Athletes looking to optimize their performance will find an abundance of support at the clinic. Traditional Chinese Medicine is commonly turned to by elite athletes and for good reason. It is a safe and effective way to promote stamina and prevent injuries. If an injury has already occurred, acupuncture has a very successful record with restoring function fully. Kristi learned a cutting-edge technique for working with tendons directly from Mark Kastner who was the acupuncturist for many sports teams including the Los Angeles Lakers, San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers. This technique promotes healing at the osteotendinous junction, where most tendon injuries occur.  To read a study on this technique written by Mr. Kastner, please click here.  There are two general types of sports injuries- an acute traumatic injury and an overuse or chronic injury. Numerous methods are implemented to treat both at the clinic including liniments and other topical herbal formulas designed for stages 1, 2 and 3 of recovery.  In addition to the use of liniments and other topicals, the application of electro-stimulation to the needles has been proven to be beneficial. Herbal liniments in conjunction with acupuncture is the primary method for quickly healing a martial arts injury. This combination is just as effective for treating contusions and sprains caused by other means. Kristi stocks liniments designed for stages 1, 2 and 3 of recovery as well as patches and cbd creams. Cupping and moxibustion are other techniques that can be beneficial in the treatment of sports injuries. For more on these please see the bodywork page. Traditional Chinese Medicine views sports injuries as a disorder to the natural state and takes a holistic approach to restoring balance, relieving pain and restoring function. There are also a variety of herbal supplements available to increase energy and therefore optimize athletic performance. Kristi works with each patient on a case by case basis to ensure their health goals are achieved.