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Sports and Orthopedic

Move Better

Joseph Bianculli, L.Ac. of Performance Acupuncture is a licensed practitioner of Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine.  Our goal is to provide an effective alternative for our patients and help them in their everyday lives.

 

We all move around all day.  From the demands of work to taking care of the family, and even working out in the gym, we rely on our bodies to work to the best of its ability.

 

Unfortunately, we all suffer injuries that force us to slow down.  From Muscle strains that slow us down to serious injuries that require time to heal, we all had had a time when we were not in peak physical condition.

Acupuncture Reduces Pain and Speeds Recovery

Acupuncture is a great way to complement your healing process and rehabilitation.  Studies show that acupuncture reduces pain and speeds recovery so you can get back on your feet and get your strength back quicker.

 

Continued acupuncture treatment has also been shown to help people maintain their strength and even help to avoid future injury or becoming reinjured.

Joseph maintains an office in CrossFit Nine7 and has been working with CrossFit athletes as a part of their normal routine.  Acupuncture is an important part of your physical workout regimen to help you stay fit and healthy and to achieve your goals faster than you thought possible.

 

Acupuncture can help you in all aspects of your life when it comes to your physical wellbeing.  From feeling the physical pressures at work to the fatigue of getting your children to one activity after the next to the everyday bumps, bruises, and demands you place on yourself, acupuncture is a safe, and effective alternative to pain-killer and even some surgeries.

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Avoid Addictive Painkillers

Long Island is in the midst of serious issues with opioid addiction.  Most people think that this devastating addiction only happens to teenagers and those that have other issues in their lives.  In discussions with volunteer firefighters from different towns around Long Island, many of the opioid overdoses are from regular people who became addicted to painkillers after an injury.

 

Acupuncture can often be your first line of defense after an injury.  Reduced pain and inflammation can lead to faster healing without the need for addictive painkillers that mask the pain for a short time.

Acupuncture Can Be Your First Line of Defense or Compliment Orthodox Medical Treatments

Even in situations where surgery is necessary, acupuncture is a great way to help to alleviate the pain associated with recovery, reducing the need for medication.

Alleviate your pain, recover faster, avoid further injury, and live your best life.  Joseph Bianculli, L.Ac, has helped countless people from world-class CrossFit athletes to people whose jobs are physically demanding to the everyday mom and dad who do not want to accept that muscle aches and over the counter pain medicines are an acceptable way of life.

 

Call our office today to see how acupuncture can help to improve your life and get you to move better.

Topical Herbs

Patches

These will be commercially available premade patches similar to an icy-hot patch but with Chinese herbs. Action may include more warming or cooling, depending on the patch. Generally, cooling is better for acute pain, while warming is better for chronic. Usually available in the office.

Liniments

This is a blend of various herbs, let sit in clear alcohol, which is then applied to the skin in various ways. Herbs sit for 6 months or more. With better liniments sitting for at least a year. It is NOT recommended you go on Amazon and buy a random brand. Supplies are usually available at the office, and these are the formulas we actively use on the people we treat. This has a very “herbal” smell - earthy, rooty, woody. 

Application: start with a small amount to test your body's reaction. Adverse reactions are rare in my experience. This does stain easily, so be careful with clothing and other materials. Using a bowl can be a useful vessel. 

  1. Apply a thin layer and gently rub it into the skin. This can be done once or twice a day for multiple days in a row. Take a break every three days or so to avoid skin irritation 

  2. Dampen a cloth or paper towel and lay it over the affected area. Wrap in plastic wrap. Heat can then be applied if you’d like. Let it sit for as long as you’d like/can, up to overnight. Please note that overnight application can be very irritating to the skin and can cause serious issues so should be done with absolute caution. Make sure your skin can handle it. Up to 60 min should cause no issues.  
     

Poultices

This is a blend of ground raw herbs mixed with various liquids and then applied to the skin, covered, and left on for an extended period of time. This can stain clothing and material, so be careful. Some recipes may contain oil or egg. Other ingredients can be vinegar, witch hazel, red wine, or raw honey. This has a very “herbal” smell - earthy, rooty, woody. 

To apply: layer on about a quarter inch of poultice to the area to be treated going slightly past the edge of the area, cover with a cloth or paper towel, then wrap with plastic wrap. Leave on for approximately 12 hours. The average course will be for three days. If skin irritation occurs, skip a day.  

Premixed jars may be available in the office.

CLICK HERE for information about Herbs Used in the Poultices.

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