Key Features

  • Unique! Explores acupuncture treatments for sports injuries in the acute phase, rehabilitation, and prevention.
  • Includes acupuncture for performance enhancement and injury prevention, emphasizing pre-event acupuncture used to help increase muscle output, assist with pre-competition stress, and prevent soft tissue injury.
  • Provides evidence-based research to show the science behind the best and most effective techniques, based on the author’s background in neuroscience and cell biology and his 35 years of clinical acupuncture experience.
  • Offers an overview of the science of biomedical acupuncture including the mechanisms of acupuncture, anatomy and physiology of acupoints, and discussion of human healing potential.
  • Uses terminology and concepts familiar to Western-trained health professionals, making the material easier to understand and incorporate into practice.
  • Includes more than 100 illustrations showing anatomy, injury, and clinical procedures.
  • Covers useful techniques including those that increase muscle force output, joint flexibility and stability; prevent sports injuries like muscle sprain, tendonitis, bone strain, stress/fatigue fracture and bone spurs; reinforce muscle output for specific sports; normalize physiology of dysfunctional soft tissues; predict treatment response; reduce physiological stress; use the new Vacuum Therapy for deep tissue dysfunctions; and balance the biomechanics of musculoskeletal system.

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


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Churchill Livingstone
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