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The Fitness Companionship Program

Be Your Own Personal Best…

The Fitness Companionship Program is a support framework of manual therapies consisting of acupuncture and electroacupuncture, remedial massage, cupping, and kinesiology taping for anybody looking to advance their level of fitness.

Whether you are looking to simply incorporate more exercise and activity into your daily life, you are an athlete at the start of training season, or you are competing in a sport at amateur or professional level, The Fitness Companionship Program offers you a personalised plan of therapies and treatment approaches to help support your body and mind through your training.

This program could be your companion throughout your journey to help you recover more efficiently, maintain your body’s balance amidst the added physical and mental stress, and potentially give you the edge you require for becoming your own personal best.

There is a range of programs and price ranges to suit your fitness level, timeframe and budget.

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Modern Integrative Acupuncture

Most well known for it’s pain-relieving benefits, acupuncture has been shown to support and balance the body through increased periods of stress and demand. Now backed by scientific research, acupuncture has been found effective in the treatment of a wide range of conditions.

Based on the ancient Chinese method of healing, Modern Integrative Acupuncture incorporates the most effective components of Traditional Chinese acupuncture yet approached from a modern perspective based on current research and contemporary knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

There are many different things that can slow our progress when we are aiming to get better results out of our fitness regimen, not least of all pain in all of its forms. While pain is a warning sign that something in your body needs attention that may require you to slow down, certain types of pain can occur as a result of an over-active immune system or chronic inflammation that may be a cause of frustration instead actually being of benefit. Sometimes we just need a little assistance to help our body’s healing mechanisms to get us back to doing what we love.

According to the Acupuncture Evidence Project (McDonald & Janz, 2017 p.2), there is strong evidence to support the use of acupuncture in the prevention of pain from:

  • Chronic low back pain
  • Headache
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Migraine
  • Postoperative pain

There is also moderate evidence to support the use of acupuncture in the treatment of:

  • Acute low back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Lateral elbow pain (tennis elbow)
  • Neck pain
  • Plantar heel pain
  • Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome (early stage) (with exercise)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Temporomandibular pain

Acupuncture has been thought to have the capacity to help improve physical performance and stamina. consequently, more research efforts are now directed towards establishing a definitive answer as to just how effective it can be. Within the field of its many therapeutic applications, acupuncture has been reported to have positive effects on human physiology such as the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems (heart and lungs), and neuro-endocrine responses (nervous system and hormones) (Maki 2013, p. 8).


Acupuncture has been shown to improve athletic performance …

  • In a trial to determine the effect of acupuncture on cycling performance for a 20km stationary ride, Dhillon (2018) found that acupuncture administered immediately before a session reduced the rating of perceived exertion experienced by the participants. This in turn resulted in lower readings for exercise-induced pain in the legs and improved overall times for the distance cycled.

Acupuncture holds potential for sports rehabilitation …

  • Hübscher et al (2010) studied the strength and performance enhancing effects of acupuncture on a group of 33 recreational athletes. It was found that a single acupuncture treatment was efficacious for improving isometric quadriceps strength which has implications for its use in athletic performance and rehabilitation programs aimed at restoring neuromuscular function.

Acupuncture improves blood flow and metabolic mechanisms …

  • A single blind trial by Ehrlich & Haber (1992) found that 5 weekly treatments of acupuncture significantly increased maximum performance capacity  and physical performance at the anaerobic threshold which can be interpreted as functional improvement in the blood flow of the body and metabolic mechanisms. This was compared to a placebo and control group, both of which exhibited either no noticeable effects, or unfavourable outcomes respectively.

How can acupuncture help?


DOMS is classified as a type 1 muscle strain caused by increased tension on the muscles leading to mechanical disruption of muscle fibres and connective tissue which results in mild transient inflammation (Hübscher et al. 2008, p. 1011). As acupuncture is known for its efficacy when it comes to treating musculoskeletal conditions and inflammatory disorders (Hübscher et al. 2008, p. 1012), and similar mechanisms are at play when acupuncture is used to reduce the severity and duration of DOMS.

While specific results vary across different research sources, such as improvements in strength and performance rates, what is consistent is that acupuncture has been shown to reduce the level of perceived pain resulting from DOMS in the hours and days following exercise (Cardoso et al. 2016, p. 85; Hübscher et al. 2008, p. 1011; Itoh et al. 2008).

 More info about DOMS …


Whether you are brand new to exercise or a seasoned athlete in your field, you will most likely have experience delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS. DOMS occurs as a result of increased load on a muscle group either at the start of a sporting season or when a new form of exercise is introduced to the body (Cheung et al. 2003). Symptoms vary from mild discomfort to incapacitating pain depending on the individual, the type of exercise, and the volume and frequency of training (Nelson 2013, p. 475).While soreness tends to peak around the 48 hour mark after a session, symptoms of DOMS can take up to 10 days to completely resolve, and peak strength output is usually affected for 24 – 48 hours (Nelson 2013, p. 475).

