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Do suction cup marks indicate a Stephen Curry injury?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Acupuncture, Blog, Oriental Medicine, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do suction cup marks indicate a Stephen Curry injury?

Do suction cup marks indicate a Stephen Curry injury?

For those of us enjoying the Golden Sate Warriors’ amazing 2015-2016 season, Stephen Curry in action is a sight to behold. Not only is he a phenomenal shooter, but his looseness, quickness, self-confidence, and basketball acuity, creativity, and grace as he moves up and down the court also make him a fan favorite. He’s the second strongest player on the Warriors team, able to deadlift 400 pounds (181kg). A lifetime of training and practice created his amazing body and skill set. What you may not know is that he takes care of himself by using medical modalities that have been practiced and developed over thousands of years. Believe it or not, Stephan Curry gets suction cup therapy! Suction cups are a traditional therapy for many cultures, dating back to the classical medicines of Greece, Persia, and China. From a traditional Chinese perspective, suction draws stagnation out of the body and improves the circulation of qi (energy) and blood. Here in the United States, suction cups are a primary modality with licensed acupuncturists and increasingly with physical therapists. They function as a type of reverse deep-tissue bodywork, where the skin, muscle, and fascia are pulled outward in addition to being pushed inward. As with acupuncture, micro-trauma caused by suction spurs a cascade of healing reactions that also affect and heal injured tissue. Fascia are sleeves made of collagen protein that attach, separate, stabilize and enclose muscles and internal organs. When impacted by trauma, fascia can develop adhesions that hinder the function and mobility of muscles. Suction cups, acupuncture, and other forms of bodywork can break up these adhesions and promote healing. The pulling effect of the suction cups resets the relationship between fascia and the muscles and skin to which they attach, returning function to a healthy state. If suction is strong enough or if there is a lot of stagnant superficial blood, the force can cause the kind of bruising seen on Steph Curry’s left shoulder. These are superficial bruises, similar in nature to hickeys, and take a week or so to resolve. With repeated treatment, incidences of bruising lessen as stagnant blood is drawn out and put back into circulation. Based on my experience, my guess is that Stephen Curry has a rotary cuff issue with his left shoulder—which was injured during his horrible fall while playing against the Memphis Grizzlies—and that he is getting treated in part with suction cups. While he is right handed, an injury to his left shoulder could still affect his shooting, and may help explain why he has not been shooting as well this series. According to Licensed Acupuncturist John Kokko, the Warriors officially hired two acupuncturists who are on the road with the team right now. Given that Stephen Curry played relatively well in Game 1 of the NBA Finals when he had suction cup bruises, and not so well in Games 2-3 when suction cup marks were not observed, he and the Warriors may do better getting more suction cups! UPDATE: Go Warriors—NBA Champs! Steph Curry continued to improve in games 4-6, which supports the thesis that he was playing injured and got better as his body healed. While the media hasn’t followed this line of thinking yet, this type of information tends to come out in the week following the finals. It was in the team’s interest to keep this information secret in order to maintain the Cleveland Cavaliers’ focused on Curry instead of other talented team members, including Andre Iguodala—the series MVP.        ...

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Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Acupuncture, Blog, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Oriental Medicine, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis

