Biomedical Acupuncture for Sports and Trauma Rehabilitation

Dry Needling Techniques


  • Yun-tao Ma, PhD LicAc

Written by widely respected acupuncture expert Yun-tao Ma, PhD, LAc, Biomedical Acupuncture for Sports and Trauma Rehabilitation shows techniques that will enhance athletic performance, accelerate recovery after intensive workouts, and speed trauma rehabilitation after injuries or surgeries. Evidence-based research is used to support the best and most effective techniques, with over 100 illustrations showing anatomy, injury, and clinical procedures. Unlike many other acupuncture books, this book uses a Western approach to make it easier to understand rationales, master techniques, and integrate biomedical acupuncture into your practice.

"Finally, a well-referenced, common sense approach to dry needling in sports medicine that discusses maintenance, overtraining, and the effect of the stress response in atheletes. This is a long-awaited book that will leave you feeling comfortable with a technique that is very useful not only for atheletes, but for all patients of your practice."

Rey Ximenes, MD

The Pain and Stress Management Center

Austin, Texas


"For any clinician involved with assisting atheletes recover from injury, as well as providing services to enhance physical performance, this text will be indispensible. This book is a major accomplishment in the field of sports injury and treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological pain."

Mark A. Kestner, DC, FIAMA, CCSP, CSCS

Kestner Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Book information

  • Published: March 2010
  • ISBN: 978-1-4377-0927-8

Table of Contents

1. Integrative Systemic Dry Needling or Dry Needling Acupuncture: A New Modality for Athletes

2. Homeostasis and Stress in Sports and Exercise

3. Human Brain Plasticity, Sports, and Sports Injuries

4. Musculoskeletal Systems and Human Movement

5. Overtraining Syndrome and the Use of Muscle in Exercise

6. Clinical Mechanisms of Integrative Systemic Dry Needling

7. Physiology of Acu-Reflex Points

8. Neuroanatomy of Acu-Reflex Points

9. Homeostatic Acu-Reflex Point System

10. Trigger Points and the Integrative Neuromuscular Acu-Reflex Point System

11. Visceral Pain and Visceral-Somatic Reflexes

12. Pathomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System and Acu-Reflex Points

13. Using Dry Needling Acupuncture for Preventing Injury and Enhancing Athletic Performance

14. General Principles of Treating Soft-Tissue Dysfunction in Sports Injuries

15. Preventive and Therapeutic Treatment of Injuries in Selected Sports

16. Safety Issues in Dry Needling Acupuncture Practice