ELDOA Spinal Exercises for Health, Fitness and Recovery

ELDOA is an exercise system that creates therapeutic space between the vertebrae, decompressing the discs and nerves. It respects your body’s holistic integrity and specifically targets individual spinal units. It is one of the most effective spinal rehabilitation methods available.

ELDOA exercise heals injuries, improves posture and can be adapted to all levels of fitness.

ELDOA for Fitness and Recovery

Nashville Healing Arts offers individualized ELDOA instruction as independent therapy or in combination with Acupuncture or Trigger Point Dry Needling.

There is specific ELDOA for each spinal vertebra and instructions are customized to the individual client’s fitness or recovery goals. There are general ELDOA exercises that are wonderful additions to any workout or wellness program.

Neck & Shoulder Healing ELDOA

Mark Shprintz is a Tennessee Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. His practice, Nashville Healing Arts Acupuncture, is located in East Nashville. Mark is an expert at alleviating muscular tension, recurring inflammation and the health consequences of emotional stress. He is trained in the ELDOA Method of the Spine.

 

 

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Nashville Sports Acupuncture and Trigger Point Dry Needling

We specialize in Sports Acupuncture and Trigger Point Dry Needling for all types of pain and mobility issues.

Sports Acupuncture & Trigger Point Dry Needling helps athletes of all ages achieve their best performance. It is one of the most effective hands-on tools for releasing chronic tension and restoring healthy, pain free mobility. The benefits of skillful Acupuncture are immediate, long lasting and may be the difference between natural recovery and unnecessary surgery. Unique, individualized medicine that supports your body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Nashville’s Best Trained and Most Experienced Trigger Point Dry Needling 

Licensed Acupuncturist Mark Shprintz has earned the reputation as Nashville’s premiere specialist for Sports Acupuncture and Trigger Point Dry Needling. Mark uniquely combines Dry Needling with Traditional Acupuncture methods of holistic healing.

Skilled Experience always matters. Recent legislative changes allow Physical Therapists and Chiropractors to offer Dry Needling with only a weekend’s instruction. Most clinics advertising Dry Needling have only a few months “practice” with this complex and precise therapy. In the hands of novice practitioners Dry Needling can be ineffective, painful and dangerous.

Mark Shprintz has mastered Sports Acupuncture – Trigger Point Dry Needling over 10 years and many thousands of treatment sessions. He has treated every type of athletic injury, mobility restriction and chronic pain situation with Acupuncture and Dry Needling.

Mark’s clients include elite professional athletes who’s goal is achieving the highest level of physical performance on a daily basis and enthusiastic amateurs who are looking to get the most out of the sports they love.

Advanced Trigger Point Dry Needling for Professional Athletes

Mark’s experience with professional athletes inspires his work with performing artists, professional dancers, Yoga and Pilates teachers and students.

Mark works individually with NFL and NHL veteran players season after season, including Nashville’s Tennessee Titans and Predators, who consider Sports Acupuncture-Trigger Point Dry Needling an essential part of their training routine, improving performance and recovery.

Releasing Tension makes you Stronger and Faster

Athletic power relates to a muscle’s ability to maximally lengthen and contract in a coordinated sequence. This ability is diminished by excessive tension and localized restrictions called trigger points that are the result of injury, overuse, compensation and fatigue.

“Mark Shprintz’s work has given my life back to me. After two severe spinal injuries, my back pain was debilitating. I am an elite Cyclist who was unable to train or compete without pain. Outside of my sporting endeavors, I was suffering everyday. Mark’s expansive professional knowledge and fantastic communication skills helped me achieve a level of comfort that I had begun to think was unattainable. I’ve resumed my sporting activities and am preparing for competition.” – SA

Some of the athletes who have benefitted from Acupuncture with Mark include: 

Runners debilitated by calf spasms, shin splints,  heel pain, achilles tendon inflammation and plantar fasciitis who couldn’t finish a work out experience complete recoveries and return to racing.

Crossfit Athletes side-lined with tendinitis and repetitive stress injuries resume training with new intensity and enthusiasm.

Lifetime golfers and tennis players who thought they were done playing a game they love because of pain are hitting confidently again.

Weight lifters unable to turn their heads or touch their hands to their opposite shoulder because of muscle imbalance recover new mobility and achieve personal bests.

Acupuncture relieves tension anywhere in the body.

