to decrease inflammation and to speed healing. It also looks into the underlying weakness and disharmonies that allow the injury to occur in the first place (the “root”). By correcting these disharmonies and treating the injury as a “branch,” athletes get amazingly fast results with injuries, both chronic and acute problems.
Chinese herbal therapy may also be recommended. External herbal therapy is applied directly on the injured tissue to promote circulation and therefore the healing of the injury. Internal herbal therapy may be recommended to address constitutional imbalances that may be either aggravating or slowing the healing of your injuries. Herbal therapy may also be used during the training period (without an injury) to address any health issues that may be preventing the athlete from performing optimally.
An athlete need not choose between acupuncture and other therapies. Chinese Medicine works well in conjunction with other therapies like massage therapy, personal training, and chiropractic.
Zero Balancing is a style of manual medicine that was developed by Dr. Fritz Smith, a medical doctor, osteopath, and five-element acupuncturist who integrated a brilliant synthesis of eastern and western paradigms of medicine into one treatment modality that simultaneously works on both energy and structure.
Typically a session lasts around 45 minutes. The person receiving the session is fully clothed and lays on their back, while the practitioner uses finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints, and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or points of balance, around which the body can relax and reorganize itself. This work addresses the deepest and densest tissues of the body, along with soft tissue, and energy fields, and in doing so helps to clear blockages in the body’s energy flow, amplify one's vitality, and contribute to an overall better postural alignment. Typically after a Zero Balancing session one is left with a wonderful feeling of overall physical organization and on of inner harmony.
As far as health issues, Zero Balancing is an effective treatment for the alleviation of body aches and pains, releasing restrictions in movement, as well as for providing lasting relief from emotional distress and thereby improving one's overall quality of life. It can also be helpful with reaching specific goals such as the relief from back pain, improving one's energy concentration and/or sleep, releasing unwanted stress, eliminating old habitual behavior patterns & overcoming addictions, as well as boosting overall well-being.