Dr. Chris Vallee, DTCM
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a system of health care whose roots can be traced back thousands of years. The modern day practice of TCM includes acupuncture, herbology, Tui Na (Chinese massage) and various forms of therapeutic exercise: Tai Qi, Qi Gong and meditation.
Best known for its treatment of pain through the use of acupuncture, TCM is in fact a complete and comprehensive form of health care. It is used to treat a wide variety of acute and chronic health concerns. In addition, TCM is used to maintain existing good health and to prevent the development of disease conditions.
Of the wide range of treatment modalities in Chinese medicine, North Americans are most familiar with acupuncture. Treatment with Acupuncture is based on the recognition of a system of energetic pathways in the body called meridians. The internal organs contain energy called qi (pronounced chee) which is the functional energy of all our body processes, be they physical emotional, mental or physical.
By inserting special needles at specific points on the meridians, acupuncture can correct energetic imbalances or blockages, which may be the cause of distress. Chinese herbs have similar, specific therapeutic effects on the meridians and organs, and are usually taken in the form of teas, which are brewed from the raw herbs. Used separately or in combinations, the goal of acupuncture and herbology is to address the individuals condition of all levels, and to restore the person to a state of natural, balanced health.
Acupuncture can treat: aches and pains, arthritis, sciatica, insomnia, digestion problems, allergies, asthma, emotional problems, TMJ, and many other diseases that affect the body.
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The following members of the QATCMA have completed the list of criteria for being able to safely and effectively treat sports injuries and to help increase an athletes potential for better performance.
Founding members of the British Columbia Acupuncture Sports Medicine Group:
Dr. Chris Vallee DTCM
Dr. Bill Hardman DTCM
Ian Dunsmuir DTCM, Reg Acupuncturist
Dr. Carol Nicolle-Tsiakos
General Information about Sports Medicine Acupuncture
Acupuncture is growing in popularity in the western world by leaps and bounds. Yet there remains a largely untapped capability of acupuncture. That is its role in sports medicine. There are three main areas of sports in which acupuncture and related therapies can offer great benefit: treatment of sports injuries; prevention or sports injuries; and athletic performance enhancement.
Treatment of Sports Injuries
Injuries are a fact of the sporting life. Pushing their bodies to extremes, athletes set themselves up to go beyond their limits. Most sports injuries involve the musculoskeletal system. A combination of acupuncture, massage, nutritional, herbal and homeopathic can be of great assistance in the healing of injuries. Often, athletes are able to return to active training and competing sooner than would otherwise be possible with conventional therapies. Injuries ranging from pulled hamstring, ligament strains and sprains, tendonitis, bursitis, to more serious bone fractures can benefit greatly.
Prevention of Sports Injuries
By intergrading a regular treatment program with sound nutrition, herbal support, and a sensible approach to preparation and training, injuries can be minimized. Regular treatment helps keep the body in balance, even as the athletes intense training and competition stresses the body further. By Keeping in balance, the body is less susceptible to injury. This also allows for quicker recovery from competition, and from injuries.
Athletic Performance Enhancement
Keeping the body in balance allows for more efficient training. Training more efficiently and effectively is the surest way to improve performance. However, there are also supplements, herbal programs, and treatments that can help improve performance when used as par4t of a comprehensive program. The Olympic Committee has even recognized the advantages on herb called Ma Huang, and this now a banned substance. Many other herbs and nutritionals are not banned, but can still offer improvements in performance and recovery.
Oriental medicine approaches health in a complete way. The body, mind, and sprit are seen as functioning interdependently. In a complete approach, acupuncture is regarded equally with training, nutrition, stretching, proper warm-up and warm-down, meditation and relaxation. With such an approach, an athlete is assured of reaching his or her personal goals.
Questions about Sports Acupuncture
If it works so well, why isnt everyone doing it?
In many countries such as Russia and China, extensive research has been carried out on the benefits of these therapies for athletes. Often for competitive reasons, the result of this research is kept largely within the respective countries. Many countries do, however, include acupuncture and related therapies in their regular training regimens. Many teams and clubs are also catching on and offering acupuncture to their members. Additionally, there remains some resistance to acupuncture from the mainstream medical community. They often wont endorse something they dont understand, and because acupuncture is based on principles in which they are not trained, they dont understand it. Further research is needed before there can be widespread acceptance.
What is it like to get a treatment?
Acupuncture today is usually performed with very thin sterile disposable stainless steel needles. There is often little or no pain associated with the procedure. An acupuncturist, depending on the injury being treated, may choose points around the affected area, on the back, the ear and even on the e other limbs. Sometimes a small electric current will be run through the needles to enhance the treatment. A typical office treatment will last 30 minutes or more and may also include a massage, heat or cold, and an herbal/nutritional consultation.
Acu-Injections - Safe and Effective Medicine for Pain and Inflammation
Acu-injections are a safe and effective technique used in traditional Chinese Medicine to help reduce both pain and inflammation and to increase the healing time of most injuries. It has been used for many years in both China and Western Europe. In Europe, Doctors have used Homeopathic Medicine and local anaesthetics such as Procaine to naturally treat injuries in the body. In China Doctors have injected Chinese Herbs such as Fu Zi and Dan Shen Dang Gui to help with diseases such as Fibromyalgia and Heart Disease.
These Medicines are injected into muscles or joints by a very fine needle to relieve pain and inflammation. Injections are done at the site of pain, which is also usually the site of trauma to the body so it can produce immediate results and can be done safely for many treatments over a period of time.
This Natural Medicine technique is entirely safe! It is not cortisone or any harmful drug. Acu-injections are for the use of natural medicine with little if any side effects. You may feel a little light-headed after a treatment or need to rest for 15-20 minutes after the treatment so that it can start to work in the body. The results from a short series of treatments can be very long lasting, even in chronic conditions.
Acu-injections is great for back pain, disc injury, scar tissue, sciatica, neuralgia, shoulder pain, bursitis, tennis elbow, sports injuries, post surgical pain, sinusitis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, TMJ, and arthritis.
The ingredients that are commonly used are:
Procaine 1-2% - a local anaesthetic, which can last between 30-60 minutes, used to reduce pain and on a cellular level opens up cells to allow other medicines to be absorbed to promote the healing mechanism
Truameel is Homeopathic Medicine used to treat trauma in the body by reducing the inflammation and promoting healing in the body (saline based)
Lymphosot is Homeopathic Medicine, which is used for chronic injury to help improve circulation of the lymphatic system to remove toxicity from the site of injury
Vitamin B 12 used to help promote blood circulation at the site of the injury