Episode 2: Inside the Practice of an Acupuncturist

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Episode 2: Inside the Practice of an Acupuncturist

We’re back with episode 2 of “Inside the Practice of an Acupuncturist”

In this episode, Zach Haigney, founder of Athlos Sports Acupuncture shares more about how acupuncture treatments can help athletes recover from training.

In his treatments with athletes and clients, he uses Acupuncture needles. These are sterile, one-time use stainless steel. Conventional thinking is that when we hear the word needle, we think of a large hypodermic needle, but we like to think about them as hair-thin filaments.

What we’re using that for is to stimulate nervous tissue, to stimulate connective tissue, muscle fibers, in such a way that we’re provoking the body’s natural capacity to heal itself. So, we think about that as the regenerative quality, the ability to recover.

What I think about when we’re doing acupuncture is that we’re trying to train the body how to regenerate itself. And so, it’s a very similar process to any sort of athletic training or any kind of training, in general.

Another technique we use is called Gua Sha. We use a simple soup spoon, and use between six and 10 pounds of pressure to apply longitudinal stroking to the superficial dermis layer. What this does is it promotes circulation at the superficial layers of the muscle.

So, recovery day is a super important part for any athlete, any type: endurance, strength, power. What we’re doing here, is we’re just increasing the body’s ability to heal itself, principally by taking care of trigger points, increasing circulation and bringing sort of sensory-motor awareness to the muscles that we’re trying to heal.

From last Episode:

Hi everyone! My name is Isang Smith, Founder of On Point Sports Care. In this video mini-series we get to visit the Acupuncture Practice of Zach Haigney, founder and owner of Athlos Sports Acupuncture.

Zach received his Masters Degree after studying for 3 years at Tri-State College of Acupuncture. He has a focus on pain and sports related injuries and has received training from some of the best in the world of Sports Acupuncture.

What many people don’t know is that Acupuncture is a highly effective, time-tested treatment for sports injuries. It helps to resolve pain, it accelerates the healing process, and it helps to relax muscles and improve circulation.

In recent years, Acupuncture has been recognized by the U.S. Military, World Health Organization, and countless other health institutions as an effective means to address pain.

So, acupuncture is known to work for pain, which is great to hear since athletes bodies suffer a lot of wear and tear.

But, what many may be surprised to hear is that Acupuncture is most beneficial during training cycles before an injury actually occurs.


So, this month, On Point Sports Care will be sharing more about how Acupuncture can help you during your recovery phases. Our friend Zach will explain in future episodes how the recovery process works through Acupuncture, and why he believes Athletes stand to gain through this powerful medicine.

Thanks for tuning in for this episode. On Point Sports Care is here to help you Train Hard. Recover Fast. Stay On Point.

If you want to learn more about Acupuncture, stay tuned by visiting our website www.onpointsportscare.com, subscribing to our YouTube Channel, Liking Us on Facebook and Following Us on Instagram.

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