DOMS is closely associated with eccentric muscles contractions (concentric contractions – lifting the bar up/ eccentric contractions – putting the bar back down), as eccentric contractions induce a greater frequency and severity of micro-injury to the muscle fibres than other types of muscle actions (Cheung et al. 2003). Although DOMS itself is not considered to be a major threat to overall health, it can impact athletic performance by limiting joint range or motion, reducing shock attenuation (the ability for the body to absorb shock e.g. during running) and peak torque (Cheung et al. 2003).

Continued intense exercise of the same area of the body during the DOMS recovery period can also be potentially harmful. As muscle groups affected by DOMS are below optimum performance during this time (Vila-Chã C, 2012), the body’s natural capacity to compensate with nearby anatomy may result in unaccustomed stress on muscles, ligaments and tendons, and may increase the risk of further injury (Cheung et al. 2003). Those who are required to train on a daily basis are encouraged to reduce the intensity of the exercise for 1 – 2 days following intense DOMS-inducing exercise, or alternate muscle groups to allow recovery for that particular area (Cheung et al. 2003).


Making changes to your fitness regimen may include making changes to your dietary intake. It is not uncommon to seek advice from a nutritionist or dietary planner for this, and while these changes may ultimately be for the better, sometimes there can be a period of adjustment as our bodies get used to these new sources of nutrition. There is moderate evidence to support the use of acupuncture for the treatment of constipation, and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (Mcdonald & Janz 2017, p. 2) such as abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhoea.

It is not always pain that stops us in our tracks, there are a range of other conditions that we may have to endure on a daily basis that may prevent us from reaching our full potential. Below is a list of conditions from the Acupuncture Evidence Project (McDonald & Janz, 2017 p.2) for which there is moderate evidence to support the use of acupuncture as a effective form of treatment:

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma in adults
  • Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Depression (with antidepressants)
  • Dry eye
  • Hypertension (with medication)
  • Insomnia
  • Menopausal hot flushes
  • Obesity
  • Perimenopausal & postmenopausal insomnia
  • Post-stroke insomnia
  • Post-stroke shoulder pain
  • Post-stroke spasticity
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Recovery after colorectal cancer resection
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Smoking cessation (up to 3 months)
  • Stroke rehabilitation

More research here.

Massage

Whether for improving recovery time, treating injuries, or simple stress relief, massage is a great form of therapy for all occasions. You have the option of relaxation-style massage or Chinese remedial massage (Tui Na).

Chinese remedial massage has a long history of treating a wide range of conditions, however it is particularly effective when treating musculoskeletal disorders, injuries, muscle pain and tightness. Patients are given the option of being fully clothed or bare skin with massage balm and liniments.

Cupping

An open flame is briefly placed inside the glass cup which burns up the oxygen and creates a vacuum before being quickly placed on the patient’s skin in the area of treatment. The vacuum inside the glass cup drawn the skin and underlying tissues up into the cup to release tension and tightness in the underlying muscles and connective tissues.

Cupping is a favourite among patients to relieve stubborn tightness, and many find that cupping releases a great deal of tension in the areas where they are applied.

Others simply enjoy the experience as a form of relaxation.

Kinesiology Taping

Unlike rigid traditional sports tapes, kinesiology tape has a degree of stretch which allows for greater movement while still providing support. Variations in application of the tape designs mimic the tension lines of the underlying muscles and tendons and acts as a second “skin” to support weak or injured areas and promote healing.

The presence of the tape stimulates the brain’s sense of proprioception (awareness of our body in 3-dimensional space). This acts as a continuous source of feedback from the area of injury to the brain which helps to lessen the chances of over-stretching or bearing too much weight to prevent re-injury or exacerbation.

The Fitness Companionship Program:
Be Your Own Personal Best

Whether you are simply aiming to improve your base level of fitness, preparing for an upcoming season, or competing at an amateur or professional level, The Fitness Companionship Program can be customised to meet all of your needs to provide you the support your body requires.

Please do not hesitate to send us an email if you have any questions.

So, what are the options?

Read our options below to determine which option may be best for you.
We have a range of programs on offer to suit all budgets, fitness levels and timeframes –
choose from the Initiate, Go-Active or Elite Programs.

The programs below are based on a 3 week timeframe, however 6 and 10 week programs are also available and we can tailor any program specifically to meet your needs.

Initiate

For the Everyday Exerciser

… looking to improve their base level of fitness.
Suitable for everyone.

Go-Active

For Intermediate Levels

… looking to improve their performance in daily life or in the field.
Suitable for mid to high-range fitness levels.

Elite

For the Athlete

… looking to gain the edge in the upcoming season or competition.
Designed for athletes up to professional level.

