DIY Corner: Foam Roller Exercises

foam_rollerMany of our patients lead active lifestyles.  For some this means weight-lifting, skiing, bicycling, dancing, etc.

Foam rolling is a great way to release muscle trigger points when recovering from an injury or to preventing future injuries once one has recovered.  Common areas to foam roll are the glutes, IT band, calves, hamstrings, low back.

In order to help prevent injuries from occuring during intense physical activity, I recommend foam rolling areas of concern before exercising rather than after.  By releasing the muscle in question beforehand, chances of injuring the muscle during exercise are diminished.

Check out this link to learn more about foam rolling:

Foam Rolling Exercises

If you’d like to try foam rolling, talk to Mark to see if it’s right for you.

Acupuncture and Sport’s Medicine

Amy Acuff uses acupuncture for maintaining her healthI’ve been reading a lot in the news lately about American Olympians who use acupuncture as a part of their training/recovery regimen. Most notably, Amy Acuff, pictured above, a 36 year-old high jumper, attributes much of her success and longevity in the sport to Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

In my practice at Red Coral Acupuncture, I treat a full spectrum of patients ranging from senior citizens to adult athletes to teenagers.  People of all abilities use my skills as an acupuncturist in different ways to treat sports injuries and musculoskeletal disorders.

Seniors may seek out treatment for relief from arthritis or old injuries which plague them and prevent them from hitting the gym and doing the activities they would like to be doing.

Others are avid runners, swimmers, soccer players who are looking to recover from acute injuries such as sprained ankles, pulled muscles or joint pain.

Whether the goal is getting them to feel good enough to get back to living a pain-free active lifestyle or helping an athlete perform at his/her best in competition, I am always happy to help a patient meet their individual milestones.