It’s amazing, really, how easy it is to sprain your ankle. And it’s usually nothing that death-defying or glamorous. Getting up too fast and twisting weird while getting a snack. Tripping over your own foot and falling down the stairs. Stepping into a gopher hole when you were just trying to catch a frisbee. And no, “I’m” not “all right”, Mr. Gopher. Not so much at all…
A sprain is the most common type of ankle injury, something that occurs when the foot twists beyond the range of normal motion and the ligament is stretched or suffers a tear. (Stepping in a hole, for example.) Most ankle sprains happen when you make a rapid shifting movement with your foot planted. Often the ankle rolls outward and the foot turns inward. This causes the ligaments on the outside of the ankle to stretch and tear. The most serious sprains involve a partial or fully torn ligament. Symptoms of a sprained ankle include immediate pain, swelling, bruising, and if the injury is severe, the inability to put any weight on it. The recommended treatment for an ankle sprain is R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
A sprained ankle can move an athlete or performer to the sidelines and offstage — it was just reported that Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is expected to miss the three-game series against the Blue Jays after spraining his left ankle. Many an understudy takes the stage when the principal dancers of a ballet suffer a sprain. However, acupuncture is one of the most successful treatments for this particular ailment, it is extraordinary. Serena Williams received several acupuncture treatments early in 2012 when she was in Brisbane competing in the Women’s International Tennis Tournament, who also, incidentally, had a very good year in 2012!
Acupuncture is also great for the student, the secretary, the editor-in-chief, the Mom…you get the idea. Acupuncture is important to add to the treatment plan when you sprain your ankle, in fact, if the treatment begins soon after the injury, chronic pain can be avoided. The electro-magnetic field needs to be de-traumatized, the energy flow pattern needs to be cleared to enhance complete restoration of the ankle strength. The healing goes faster, and all residual blockages of “energy patterns” is cleared away. For all patients seeking acupuncture, a history of body injuries is asked about, and old ankle injuries are listed and considered in that future treatment, in addition to other injuries larger or smaller. The body has the ability to “remember” traumas. Acupuncture can release and heal it.
Point sites chosen will certainly be local, and near to the injury. Do not be surprised if point sites farther away are also included. Acupuncture is painless, gentle, and effective. Often, the anxiety and stress are immediately relieved. Patients feel much more relaxed and at ease during and after a treatment. Consider limping or hopping in for a treatment right away. Your frisbee is waiting!
P.S. (Topsoil is great for filling in gopher holes.)
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Author: Andrée Lambertson