By Benjamin Dierauf, LAc I’ve recently had a string of patients seeking acupuncture for plantar fasciitis, a debilitating foot pain that is usually at its worst upon waking in the morning. At its root is inflammation of the fascia—a sheath that surrounds muscles on the bottom of the feet—usually caused by recent trauma to the feet. Even something as commonplace as switching to a new pair of shoes or orthotics can initiate the condition. Conventional Western medicine doesn’t have much to offer this condition. Anti-inflammatory drugs can provide temporary relief, but they do not address the underlying issue. The same goes for the next level of intervention, steroid shots. While I don’t have a problem with the occasional anti-inflammatory for treating acute pain, these drugs have their drawbacks when taken long term. Steroids can weaken the body’s immune system and ability to heal. With plantar fasciitis, risks of corticosteroid injections include ruptured plantar fascia, skin infections, nerve or muscle injury, and atrophy of the plantar fat pad. Aspirin can damage the stomach lining and lead to internal bleeding and other complications if taken over a long period of time. At higher doses, Tylenol becomes a liver toxin, and is the leading cause of liver failure in the Western world. While recent studies show that sustained use of ibuprofen can lead to higher rates of kidney cancer, the larger risk with ibuprofen is stomach and intestinal bleeding and perforation. Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (AOM), however, provides a unique lens for diagnosing plantar fasciitis and choosing the treatment that will reduce inflammation and support the healthy repair of the plantar fascia. In addition to reducing inflammation, increasing circulation of qi (roughly translated as energy) and blood, and promoting the repair and growth of healthy fascia, acupuncture for plantar fasciitis also treats the underlying imbalance that invited the condition. These systemic/holistic benefits are effective preventative medicine that promotes health and well being. For example, one of my patients, George, had an underlying condition of Dampness that blocked his body’s ability to heal his plantar fasciitis. While Dampness usually takes some time to treat with AOM, his condition improved dramatically after just three acupuncture for plantar fasciitis treatments. Another patient, David, had an underlying Liver & Kidney Yin Deficiency that affected his body’s ability to provide cooling anti-inflammatory support to his plantar fascia. It took six weeks of treatment with acupuncture for plantar fasciitis and Chinese herbs for his condition to improve. Another interesting treatment for plantar fasciitis that has worked for my patients and myself is to make a ‘sock’ out of aluminum foil, wrap it around the foot with a seam down the middle so that it can be taken on and off easily, and sleep with it on for 3-7 nights. It also helps to have a light sock under the foil and sleep with the foot outside of the covers. The aluminum foil helps to reduce the inflammation in the foot. If you know someone with a case of plantar fasciitis that isn’t getting better on its own or with conventional medical treatment, please refer them to a licensed acupunctuist who can assess and treat them effectively.     Lafayette Acupuncture / San Ramon Acupuncture: Experienced Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine for Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Contra Costa & Alameda Counties, and the Greater East Bay Area....

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A sincere thank-you

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A sincere thank-you

As summer hits full stride and I begin my second year of acupuncture practice in Lafayette, California, I wish to extend my appreciation to all. After 10 years in academia, this has been a year of amazing growth for me. I am very impressed by the vibrancy of the Lamorinda community and all that it has to offer. And I’m especially excited by my patients’ commitment to improving their health through Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. What’s new On August 15th, my rates will increase by $5 per visit: $85 for a returning acupuncture session $125 for an initial intake and session To help offset the impact of this increase for you, I am discounting treatment packages: 6 returning acupuncture sessions for the price of 5 ($425 = $70.83/visit) 12 returning acupuncture sessions for the price of 9 ($765 = $63.75/visit) Learn more… Free acupuncture consultations Your referrals are welcome and appreciated. I offer free 15-minute consultations by phone, Skype or in person. People outside of the area can take advantage of my personal connections with hundreds of acupuncturists around the country. And if I don’t know anyone in a particular location, chances are I know someone who knows someone. Learn more… Why people choose Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Combined, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have the ability to harmonize physiological function. Many patients use it in a preventative manner to keep their bodies tuned up and healthy. Whether you choose weekly, biweekly, monthly or seasonal sessions, acupuncture is great for smoothing your rough edges and revitalizing your energy. My treatment packages are a cost-effective way to help you integrate acupuncture into your life. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are holistic in nature and work on both the root and branches of what is going on in your body. The branches are the acute symptoms. The root is the underlying constitution that allows the symptoms to develop. So before you start taking medications or opt for surgery, consider acupuncture and oriental medicine. They should be the primary treatment of choice for many conditions because of their safety and effectiveness. Moving forward Again, I sincerely thank you for making the past year one of amazing growth. Here’s to a new year of health and well-being. Wishing you the best, Benjamin     Lafayette Acupuncture / San Ramon Acupuncture: Experienced Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine for Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Contra Costa & Alameda Counties, and the Greater East Bay Area....

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