“For the past six months, I’ve walked around feeling like I had shackles on. I suffered a leg injury that prevented me from running or caused extreme agony when I did. Running for me is like a religion, it gets me through the day, it’s helped me in all aspects of life and has made me who I am today. The thought of never being able to run again caused extreme anxiety and depression! Today for the first time in what seems like a life time, I ran with no pain! Words cannot begin to express my gratitude towards Mark Shprintz. He’s a miracle worker and true healer. My days of suffering have given me more desire then ever before to put my God given talent as a runner to work. I will never forget these past six months or take running for granted.” -RD

Understanding Trigger Point Acupuncture 

Acupuncture is deeply relaxing and wonderful for healing Sress.

Trigger Point Acupuncture – Dry Needling is a systematic, anatomically precise therapy that eliminates pain and accelerates recovery. It’s essential feature is precisely releasing obstructive muscular tension within the context of whole body movement patterns. This process involves the restoration of muscle length and kinetic potential, similar to the spontaneous unwinding of a twisted rubber band. 

Therapeutic Exercise: Yoga, Qigong and Eldoa.

Mark is an expert at treating various acute and repetitive injuries experienced by performing artists, professional dancers, yoga and Pilates teachers and students.

Eighty year old Tai Chi player warms up before practice.

Mark shares with his patients more than a decade’s experience with Yoga and Qigong, a coordinated system of breath and movement for healing. The goal of this process is gently releasing muscular tension and energy holding patterns, freeing the body’s movement potential, calming stress and clearing negative emotions.

As with his acupuncture, Mark’s own healing practice combines traditional exercise with contemporary techniques such as myofascial stretching and somatic awareness.  Mark’s training and personal experience includes ELDOA, a profound system of whole body exercise that targets the spine, decompressing nerves and rehydrating inter-vertebral discs. ELDOA exercise heals injuries, improves posture and can be adapted to all levels of fitness.

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Acupuncture and ELDOA Spinal Exercise for Chronic Pain

This article is addressed to people suffering with severe neck pain and low back pain, especially those who’ve been told that surgery is their only option.

There is growing evidence that spinal fusion surgery isn’t better than a conservative non-operative approach that includes Acupuncture and therapeutic exercise.

Acupuncture is very effective for releasing tension and improving circulation, relieving stress that aggravates compression and painful immobility.

I’ll offer some general guidelines that will improve most neck and back pain situations.

  • Complex and serious health situations need individualized evaluation and advice that’s best offered in person.
  • Emphasize soft tissue/ fascial healing rather than mechanical joint manipulation.
  • Gentle manual traction is very effective for reducing acute disc compression.
  • Keep moving. Move what you can.
  • Stretching and Exercising to maintain/restore mobility of the adjacent and downstream tissue is crucial. Exercise that emphasizes axial lengthening of the spine is best in the initial healing phase as opposed to strong rotation or side bending. Axial extension enhances the spine’s natural elastic recoil and Fascial Tensegrity.

    ELDOA for Spinal Health

  • ELDOA is an exercise system that creates space between the vertebrae, decompressing the disc and nerves. It respects your body’s holistic integrity and specifically targets individual spinal units. It is one of the most effective spinal rehabilitation methods available and can be scaled to all levels of fitness. The motto of ELDOA is “You are your own Best Therapist”.
  • Cultivate a positive outlook that you will get better.
  • Increase your water intake. Systematic hydration directly affects disc hydration.

ELDOA for Fitness

I can say from personal experience that ELDOA has transformed my own spinal health. My back is stronger and more resilient than it’s been in years. I was introduced to ELDOA by an acupuncture client, a 10 year NHL veteran. I asked him how he kept his spine healthy during a professional hockey season? He said ELDOA.

Mark Shprintz is a Tennessee Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. His practice, Nashville Healing Arts Acupuncture, is located in East Nashville. Mark is an expert at alleviating muscular tension, recurring inflammation and the health consequences of emotional stress. He is trained in the ELDOA Method of the Spine.

 

 

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Acupuncture for Yoga & Pilates – Balancing Stress & Tension

Healing Emotional Stress within a Global Context of Physical Tension.

 Yoga and Pilates are fantastic, life transforming practices for strengthening our physical bodies and calming our minds. They offer wonderful opportunities for exploring ourselves as holistic beings and experiencing how every part of us is truly connected.

Balancing Stress and Tension

Our physical body resolves and stores emotional stress as muscular tension. Movement and stretching has the power to touch unresolved emotional energy. This is why Yoga and Pilates can feel so good, calming and enlivening at the same time. On the other hand, because painful emotions are often bound up within muscular tension some of us may experience anxiety, agitation or sadness as barriers of physical resistance are explored.

