Sports Medicine Acupuncture

Pain Relief + Strength + Flexibility = Sports Medicine Acupuncture

Kevin Messey


“At UCSD, Josh Eha provided exceptional acupuncture for our student-athletes. As part of our sports medicine team, we found that the effectiveness of his treatments allowed our student-athletes to return to full activity much quicker with less reoccurrence of injury. His expertise in sports injuries spans all injuries from acute ankle sprains to chronic low back pain. Josh Eha was an important part of our sports medicine team.”

David Leopold M.D.

“Josh Eha has my highest recommendation. He consistently helps my patients decrease pain and improve functioning. His knowledge and skills are at the highest level. I trust Josh with my own friends and family.”



“Thanks to Josh Eha’s experience and skillful acupuncture treatment methods, I am finally recovering from my right arm tennis elbow and tendonitis which hadn’t improved after one year of conventional pharmaceutical treatments. I was referred to Josh by my orthopedic surgeon, because he had proven to help many others with acupuncture before me, and I will refer him to all of my family and friends for comprehensive care who strive for well-being.”



“I train in the martial arts (kung fu and yang style tai chi). In preparation for a tournament I was injured a few weeks before the event and was unable to use my left shoulder and arm. My first encounter with Josh for acupuncture treatment was one of desperation to at least regain sufficient movement in my shoulder so that I could participate in push hands, the tournament combat form of tai chi. To my great surprise within a few treatments I was not only able to participate but played the best push hands to date.”

Sports Medicine Acupuncture®

Sports Medicine Acupuncture® is a unique system of acupuncture specifically designed to decrease pain and increase function and get our patients back into the game. Whether that’s for hobbies, professional or recreational sports, or even a day’s work at the office, we combine the best of modern sports science with traditional Chinese medicine to heal those who are hampered by chronic pain and sports injuries.

The term “dry needling” was coined by Janet Travell, MD, to distinguish it from “wet needling,” or hypodermic injections. Dry Needling referred originally to a hypodermic needle on an empty syringe that is inserted into the body without injection.

The meaning of dry needling has expanded to include the same monofilament needles used in acupuncture. This happened for two reasons. First, acupuncture needles are safer and significantly less painful than hypodermic needles. Secondly, non-acupuncturists have been able to get around laws protecting the application of acupuncture solely by licensed acupuncturists with formal training (3-4 years graduate training, 2500-4000 hours). Currently, medical doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical therapists are among the biomedical healthcare providers who perform dry needling. In Minnesota, any of these non-acupuncturist providers can practice dry needling with a 100-hour certification course. Chiropractors may even advertise that they provide acupuncture after such a course, though may only do so as an adjunct to Chiropractic adjustments.

Dry Needling falls under the umbrella of acupuncture. It is an ancient technique to illicit a response in the local tissue to decrease pain and increase function. It is something that most acupuncturists, especially in the US, are already using as part of a comprehensive treatment strategy. For instance, in 2003, the national board (NCCAOM) found 82% of acupuncturists surveyed used needling of trigger points in patients that presented with pain.

One argument is that Dry Needling is derived from a biomedical perspective, meaning that with an understanding of physiology and anatomy, tissue can be targeted more effectively. This is true! Therefore, to assure you are getting a provider with the best possible skillset, choose a Sports Medicine Acupuncture certified acupuncturist that has had additional training in biomedical diagnostics as well as the acupuncture (and dry needling) expertise to get the most out of your treatments.

Benefits of Sports Medicine Acupuncture

  1. Expert Diagnostics: Specialized training in cadaver-based anatomy and western orthopedic evaluation combined with proven procedures of Chinese interrelation diagnostics that define our practice. This dual perspective sets the foundation for our entire treatment approach.
  2. Increased Range of Motion and Strength: A major benefit of Sports Medicine Acupuncture® is the unequivocally demonstrable improvement in range of motion and strength for individual muscle groups from joints, posture, and an overall improvement of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.
  3. Improved Posture: Postural correction can increase function in the musculoskeletal system, decrease pain and prevent future injuries. Posture specific acupuncture can improve muscle function and allow the body to heal physical stresses and increase mechanical efficiency.
  4. Improved Neurological Functioning: Sports Medicine Acupuncture® directly impacts the nervous system to decrease pain, tingling, numbness and atrophy. Acupuncture opens nerve pathways to vulnerabilities, enhancing functioning on all levels. Numerous studies show how acupuncture can further benefit neurological signaling.
  5. Improved Adjunctive Therapies: Sports Medicine Acupuncture further improves and excellerates Chinese medicinal treatments such as:
    • Cupping
    • Soft tissue release
    • Moxibustion
    • Stretching
    • Herbal medicine
    • Martial arts
    • Dry Needling
    • Rehabilitative exercises
    • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

Sports Medicine Acupuncture is Effective For

  • Acute Sprain/Strain
  • Arthritis
  • Athletic Enhancement
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Coccygodynia
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Costochondritis
  • Degenerative Disc/Joint Disease
  • De Quervain’s Syndrome
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tension/Stress, Cluster, Sinus, Rebound, Migraine Headaches
  • Herniated Discs
  • Hip, knee, and shoulder arthritis
  • IT Band Friction Syndrome
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s elbow)
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Neuralgia
  • Occipital Neuralgia (Arnold’s Neuralgia)
  • Paresthesia
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis/Fibromatosis
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postural Imbalance
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Sacroiliitis/ SI Joint Pain
  • Stroke Sequelae
  • Surgery rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation from Major Fractures, Hairline and Stress Fractures,
  • Functional Scoliosis
  • Shin Splints/ Tibial Stress Syndrome
  • Shingles and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Shoulder Impingement/Frozen Shoulder
  • Spinal Stenosis, Spondylosis
  • Sprained Ligament(s)
  • Strained Muscle(s)
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain
  • Tendonitis/Tendonopathy
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Whiplash

Dr Josh will be happy to answer your questions personally or help set up your initial visit;
or simply call 763-543-9080 to schedule an appointment.