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The 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony is tomorrow—have you met Team USA? With a roster that dishes out discipline, character and some serious skills, these are our favorite athletes that make the Winter Games in PyeongChang worth watching!
Seen as the gold-medal favorite in the halfpipe event, this SoCal native has an impressive resume. As the youngest snowboarder to earn a gold medal at the X Games at just 15, and the first female athlete to land back-to-back 1080s (yes, that’s three full revolutions in the air), Kim is a sure bet for victory this year. If she grabs the gold medal at PyeongChang, she’ll set another record as the youngest American to win an Olympic medal in snowboarding. Get it, girl!
Known as one of the world’s best figure skaters, Chen, 18, has had one hell of a year on the ice. Nathan was given the name “Quad King” for being the first skater ever to land five quadruple jumps in a single program—most elite figure skaters can only perfect one or two. Dang dude, talk about flying high!
Introduced to skiing as a two-year-old, Shiffrin was studying videos of her slalom technique by middle school. Needless to say, Shiffrin has had her eye on the prize from a young age. Now at only 22, she’s the youngest Olympic slalom gold medalist ever. Considered “the best technical skier of her generation,” we feel pretty confident Shiffrin will be going for more than the gold this year.
Taking home a bronze medal in 2010 as a brakeman (back of the sled) with teammate Erin Pac, and winning silver as the pilot (in front of the sled) with teammate Lauryn Williams, Taylor has her eye on the prize at PyeongChang. As the first black pilot to win an Olympic medal, the first woman to win medals as both brakeman and pilot, and the first U.S. woman to win two bobsled Olympic medals, Taylor is making some amazing history. Watch out ice, she’s coming for you.
This buzzy brother/sister duo will compete together in the Winter Olympics’ first year of mixed doubles curling, as well as separately on the women’s and men’s teams. If they make it to the gold medal rounds, that means 18 straight days of competition on the ice. Phew! Teamwork makes the dream work, right?
Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, oh my! Time to set your DVR’s, grab that hot cocoa, and get pumped while you watch these U.S. powerhouse athletes lay it all on the line.
Acupuncture is extremely beneficial for various ailments ranging from digestion to carpal tunnel, but the level of effectiveness varies from person-to-person. I’ve had Sciatica patients spend months combating their back and leg pain, and others hop off the table in two hours, never needing a follow-up appointment. Some rotator cuffs take six weeks; others take two years.
Why is this?
While your body's response to acupuncture depends on the complaint or injury, it also depends on your overall health, and how well you take care of the injured site between sessions. If we eat junk food all the time, are inactive, don’t sleep well, or overwork ourselves, then injury is imminent, and recovery is going to be hard. Equally, if we ignore an injury or don't care for it, then we will likely stay injured for longer.
So, let’s break down what’s best for you when it comes to acupuncture:
“How often should you get acupuncture with specific ailments?”
This is different for everyone, but here are some general guidelines.
More is better.
Acupuncture has cumulative effects, so while most feel relief after one session, it likely will not have resolved the issue. Multiple follow up sessions are needed, and for your own comfort, it’s recommended that you use sessions before the effects have completely worn off each time.
Every time you receive a session, your relief should be more significant, and the effects should last longer—bringing the injury closer to resolution. With this in mind; the worse the injury, the more frequent you’ll want to receive acupuncture. Several times a week is standard, that way you will get out of discomfort faster, and you’ll need fewer sessions overall.
Understanding acute versus chronic ailments.
Some acute symptoms like nausea, dizziness, bleeding, swelling, or anxiety will clear up on the spot. However, for recent injuries pertaining to tissues, like a strained muscle, you can use three acupuncture sessions in one week with great effect. For example, with strained lower back muscles, you will feel less pain in one session, a significant reduction in inflammation and symptoms within three sessions. An ankle sprain is a little more serious and may take two or three weeks, but the general idea is the same.
With stubborn pain, or chronic issues like sciatica, skin rashes, nerve pain, hormone irregularities, it can take a bunch of sessions to see lingering results. Often there will be relief right after each session, but the symptoms return quickly (albeit with a little less vengeance). This just means the results are happening in smaller increments. For this reason, your practitioner will tell you to come in over three times a week for two or three weeks so you’ll get more relief faster, but you can space the sessions out as you begin to feel better.
“What can I do to make my acupuncture benefits bigger?”
As mentioned, how you care for yourself between sessions makes a big difference. Here’s a few pro tips.
Your practitioner will give you specific directions they want you to follow for your ailment, but generally, after an acupuncture visit, it is wise to drink a lot of water and rest.
Here’s the obvious thing we don’t often consider. If you get instant relief for your pulled hamstring, but then you go running the next day, it’s going to take forever to heal! That injured body part needs to be pampered and catered to. Your acupuncturist will give you food, supplement, lifestyle, and movement suggestions to use between sessions– use them all.
I’ve seen countless patients walk in with frozen shoulder, spend 90 minutes in the chair with various points and stimulation techniques, and then leave swinging their arm painlessly with 50% more range of motion. If they eat well, do their physical therapy, and are kind to their shoulders, the effects will last. Then, next time, we can add another 50% on to their range of motionBut, if they paint a house or swing a baseball, then I see them go right back to square one overnight. How we take care of ourselves between sessions really matters.
You will want to note any changes; no matter how small or irrelevant they seem. Your practitioner is armed with many protocols and techniques. They will always start with the combo that they’ve seen work best for your complaint, from there they will work backward or tweak it slightly based on the information you give them. Make sure to tell them every detail, even if it seems unrelated.
One lady, with unrelenting pain, finally revealed a game-changing nugget to me while nonchalantly laughing about her need to wear neck scarves everywhere. I found out she had been experiencing chills and had a significant aversion to wind during the summer. This “irrelevant” snippet made me radically change the protocol, and she was pain-free and healing rapidly within four sessions.
So, there you have it. How acupuncture benefits various body parts depends on the area concerned, but also on how we treat our bodies before, during, and after injury.