Overcoming Challenge and Struggle

The challenges of Yoga and Pilates highlight an internal struggle between our goals for opening and freeing and our habitual tendency for tightening and contracting. Sometimes this is a question of physical mobility and range of motion, understanding how excessive tension in the shoulders causes pain in the wrists such as during Plank or Downward Dog. Sometimes this is a more profound issue, understanding how releasing deep muscular tension in the Core, Psoas, Diaphragm or Solar Plexus can trigger emotional responses that are difficult and unsettling.

Untangling Knots

As an Acupuncturist I specialize in healing chronic pain and the physical effects of emotional stress. After ten years of working with Nashville’s musicians, professional athletes, Yoga and Pilates teachers, attorneys, young moms and senior citizens, I see physical pain and emotional stress as inter-related, two sides of a coin. Clients often tell me “I carry all my stress in my shoulders” or “when I’m angry my jaws ache” and how they’ve got muscle knots that never go away. My gift is untangling knots, finding stressed and tender places that are the source of someone’s pain and releasing them. The other, essential aspect of my practice is healing  physical tension within a global context of emotional stress.

Physical tension is inextricably connected with Emotional stress

You can’t stretch a knot out of a rope by pulling on it. Contraction inhibits blood flow, like a clenched fist. One reason is usually because of postural misalignment. The other reason is that knots are the result of chronic muscular contraction that is happening on an unconscious, neurological level and is often perpetuated by emotional stress.

Whole Body Healing

 My approach to Acupuncture emphasizes releasing physical tension because it is inextricably connected with emotional stress. In my experience, acupuncture is the best hands-on method for alleviating pain and restoring mobility. Muscular releasing techniques combined with Traditional Acupuncture that address emotional stress creates a whole body perspective on healing, feels really good and is profoundly relaxing. It is a wonderful opportunity to rest, integrating mind and body. The results are immediate and long lasting.

Mark Shprintz is a Tennessee Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. His practice, Nashville Healing Arts Acupuncture, is located in East Nashville. Mark is an expert at alleviating muscular tension, recurring inflammation and the health consequences of emotional stress. He uniquely combines Trigger Point releasing with Traditional Acupuncture methods of holistic healing. For more information please visit his website. www.nashvillehealingarts.com

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Olympic Cupping for Sports Performance and Healing

The 2016 Rio Olympics introduced Cupping to a worldwide television audience. Many athletes, including all-time gold medal champion Micheal Phelps, displayed distinctive circular bruises.

Cupping Acupuncture

Olympic style Cupping  at Nashville Healing Arts Acupuncture

Vacuum Cupping Massage is a traditional, non-needle technique for relieving muscular tension, particularly along the back and shoulders. It is fantastic therapy for sports and performing arts injuries because it improves circulation to  sore muscles and accelerates healing. Negative pressure draws tissue into the cup, gently stretching the area. This method greatly increases blood flow and reduces lymphatic congestion. Some bruising is expected with cupping as this indicates the degree of circulatory stagnation. Cupping marks are not painful and fade quickly. As the treatment is repeated the health of the tissue improves and bruising eventually becomes non-existent.

Cupping is the original myofascial release and decompression therapy. Cups can be placed over trigger points or slid with lotion over broad areas to restore natural movement. Acupuncturist Mark Shprintz is expert with this versatile method and has perfected a variety of vacuum cupping treatments for pain due injury, stress and overuse. He combines cupping with acupuncture and dry needling for comprehensive sports and performance medicine.

Cupping is also tremendously beneficial for non-athletes. It shows great success treating whiplash, headaches, fibromyalgia and respiratory constriction.

Mark Shprintz is a Tennessee Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. His practice, Nashville Healing Arts Acupuncture, is located in East Nashville. Mark is an expert at alleviating muscular tension, recurring inflammation and the health consequences of emotional stress. He uniquely combines Trigger Point releasing with Traditional Acupuncture methods of holistic healing. For more information please visit his website. www.nashvillehealingarts.com

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Nashville Sports Acupuncture – Dry Needling for the Crossfit Athlete

Trigger Point Acupuncture: the Ultimate Mobility WOD

Mobility Work is a central feature of the Crossfit strength and conditioning program. Textured foam rollers, lacrosse balls and other pressure tools are utilized for reducing inflammation, improving range of motion and ungluing fascial adhesions. Mobility WODs are essential to athletic recovery, rehab and preparation for a challenging Crossfit workout. Sports & Trigger Point Acupuncture precisely localizes and releases obstructive muscular tension within the context of whole body movement patterns including signature Crossfit exercises such as Kettle Bell swings, Olympic lifts, Box jumps and Muscle ups.

