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Sports Acupuncture

Sports Acupuncture is the marriage of the ancient wisdom and methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) combined with present day anatomy, assessment techniques and modern sports medicine science.

My approach combines range of motion tests, palpation and manual muscle tests to provide a precise treatment for each individual.


Sports acupuncture is not solely for athletes. This method addresses anyone that experiences limited range of motion, postural imbalances, general pain, as well as any sort of overuse injury. Acupuncture is effective in decreasing inflammation, preventing swelling, controlling pain and regenerating healthy tissue and muscle tone.


Electric stimulation (E-stim) is an important tool used in most acupuncture sessions.

Together acupuncture and E-stim have shown through studies to mediate pain via an analgesic effect on the central nervous system. Acupuncture and electroacupuncture stimulate the regulation of body functions through encouraging homeostasis. Tendons ligaments and broken bones love E-stim


Working on Trigger Points and Motor Points during a session help by way of releasing tension and resetting the tonicity of specific tissue while reorganizing disrupted tissue.

Trigger Points are focused knots of pain located in tightened muscle tissue. These points often refer pain to another area of the body. Treating trigger points with acupuncture breaks up the compressed tissue so that the muscle or fascia can reorganize


A Motor Point is the point at which a motor nerve enters a muscle. These points are responsible for setting the tension of the muscle and for preventing over stretching.  When we needle them we reset them, resetting the tonicity of a muscle can strengthen a weak muscle that ay have turned of or relax a muscle that is overly contracted.

What does Sports Acupuncture Treat?

Sports Acupuncture is effective at treating all sorts of injuries and pain including: strains; sprains; swollen muscles; repetitive use injuries; and back, neck shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle pain. The following is a short list of some examples of common issues that Sports Acupuncture can be used to effectively treat.

  • Neck and Shoulder Pain - stiff neck with decreased range of motion and headache, rotator cuff injury, frozen shoulder, and acromial-clavicular joint dysfunction

  • Tennis / Golfer's Elbow - lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golpher’s elbow)

  • Low Back Pain - quadratus lumborum, SI joint pain

  • Hip Pain - sciatica bursitis, arthritis

  • IT Band syndrome

  • Knee Pain - patello-femoral joint dysfunction, patellar tendontitis, MCL ligament, meniscus injury, chronic degenerative arthritis shin splints

  • Heel pain - achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis

Symptoms associated with pain and injuries that are also treated included: 

  • Headache

  • Low Energy / Fatigue

  • Insomnia / Poor Sleep

  • Anxiety

  • Gastrointestinal Discomfort

  • Stress

Wendy's Acupuncture Credentials


  • Southwest Acupuncture college MA in Science and Oriental Medicine

  • Licensed Acupuncturist since 2001 Hawaii. License # 744

  • Acupuncturist at the Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Maui 2009 to present

  • Certificate of Achievement in Acupuncture Sports Medicine, 2013

    • Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship

    • Neck, Shoulder, and Upper Extremity

    • Low Back, Hip, and Pelvis

    • Lower Extremity

  • Certificate of Achievement in Acupuncture Sports Medicine, 2016

    • Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship

    • Neck, Shoulder, and Upper Extremity

    • Low Back, Hip, and Pelvis

    • Lower Extremity

  • Assistant to Whitfield Reaves Acupuncture Sports Medicine program 

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