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Play Ball! Wave Your Arms! Acupuncuture Eases Rotator Cuff Issues

 
Acupuncture "Luvs" Athletes!

Acupuncture “Luvs” Athletes!

Want to get your killer serve back, but can’t get your arms to go up?

Acupuncture helps shoulder the burden, and get you back to moving freely!

Shoulder pain is the third most common specific reason U.S. patients seek acupuncture treatment. Our tendons are one of the body’s weakest links. Although muscle and bone heal well after injury, the fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone has a relatively poor blood supply, and for that reason, it recovers slowly. 

Overuse of a tendon (repetitive strain injury) is the most common cause of tendonitis. 

It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing! Acupuncture for Golfers!

It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing! Acupuncture for Golfers!

Swelling of the bursa and thickening of the rotator cuff can push the tendon up into the bony arch of the scapular acromion, creating a vicious cycle of tendon injury that can eventually lead to complete tears of the rotator cuff and degeneration of the tendon.

Rotator cuff tears are common and people over the age of 50 have a 25% chance of having a tear. 

Athletes who make repetitive throws like pitchers, cricketers and tennis players are also at risk, as well as body builders,  and golfers. The average Joe (or Joanne) also at risk? People who do repetitive lifting or overhead activities are also at risk for rotator cuff tears. Painters, carpenters, and others who do overhead work also have a greater chance for tears.

Common Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendonitis 
  • Gradual onset of pain, swelling and weakness at the side and front of the shoulder and upper arm, made worse by overhead motions such as reaching and throwing.
  • Pain at night when resting on the affected side.
  • Sharp twinges and painful catches in the shoulder during arm elevation. 

Acupuncture has been shown to be very helpful for rotator cuff issues, and there has been a number of successful trials that give proof. A study compared superficial to deep-insertion acupuncture in 44 participants with shoulder pain and also found relative benefits, which lasted for at least 3 months. In another study, 117 people with rotator cuff injury (including tendonitis) were randomized to receive corticosteroid injections plus exercise or 10 acupuncture treatments plus exercise. Both groups experienced similar improvements in shoulder function and pain. 

Get Back to Playing with Acupuncture!

Get Back to Playing with Acupuncture!

Finally, in a sizable randomized trial, 425 patients receiving physical therapy for their persistent shoulder pain were divided into two groups: one received single-point acupuncture while the other received a sham treatment (mock transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) for three weeks.

The acupuncture group showed significant improvement over the control group one week after treatment.

Acupuncture works for rotator cuff issues, arthritis, and sprains and strains of all kinds. How can it help you?

Sources: Ceecherelli F, Bordin M, Gagliardi G, et al. Comparison between superficial and deep acupuncture in the treatment of the shoulder’s myofascial pain: a randomized and controlled study. Acupunct Electrother Res. 2001;26:229-238.

Johansson K, Bergström A, Schröder K, Foldevi M. Subacromial corticosteroid injection or acupuncture with home exercises when treating patients with subacromial impingement in primary care—a randomized clinical trial. Fam Pract. 2011;28(4):355-365.

Vas J, Ortega C, Olmo V, et al. Single-point acupuncture and physiotherapy for the treatment of painful shoulder: a multicentre randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2008 Apr 10.

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Acupuncture is an Athletic Supporter! Athletes Benefit Greatly From Acupuncture

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Acupuncture Amazing for Athletes

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