 Optimize & Recover your body’s Athletic Potential

Sports & Trigger Point Acupuncture – Dry Needling is a perfect synergy for Crossfit Mobility Work. It is one of the most effective hands-on tools for releasing chronic tension and restoring healthy mobility. It is a systematic, anatomically precise therapy that eliminates pain and accelerates recovery. The benefits of skillful Acupuncture – Dry Needling are immediate, long lasting and may be the difference between natural recovery and unnecessary surgery. Sports Acupuncture helps athletes of all ages achieve their best performance and recover from injuries that might otherwise sideline them.

Dramatic Improvements and Personal Bests

An eight-year veteran NFL player told me about dramatic improvement in his Olympic Lifts during team workouts after his first Sports Acupuncture session. I asked him if anyone noticed. He said, “Yes. Everyone noticed.”

Choosing the Right Acupuncturist and Why Experience Matters

NFL Lineman receives Targeted Treatment for Pain

 

Over the past decade I’ve developed skills and clinical insights that have earned me a reputation as the premiere therapist for Sports and Trigger Point Acupuncture in Nashville. I work with NFL and NHL veteran players season after season, creating a unique pattern of acupuncture treatment customized for each athlete. My experience with professional athletes inspires my work with elite and enthusiastic amateurs from all sports. I’ve dedicated myself to advanced training and study that integrates traditional holistic healing with contemporary ideas of anatomical function. I have mastered Sports and Trigger Point Acupuncture – Dry Needling over many years and thousands of treatment sessions.

How Sports & Trigger Point Acupuncture Works

Neck and Shoulder Acupuncture

Releasing Tension & improving Mobility

 Sports Acupuncture – Dry Needling is the best method for releasing Trigger Points and restoring pain free athletic mobility. This process involves finding the appropriate trigger point, which is usually a tender knot in a taut band of muscle, precisely inserting an acupuncture needle, applying an oscillating technique that causes a powerful micro-contraction that indicates the restoration of muscle length and movement potential. I describe this releasing phenomenon to my clients as similar to the spontaneous unwinding of a twisted rubber band. This process releases tension, improves circulation and initiates healing.

Mark Shprintz is a Tennessee Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Mark specializes in healing sports injuries, chronic pain and emotional stress. His practice, Nashville Healing Arts Acupuncture, is located in East Nashville. For information about scheduling Sports Acupuncture – Trigger Point Dry Needling please call (615) 830-4700.

 

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Understanding how the human energy system interacts with our environment.

The genius of Traditional Chinese Medicine is understanding how the human energy system interacts with our environment.

In Autumn and Springtime, Damp, heavy days weigh upon us in Nashville. The weather swells and seeps into bones and joints, influencing our appetites, moods, creativity and consciousness.

Facial Acupuncture

Acupuncture for Allergies and Sinus Congestion.

Allergic Symptoms and Creative Blocks
The following is an exchange with a musician client after his acupuncture session. He was troubled by allergies, fatigue and creative lethargy. In a addition to acupuncture I prescribed a customized herbal supplement that Traditional Chinese Medicine describes as “penetrating turbidity and opening the portals of consciousness”. I’ve successfully used this strategy with other artists who are struggling with allergic symptoms and creative blocks.

The artist writes:
“I feel good, more like myself. I understand your description of “clouded mind,” and that has been exactly it. I feel energy and focus I’ve been lacking for about 18 months, excited about what I’m doing but no longer anxious or overwhelmed. I’m game! All for opening the portals, ‘cleansing the doors of perception.’ I’m really excited about this, and I am really grateful. I enjoyed our time and conversation. Thanks, and happy soggy day.”

Mark Shprintz is a Tennessee Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. His practice, Nashville Healing Arts Acupuncture, is located in East Nashville. For information about scheduling an Acupuncture Appointment  please call (615) 830-4700.
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Acupuncture for Stress, Immunity and Seasonal Allergies

Traditional Chinese Medicine sees a clear connection between emotional stress and the development of disease. Stress weakens immunity and makes us vulnerable to chronic disease.

Clean out your drawers

You can get so filled up with stuff, like a junk drawer. It’s good to step back and clean up.

Getting Sick and Never Really Getting Better 

Human beings have a tremendous capacity for adaptation to stress. Often this involves suppression, stuffing away what is too difficult to handle in the moment. Like a junk drawer filled with bad news. Eventually the drawer won’t stay closed and our stuff spills out. We’ve exceeded out adaptive capacity and then we get really sick or get sick and never really get better.

Unfortunately, this usually happens when we are most stressed, when we are demanding the most of ourselves. Some people are so highly motivated and task oriented that they manage to get through what’s required of them and then they get sick, when the job is done and they can finally relax.

Resilience, Recovery and Healing Potential
Acupuncture combined with customized Medicinal Herbs enhances your resilience and recovery power. In other words, something that might typically stress you out or  make you sick is more manageable.

