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Pain & Injury

When working to rehabilitate injuries our goal is to engage the body’s natural healing ability.  Treatment for orthopedic injuries at Alameda Acupuncture involves diagnostic testing to assess the injury and re-testing to assess the efficacy of treatment and the recovery of function.  Acupuncture is supportive to physical therapy, bodywork and exercise programs.

Acupuncture and electroacupuncture are powerful tools when working with sports injuries and performance enhancement.  Acupuncture stimulates:

  • Endorphins & other neurotransmitters to control pain
  • Leukocytes to fight infection & boost immune response
  • Prostaglandins to reduce inflammation & swelling to prevent tissue damage
  • Nerve conduction to regenerate healthy tissue & restore muscle tone
  • Quicken recovery from soft tissue injury, surgery & fracture
  • Homeostatic normalization & regulation of  body functions

Incorporating an acupuncture component into one’s treatment plan is a safe and simple strategy to support health and recovery. Some other therapies used to treat orthopedic injuries are:

  • tui na (orthopedic massage)
  • cupping therapy
  • gua sha therapy

Sports Medicine Specialized Training

Acupuncturists at Alameda Acupuncture have specialized post-graduate training in treating the minor injuries of weekend warriors as well as top professional level competitors with specific sports injuries.     John Nieters is a Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics (DNBAO), a specialty dealing with musculo-skeletal disorders. Less than 1% of practicing acupuncturists have the DNBAO qualification, which combines Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western orthopedic testing and reporting.  Both John and Jenny Nieters apprenticed with Whitfield Reaves.

Diagnosis & Orthopedic Testing

Finding the exact muscle or muscle group that is injured increases the likelihood of selecting the correct energy channel to be treated. Additionally, using Western methodology to help diagnosis a problem reduces the potential of missing a critical problem or an acute disease that is better treated by Western medicine.

Pain & Rehabilitation

Acupuncture exerts a powerful analgesic effect on the body’s perception of pain.  As a tool for rehabilitation, acupuncture can be used to impact mending bone, support the regeneration of healthy tissue and help to restore muscle tone.  Acupuncture plays a vital role in the healing process, by directly stimulating the bones, muscles, and nerves, and by supporting the body’s innate healing capacity.

Some Orthopedic conditions Treated

  • fractures & post-surgical recovery
  • sprains & strains
  • tendonitis & tendonosis
  • IT band syndrome & sciatica
  • ligaments: laxity & sprains
  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • repetitive stress injuries: DeQuervain’s syndrome,  carpal tunnel syndrome
  • heel pain: achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis
  • foot pain: ankle sprain, big toe pain, turf toe, Morton’s neuroma
  • knee pain: patello-femoral joint dysfunction, patellar tendontitis, MCL ligament, meniscus injury, chronic degenerative arthritis
  • hip pain: bursitis, arthritis
  • low back pain: quadratus lumborum
  • elbow pain: lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golpher’s elbow)
  • shoulder pain: rotator cuff injury, frozen shoulder, acromial-clavicular joint dysfunction

Bu tong ze tong, tong ze bu tong

which means

free flow: no pain, no free flow: pain


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