A Holistic Approach to Orthopedics - Part I:
Updated: Oct 27, 2020
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine - A Whole Body Approach
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapies approach from a holistic and whole-body approach when treating our athletic and active-minded patients. We begin with having a new patient fill out a full Health History form, followed by a short telephone or virtual interview discussing lifestyle, diet, physical habits, sleep position, etc. This all occurs before the patient even enters the clinic.
We then meet with the patient and assess their range of motion, posture, gait, and spinal health. Before treating, we also perform muscle and joint testing to assess which muscles may be inhibited, and/or which joints may not be functioning properly. This gives us a clear roadmap as to where the root of the problem may be stemming from, so that we can treat it at its source, as well as where the issue has manifested (the pain point). Example: Shoulder pain may be related to a tight cervical spine or taut neck muscle(s), as the neurological signal for the shoulder muscles originates in the cervical spine.
Making Progress - Stages of Recovery & Rehabilitation
Throughout each stage of our patient's progression - pre-season or event, during training, injury assessment and subsequent repair, and even during rehabilitation of the injury - we utilize the full scope of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This includes Acupuncture, including specialized techniques like Motor Point and Trigger Point therapies, Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) and Manual manipulation (Chinese Orthopedics).
Additionally, we add TCM external therapies such as Cupping, Electro-stimulation, Gua Sha, Far-infrared Lamp Therapy, External Liniments, soaks or salves, Dietary Nutrition, and Herbal Medicine, when appropriate. We are trained to look at both your emotional and physical health from a whole-person perspective, and in the context of your everyday lives, so that you can safely return to the lifestyle and activities you enjoy.
After we understand where the patient's discomfort presents, we focus on their chief complaint (or the "local" problem) they present to us. Our goal is that each patient leave their treatment session with some improvement from their discomfort, while being sure to address the root of the problem (or the "global" imbalance).
Next Steps - Things to Consider
This aspect of their health issue, and the severity of the "local" discomfort, dictates how we proceed - as every patient's constitution, age and ability to recover can differ greatly. Sometimes we need to correct a patient's nutritional habits... their sleep... or sleep position. Other times it's a gait issue, or the athletic shoes they choose. These discussions happen with every patient, as we feel correcting a lifestyle or nutritional issue greatly impacts our patients long-term healing and progress on their road to true healing.
Phil Veneziano, M.S., L.Ac.
Seven Point Wellness - Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinic located at 187 Millburn Ave., Suite #101 in Millburn, NJ, in the Trader Joe / CVS Business Complex. We are an easy drive from Maplewood, South Orange, Short Hills, Livingston and most cities in Union, Morris and Essex County, NJ.
We are also an easy walk from the New Jersey Transit via bus or train.
Give us a call if you have any questions!