Whether you are a pro-golfer-in-training, or just like to throw a football around your yard with the kids, we are sometimes reminded by our bodies that we may have overdone it a bit…or a lot. Athletes of all kinds can benefit from acupuncture if they’ve been injured, and acupuncture can help prevent injuries as well.
Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for repetitive use injuries like tendonitis, reducing swelling, relieving pain, decreasing inflammation and increasing blood flow to the area. If the next Pele has strained a ligament, acupuncture can be used in the acute phase to reduce swelling and pain and increase blood flow to the area to promote healing and increased range of motion. Once out of the acute phase, acupuncture can be used to balance the body’s natural muscular structure, avoid bracing from surrounding muscles, and strengthen the site of injury.
If we’re looking at serious injuries, acupuncture is also a wonderful complimentary therapy to traditional medicine in the treatment of stress fractures. In the acute phase, it eases muscle guarding, increases blood flow to the area, and decreases pain and inflammation. Longer-term, acupuncture can bring blood to the local area to assist with bone regeneration and address underlying structural and metabolic weaknesses that led to the stress fracture in the first place.
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. This lets you feel better, and get out there to have some more fun!
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. No more running on empty!
Fun Fact: The Healthcare Medicine Institute analyzed 14 clinical trials involving 3,835 patients and concluded on its website that “Acupuncture provided significantly better relief from knee osteoarthritis pain and a larger improvement in function than sham acupuncture [or] standard care treatment.” Not-so Fun Fact: ACL tear is one of the most debilitating knee injuries, in which case a knee-stabilizing ligament tears, but here’s the good news — acupuncture helps to stabilize the knee muscles during the healing process and decrease pain and swelling.
Sports injuries often take a long time to heal, especially where ligaments or tendons are concerned. Sometimes, because of repeated use of the arm, connective tissues don’t ever have a chance to heal properly. In these cases, an athlete may come to the conclusion that an injury is permanent. This is mistaken thinking. 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 your arm can heal, even while you’re using it!
No pain, no gain? Not so…acupuncture can ease the pain of the strains, and let you get back to what you do best, beating your own best time and score!
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Author: Andrée Lambertson