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Fore! Acupuncture Great for Golfers

Improve Your Golf Game with Acupuncture

Don’t let pain or stiffness hold you back from playing your best game. Get back to the full swing of things with acupuncture!

You have the equipment, the membership, the gorgeous weather, the awesome outfit. As you know, a calm and healthy body and mind is essential to a great golf game. And now, acupuncture can help you to bring your game to the next level.

While golf is not generally a high-impact sport, there can be issues that arise. The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) has discovered the average golfer plays 37 rounds a year and is practicing more and more, so while they are improving their game, they are risking acute and chronic problems, specifically from strained muscles, repetitive motions and inflammation.

Acupuncture increases your flexibility on the golf course!

Acupuncture increases flexibility!

In addition, the factors of age, stress, tension and sedentary jobs can inhibit flexibility and range of motion, which can also directly impact a golfer’s game, potentially leading to injuries.

Acupuncture treats many different common conditions including low back pain, golfers elbow, rotator cuff injuries, hip pain, golfer’s elbow, neck and upper back pain, knee pain, and more.

Acupuncture also emphasizes the mind/body connection so that more than just a physical improvement, players can also benefit from better concentration and less stress and tension. 

So golfers, here are some of the best benefits of getting acupuncture!

  • Endorphins! Acupuncture releases those lovely chemicals that is our body’s natural way to kill pain.
  • Relaxes muscle spasms, and calms nerve irritation.
  • Releases your body’s natural steroids which reduce inflammation, which can lead to a better swing.
  • Improves blood flow and promotes faster healing.
  • Memory improvement – Remember that VP’s name on the 9th hole!
  • Regulation of hormones and body functions. A good thing.
  • Eliminates stress and elevates your mood. Nobody likes a golf club flying through the air!
  • Better sleep.
  • Improves your flexibility and range of motion. Again, a better and more consistent swing!
  • Enhances your immune system, which is useful if you’re shaking a lot of hands (after you win!).

So whether you are new to golf, and are looking to improve your game, or are dealing with a golf-related injury you would like help with, try acupuncture!

Interested in acupuncture and how it can help you? Please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Leave the Tenderness for the Heart – Acupuncture Relieves Tendonitis!

Tendonitis Relief with Acupuncture!

Tendonitis Relief with Acupuncture!

Injuries sure can take the fun out of play, or make work painful or even impossible. A very common injury is tendonitis. Tendonitis (or tendinitis) is an inflammation of the tendon or cord of fibrous tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone. It is often accompanied by tenosynovitis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the tendon sheath. The symptoms of these conditions are pain and tenderness at or near a joint, especially when you move the affected limb,  possible swelling over the area, and in some cases numbness, tingling, and/or a burning sensation, as well as a crackling sound, called crepitus. Stiffness, along with the pain can restrict movement of the joint involved.

The exact cause of the inflammation is often unknown, but may result from repeated trauma, excessive strain or overuse of the tendon. Repetitive strain injuries are most often related to the type of work that a person does — file clerks, hairdressers, musicians, car mechanics, massage therapists — as well as anyone who works for long, uninterrupted hours on a computer are predisposed to this type of overuse injury. Also, those that play hard can also suffer — rock climbers tend to develop it in their fingers and elbows. Generally, tendonitis will develop when the stresses on a tendon overwhelm the body’s repair mechanisms. For instance, irregular or too-strenuous exercise along with not warming up properly can also make one prone to tendonitis — the “weekend warrior”. People who are overweight have a higher risk of tendonitis because of the increased pressure on tendons, ligaments, and bones.

Tendonitis is most often seen in the shoulder (rotator cuff tendonitis), elbow (tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow), wrist, hand and thumb (de Quervain’s disease), knee (jumper’s knee), ankle (Achilles tendonitis), and hip. Any activity performed frequently with poor body mechanics will place stress on some structural weak link — often a tendon.

Most times, you can treat tendonitis with rest and physical therapy. But often the painful symptoms persist, and acupuncture is the answer!

Acupuncture gives excellent results in both acute and chronic cases of tendonitis. Acupuncture can help manage the pain of tendonitis while decreasing inflammation of the tendon. More importantly, acupuncture can be used for targeted muscle inhibition with the goal of reinforcing or re-establishing proper body mechanics through motor recruitment patterns. This will address the root cause of the inflammation and pain.

Acute cases can often be resolved in a few treatments. However, many people with this problem suffer from very chronic conditions. These cases can be treated with good results too, but the more long-standing the condition, the longer it will take to resolve. Acupuncture can successfully restore the tendon’s ability to function properly and improve healing, and regular acupuncture “tune-ups” can also aid in preventing the development of tendonitis in the first place, as well as preventing a recurrence of tendonitis once it has been relieved.

Leave the tenderness for the heart, let your tendons be strong!

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