Working as the sports acupuncturist for the Minnesota Vikings demands that I am always on. For the next “hopefully” seven months (ahem Super Bowl 54), I will spend countless hours with the players, working my hardest to keep them healthy and performing their best. I will pull out all the JADA tricks I know; including sports acupuncture, cupping, electro-acupuncture, scraping, massage and stretching.
The benefits of receiving an acupuncture or massage session alone are greatly amplified when combined, especially for for athletes and movement enthusiasts. Whether you are experiencing acute injury, chronic pain, stress, anxiety, depression or even a sluggish immune system, acupuncture and massage are a perfect combo to help restore health and optimal function.
Injuries also provide an opportunity to turn inward, realign, and listen deeply to our bodies. Chinese Medicine has incredible insight into what kind of injuries and lifestyle factors can contribute to our deeper imbalances. At JADA, we are here to help you understand the bigger story that surrounds your injury and provide tangible steps for you in your recovery process to overcome it.
Have you ever experienced low back pain or spasms? What about sciatica or pain that travels down your leg? Sometimes, when people have pain in their back, it is a slam dunk diagnosis because there was a clear cause and effect. Other times, it is difficult to know what is causing the pain. Often, it is a sneak attack of the hip flexors.
Be hot, be sticky, be social, and be energized knowing that the on the flip side we will be cold, reserved and sleepy in a matter of months. Remember that there always is a yin for the yang. Honor Mother Nature and her seasons. Don’t override her.
Our recovery is an important part of our training that is often overlooked. It is where we integrate our experience, and where we replenish our system so we can rise to the next occasion with new vigor and depth. In our preparation, we build. In our execution, we push. In our recovery, we replenish. Recovery is our time to replenish, heal and rejuvenate. It is our time to integrate and strengthen our abilities with a new depth.
After laying in a serene room on a warm bed with soothing music and a foot warmer, you lazily roll over and get dressed. A delicious feeling of peace, fogginess, and calm washes over you. Your eyes are glazed and at half-mast. You stumble out of the room while your acupuncturists smiles and giggles mentioning you are “acupuncture drunk.”
Studying sports massage has been incredibly fulfilling. I have had the opportunity to work with talented mentors who have shared their knowledge and experiences, which in turn enhances mine! Completing my Associate of Applied Science degree in Clinical Sports Massage has offered me the rich foundation of anatomy and physiology that is vital to understanding how the body moves and functions.
The MS150 ride is a bike ride that routes 150 miles from Duluth, MN to White Bear Lake, MN in two days. Going into this, I don't know what to expect. I will certainly be testing both my strength and endurance to finish. I know that both are there.
One of the most heartbreaking events to happen in an athlete’s world is injury! Athletes and active people prefer to continue through many, if not most, injuries because working out is so much more than a way to burn calories and lose weight! It is a physical, emotional and spiritual release. It is a way to find peace, ease and balance. It is a way to feel in control in an out of control world. Telling an active person that they need to take time off to recover is like cutting off their lifeline.