Runners and other athletes take note — acupuncture helps heal injuries!
If you are someone that that has undergone intense athletic training, you’ve most likely experienced shin splints (or tibial stress syndrome) at some point. It’s very common with runners, dancers, hikers, football players, and even casual walkers.
Shin splints often occur after sudden changes in physical activity. This condition is caused by putting too much strain on the connective tissues that join the shin bones to muscle.
Treating shin splints with acupuncture can be very effective, especially when it is addressed early on, and healing time and pain can be reduced dramatically. A 2002 study published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine showed that athletes with shin splints who underwent acupuncture reported significantly lower pain levels than athletes who received traditional sports medicine treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medication. Subjects who received acupuncture also found that the pain interfered less with the playing of their sport.
Not only can acupuncture reduce the pain, inflammation, and swelling associated with shin splints, it reduces the inflammation and pain of bursitis to promote recovery, and as in many of these common sports injuries, acupuncture reduces the pain, inflammation and tension of Plantar Fasciitis. It also relaxes muscles in the lower legs and low back which relate to the soles of the feet through the fascia.
Acupuncture is also a very effective treatment for acute or chronic muscle tension and soreness, even if there is no diagnosed injury. Acupuncture relaxes the individual muscle fibers, releases endorphins, and increases blood flow to tense and blocked areas.
Sports injuries often take a long time to heal, especially where ligaments or tendons are concerned. All connective tissue can heal properly when given the chance and supported in the healing process.
Acupuncture can speed up the healing process by returning the natural energy flow to the affected area of the body so that you can heal. This lets you feel better, and get out there to have some more fun!
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