3 Week Initiate Program

$41900
  • Each week contains
  • 1 x 60 minute Acupuncture Treatment
    (30 minute Initial Consultation added to the first session)
  • 1 x additional 30 minute session with your option of
    Massage, Cupping or Acupuncture
  • 1 x Kinesiology Tape Session
  • Valued at $510.00

3 Week Go-Active Program

$54500
  • Each week contains
  • 1 x 60 minute Acupuncture Treatment
    (30 minute Initial Consultation added to the first session)
  • 1 x 30 minute Express Acupuncture Treatments
    for pre or post training support
  • 1 x additional 30 minute session with your option of
    Massage, Cupping or Acupuncture
  • 1 x Kinesiology Tape Session
  • Valued at $660.00

3 Week Elite Program

$66500
  • Each week contains
  • 1 x 60 minute Acupuncture Treatment
    (30 minute Initial Consultation added on to first session)
  • 2 x 30 minute Express Acupuncture Treatments
    intended for
    • Pre-training treatment to boost performance
    • Post-training treatment to improve recovery
  • 1 x additional 30 minute session with your option of
    Massage, Cupping or Acupuncture
  • 1 x Kinesiology Tape Session
  • Valued at $810.00
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So, what does the research say?

Below are just a few extra research references outlining the benefits of acupuncture for a range of health and fitness related topics.

“Acupuncture is one of the most popular alternative methods applied in Western medical practice. In addition to its curative properties in various chronic conditions, demonstrated by the number of clinical trials, acupuncture has been recently applied as an enhancer of sports performance.

“Reviewed studies of published literature on the use of acupuncture in resistance and endurance sports activities demonstrated the association of traditional acupuncture protocol with increase of muscular strength and power.”

“Acupuncture is used to reduce inflammation and decrease pain in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) … Significant differences in visual analog scores for pain were found between the control group and tender point group immediately after treatment and three days after exercise …”

“A statistically significant difference was found only between the tender point acupuncture and control groups, immediately and three days after treatment. The results suggest that tender point acupuncture treatment may be effective for DOMS.”

“It is no longer possible to say that the effectiveness of acupuncture is because of the placebo effect, or that it is useful only for musculoskeletal pain.”

Mcdonald, J. & Janz, S. (2017, p. 1). , The Acupuncture Evidence Project: Plain English Summary

“Increased concentrations of beta-endorphins have been found following both exercise and application of acupuncture. Beta-Endorphins have been associated with long-lasting pain control.”

Pelham et al. (2001, p. 268), Acupuncture in Human Performance

“Based on evidence, acupuncture therapy on special acupoints could strengthen the parasympathetic nervous activity and modulates the balance between parasympathetic and sympathetic activity in soccer players while they engage in high-intensity training.”

“Unilateral electroacupuncture at the selected acupoints improved muscle strength of both limbs. These findings may have implications in physical therapy and rehabilitation settings.”

Cardoso, R., Lumini-Oliveira, J., Santos, M. J., Ramos, B. Machado, J. & Greten, H. J. (2016). Effect of Acupuncture on delayed onset muscle soreness: series of case studies. Experimental Pathology and Health Sciences 2016;8 (2): pp. 85-92. Source, viewed 10 June 2018

Cheung, K., Hume, P. & Maxwell, L. (2003). Delayed onset muscle soreness: treatment strategies and performance factors. Sports Medicine 33 (2), 145e164. Source, viewed 20 June 2018

Dhillon, S (2018). The acute effect of acupuncture on 20-km cycling performance. Clin J Sport Med. 2008 Jan;18(1):76-80. Source.

Ehrlich, D. & Haber, P. (1992). Influence of acupuncture on physical performance capacity and haemodynamic parameters. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 

Hübscher, M. Vogt, L. Bernhörster, M. Rosenhagen, A. & Banzer, W. (2008). Effects of Acupuncture on Symptoms and Muscle Function in Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness. THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE. 14: 8. pp. 1011–1016. Source, viewed 20 June 2018

Hübscher, M. Vogt, L. Ziebart, T. & Banzer, W. (2010). Immediate effects of acupuncture on strength performance: a randomized, controlled crossover trial. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2010 Sep; 110(2):353-8. Source, viewed 26 June 2018

Itoh, K., Ochi, H. & Kitakoji H., (2008). Effects of tender point acupuncture on delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) – a pragmatic trial. Chin Med. 2008; 3: 14. Source, viewed 20 June 2018

Mcdonald, J. & Janz, S. (2017). The Acupuncture Evidence Project: Plain English Summary. Source, viewed 10 June 2018

Maki, N. (2013). Athletic Performance Effect of Acupuncture on Baseball Pitching: A Literature Review. The American Acupuncturist. 65. pp. 8 – 11. Source, viewed 21 June 2018

Nelson, N. (2013). Delayed onset muscle soreness: Is massage effective? Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (2013) 17, 475 – 482. Source, viewed 20 June 2018

Vila-Chã, C., Hassanlouei, H., Farina, D. & Falla, D. (2012). Eccentric exercise and delayed onset muscle soreness of the quadriceps induce adjustments in agonist-antagonist activity, which are dependent on the motor task. Experimental Brain Research 216 (3), 385e395. Source, viewed 20 June 2018