Traditional Chinese Medicine calls this our Righteous Qi,  deep reserves of healing potential that is often stifled by our hassled, over-scheduled lives  and a reliance on antibiotics and unresolved emotional conflicts.

Antibiotics are powerful medicine but are too often used routinely. They treat the symptom without addressing  root cause of recurring illness. For example, Winter bronchitis turns into a Springtime sinus infection.

Flowers transitioning from Summer to fall bring alergies

The seasonal transition means different pollens and allergens can affect you.

Seasonal Allergies and Emotional Challenges

Autumn is a transitional time when we are vulnerable to the consequences of stress and fatigue. Shorter days, changing weather and a diet with more sweets challenge our respiratory and immune system.

Acupuncture and Natural Herbal Medicine supports immunity, alleviates stress and prepares body and mind for the physical and emotional challenges of the Holiday season.

Inspiring our Natural Ability to Heal Ourselves
Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizes a dual strategy, a Yin-Yang approach to address  this complex situation: an individualized course of detoxification and support, clearing away accumulated energetic gunk while enhancing our optimum healing potential, allowing our Righteous Qi to flourish.

Mark Shprintz is a Tennessee Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. His practice, Nashville Healing Arts Acupuncture, is located in East Nashville. For information about scheduling an Acupuncture Appointment  please call (615) 830-4700.

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My approach to Acupuncture

Healing Chronic Pain and Emotional Stress
I’m an acupuncturist specializing in chronic pain and it’s relationship with emotional stress. I combine Traditional Chinese Medicine with a focused anatomical perspective, utilizing careful  palpation and trigger point releases. My approach is influenced  by Japanese meridian balancing and the principles of fascial tensegrity or the whole body matrix of connective tissues derived from Anatomy Trains.

Neck and shoulder Acupuncture

Neck and shoulder Acupuncture

Releasing Muscular Tension
I emphasize releasing muscular tension and restrictions that are often the consequence of chronic pain, soft tissue compensations for issues that may not necessarily be muscular in origin (eg skeletal, organic or functional issues). Many of the chronic pain patients who come to see me for help haven’t been physically examined in years and often have only a generalized bodily/somatic sense of what’s hurting. Every client does a pain drawing as part of their initial intake.

Post-Surgical Hip Replacement Pain and Sciatica
For example, I see many senior patients who’ve had hip replacement surgery but are still experiencing severe pain. They’ve been dismissed by their surgeons who say there is nothing wrong with the implanted device and are relegated to pharmaceutical pain management. Sometimes something is wrong with the implanted device. What is far more usual is that chronic residual pain following hip replacement is muscular or myofascial. This is a scenario I see often and and responds very well to an acupuncture/trigger point approach:
Most hip replacement patients delay surgery as long as possible, often to the point where they are experiencing intolerable pain. Along the way they developed gait changes and compensations.

Quadratus lumborum and Chronic Hip and Pain
One of the most prevalent muscles involved is the QL, quadratus lumborum, which is a low back muscle that elevates the ilium and is over compensated when the hip loses mobility. It’s chronic contraction causes trigger points that refer to the hip and can mimic sciatica. The QL is not specifically addressed during hip replacement rehab. When chronically aggravated the QL causes post surgical pain that orthopedic surgeons do not consider when reevaluating the integrity of an implant or site healing. I examine these patients, check range of motion, muscle test and palpate for tight and tender areas. If the QL is involved (it usually is) I treat them lying on their side supported with bolsters.

quadratus lumborum trigger points

quadratus lumborum trigger points

“Oh that’s it !”
As I start probing around their waists with my fingers, some clients remind me it’s their hip that hurts, not their backs. When I locate the provoking tender point, needle and release it, that patient experiences a deep sense of “oh that’s it !”  This profound trigger point release initiates healing. Skillful acupuncture enhances circulation, clears inflammation and restores mobility. The changes are immediate and continue to improve in the days following treatment. Chronic pain issues that may have lingered for years start recovering immediately.

Whole Body Acupuncture
This whole body approach addresses compensation patterns. Like following ripples from a stone tossed into still water. A painful hip may lead spirally to the opposite shoulder. Foot pain may contribute jaw pain  and TMJ. Utilizing  muscle testing and palpation along functional pathways (Anatomy Trains) guides my selection of supplemental acupuncture treatment areas. I believe it is this precise localization of the sources of chronic pain within a context of whole body patterns that is first step essential to healing.

Mark Shprintz is a Tennessee Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. His practice, Nashville Healing Arts Acupuncture, is located in East Nashville. For information about scheduling an Acupuncture Appointment  please call (615) 830-4700.

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