Acupuncture for Everybody:

from Weekend Warriors & Professional Athletes to the unexpectedly injured or those recovering from surgery.

Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture & cupping is used in the treatment of injuries and musculoskeletal and constitutional imbalances, and is often effective for relieving muscle pain and spasm and improving circulation to tense or injured tissues.  Many people have found acupuncture, cupping & Chinese Herbal Medicine to be incredibly effective for bone fractures, tendon and ligament sprain/strains and chronic injuries which have been poorly responsive to other types of treatment. In addition, acupuncture  works to decrease recovery time after surgery, decreasing swelling and localized trauma& to provide pain control to decrease or replace the necessity for over the counter or prescription pain medicine.

Susannah uses a number of methods to help both everyday people and competitive athletes improve their musco-skeletal strength, flexibility and to prevent injuries. When she works with people to improve their sports performance, she typically uses a three-pronged approach:

  • Support the body during training to build nourished & resilient muscles
  • Prepare the body for stimulating output at the time of the performance;
  • Individualizing the treatment, taking into account relatively strong versus weaker systems, past history of injuries or recurrent injuries, and other important health issues, which could impact training and performance. 

Customized herbal medicine and nutritional support also provide important aspects in the TCM approach to orthopedic health & sports medicine.  The in-house apothecary clinic has a variety of helpful external & internal medicines to aid in maximizing patient's health. 

Many professional and amateur athletes use both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines as a part of their training and conditioning program.  At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, American pole vaulter Kory Tarpenning took two Chinese herb formulas, one containing deer antler which is rich in natural testosterone-like molecules and the other containing nine different types of ginseng.  He did this to prevent pre-event jitters that had previously hampered his performance while at the same time avoid feeling sedated.  He finished in 4th place and attributed his improved performance to the use of these herbs.