The 3rd Annual Sports Acupuncture Alliance Summit just happened and we want to share what you missed and why you should join us next year!
Hosted by Practitioners Chad Bong, Catherine Ford, Michelle Vlahakis and Alex Brazinski
They want to help create a community of practitioners who focus or want to focus their practice on treating athletes of all levels. At this conference you will meet practitioners for professional sports teams, college, high school and athletes of all levels.
They bring in speakers to teach incredible topics such as Acupuncture and Gua Sha treatments for injuries, Movement Assessment, Concussion protocols and more!
You also missed an interview with an Olympic athlete on her experiences with acupuncture to help keep her in competition shape all year round.
Lhasa OMS is the sole Acupuncture Supply Partner of the Sports Acupuncture Alliance Summit. Attendees enjoyed big discounts, tons of product samples and raffle prizes.
What YOU missed!
DR. ARYA NIELSEN, PHD
ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY FOR PAIN, PERFORMANCE, AND INJURY
This presentation will collate the research on acupuncture therapy for pain, performance and injury with demonstration that integrates palpation, acupuncture and Gua sha with specific injury. Dr. Nielsen will give a brief history of pain care in the US, including the declaration of pain as the fifth vital sign, that contributed to the overuse of opioids and the ongoing opioid epidemic. This set the stage for acupuncture itself being seen through the lens of ‘pain’, as a dose of analgesia rather than as a process that contributes to the healing of injury and illness itself. How to stage an intervention and what to expect from treatment are as essential as ‘the correct treatment’ of injury whether traumatic or as a result of misuse or overuse.
Dr. Nielsen will discuss the push to include nonpharmacologic therapies, including acupuncture, as part of the Joint Commission’s mandate on pain and her own participation in research on treating chronic pain in underserved populations.
DR. CLAYTON SHIU, PHD, L.Ac.
CONCUSSIONS AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES | POSTSURGICAL CERVICAL AND LUMBAR TREATMENT PATTERNS AND ACUPUNCTURE STRATEGIES
In part 1 (Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries), Dr. Clayton Shiu will teach how to identify and treat concussions and traumatic brain injuries using non-scalp acupuncture points. Practitioners will have the confidence to needle the neck and base of the skull as well as learn the special “Neural Flush” acupuncture point combination that can help reset the cerebral circulation after TBI.
In Part 2, Dr. Shiu will cover his 20+ years of experience treating post-surgical neck and lumbar patients. Dr. Shiu will teach how to prioritize specific neurological functions as well as demonstrate advanced techniques that can restore the patient more efficiently post-surgery.
DERRICK MCBRIDE, LAC, CSCS, CFST
MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES FOR THE ACUPUNCTURIST: DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN MOBILITY AND MOTOR CONTROL
This course will provide assessment tools for the Acupuncturist to accurately discern between true mobility dysfunctions and motor control dysfunctions that ultimately limit functional movements. Discovering and improving these limitations are imperative to fully treating the patient’s chief complaint to prevent it from reoccurring. Assessments for the entire body will be discussed, however movement patterns that commonly present as limited in both mobility and motor control will be the focus.
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