It’s a BIG weekend!

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So, here I sit, just spent another 10 hours in school knocking down midterms fighting off an inevitable headache, but I’m still at it!  In case you didn’t already know, this weekend is kind of a big deal!  For one it’s Valentine’s Day for all you romantics out there, for another it’s Chinese New Year… which is pretty exciting.  It is the year of the Tiger this year which means the year is sure to be filled with boldness; more on that later.  But, most importantly, starting tonight… it is the start of the Olympic Winter Games!  I can’t believe it is already here!  I have a special place in my heart for games like these, I just LOVE the competition and the awesomeness of it all; athletes uniting an otherwise divided country, the feats of pure strength, heart and athleticism and the fact that these athletes bring such inspiration and hope to us all!  Good luck to all the competitors from all countries… but especially my favorite snowboarder; Graham Watanabe (we’ve pretty much known eachother since before we could stand on two legs, let alone rip down a mountain on a board as fast as you can; a good ol’ hometown Hailey, ID boy)… you rock Grahambo!  Kick butt out there!  You can watch Graham on Monday he’ll be competing in the Men’s Snowboarder Cross!  Also, be sure to check out Women’s and Men’s Freestyle Moguls this weekend (I use to ski with these guys!!  I’m rooting for them all!)  & check out the Aerialists too!  If you didn’t see it already, my buddy Jeret Peterson (also an Idaho native – Boise, ID) otherwise known as Speedy was on The Biggest Loser this week and will be sure to kick some serious butt out there this year! So check out the schedule on & see what these guys can do!

Click here:  NBC Olympic Schedule

In the spirit of the Winter Games and since we’re on the topic of Winter sports and more specifically Skiing.  I wanted to also include this article that I just read from

Skiing Injuries and The Power of TCM

The article discusses the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a treatment modality for injury prevention and as an essential treatment protocol for skiing injuries and post surgery rehab in high level athletes.   One common injury that many skiers, regardless of their abilities are afflicted with, is an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) tear; meaning one of the four major ligaments in the knee has been compromised, either partially or completely torn.  In general ski injuries usually involve the knees & possibly back.  If you are familiar with skiing, this shouldn’t surprise you.

TCM and other Chinese Medical modalities have proven to be quite successful in treating post-surgical procedures by reducing recovery time, strengthening tendon and ligaments, reducing inflammation and getting these athletes back on the hill stronger and more healthy than before.  In addition to Acupuncture, herbal remedies, both internal and topical may be used, as well as cupping, gua sha and moxa to increase blood flow, relieve stagnation and inflammation in the area of injury; and improve range of motion and overall joint health to get the athlete back on snow.  It can also be used as a preventative modality with functional training regimens and strength exercise.  In order to prevent injury and illness, you need to build up your body to overcome any adversity that it may be exposed to; the trick is being prepared and correcting your deficiencies & weaknesses before they are exposed!

 Now since I brought it up, you will all have to go knock on wood because I’m sure to have just broken a few rules as far as starting my post out wishing Olympic athletes good luck this year and ending it by discussing the treatment protocol for knee injuries!

Source: Feb., 12th 2010; Feb., 12th 2010; Feb., 12th 2010

About eresko

I am a licensed Acupuncturist and NCCAOM Board certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. I live in Hailey, Idaho, where I have an Acupuncture practice, Erin Hill Acupuncture as well as a type of Integrative Wellness Care practice, Tune Up. I am also a Level I & II certified Kettlebell Instructor and teach private classes in the Wood River Valley, Idaho. I have been very active in sports and athletics since I can remember. I received my BS in Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado @ Boulder. In my practice I utilize all modalities to help get you where you want to be, whether with Acupuncture, Nutrition, or Kettlebell training. I am well versed in treating Sports specific conditions; pain, injuries, strains & sprains and use my knowledge of the body both from a Chinese Medical standpoint and a traditional Western one; a concept that most of my patients are familiar with. In addition, I incorporate my knowledge of the physical body & how we move, where restrictions, pain, or tightness may reside and how that, in turn, affects the internal organs or vice versa. For each individual that walks through my door, I am able to assess what each person needs as far as therapy to achieve their goals. Each person is different, inside and out and treatments should reflect that. Among my modalities, I use Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Tuina (a type of Chinese bodywork), Japanese style Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Nutrition, and Lifestyle coaching as well as my Kettlebell training for rehab and for improving one's fitness level.
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