Shaq’s Secret Weapons: Acupuncture & Chiropractic

Shaq’s Secret Weapons: Acupuncture & Chiropractic

By Ric Bucher ESPN the Magazine

If Shaquille O’Neal is confident his problematic big toe won’t hinder him during the playoffs, it’s because he has a two-pronged plan to have it ready — acupuncture and chiropractic. O’Neal “My secret weapons,” he said.

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O’Neal had his first acupuncture treatment several weeks ago and is scheduled to have another one next month before the postseason begins. He’s also had a chiropractor manipulate the joint of the big toe to successfully alleviate the chronic pain it produces. “The guy can just look at you and tell you where you’re hurting,” O’Neal said without offering the chiropractor’s name.

Taking his prescribed medication should help, too. O’Neal said he forgot to take it before Tuesday’s 107-66 blowout of the Hornets and that the oversight contributed to his nine-point, 10-rebound performance in 26 minutes.

Update: Shaq On Acupuncture

“I’ll get some acupuncture and get rid of it,” O’Neal said of the hamstring pain he described as more nagging than acute. “I’ve always been a connoisseur of ancient medicine.”

Acupuncture will have to wait for a while. The Lakers (53-11) play four more road games before returning to Los Angeles.

“I’ll have to wait until I get back to the crib (to get acupuncture),” O’Neal said.

The 7-foot-1 center perked up, though, when a Denver acupuncturist was recommended.

“Get me his phone number,” O’Neal said.

Source: Lakers, Nuggets extend streaks. Denver Post. Reporter: Mike Monroe