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Acupuncture for Sports Injury

Acupuncture for Sports Injuries

One of the most frustrating parts of being an athlete, at any level, is the inability to perform at your highest potential because of injuries, fatigue or lingering pain. Over time, these ‘acute’ injuries become ‘chronic’ and not only affect your performance but can also affect your quality of life.

Six acupuncture associations have released a comprehensively referenced white paper charting acupuncture’s significance as an alternative to opioid medication for pain relief.

“Acupuncture is an effective, safe and cost-effective treatment for numerous types of acute and chronic pain. Acupuncture should be recommended as a first line treatment for pain before opiates are prescribed and may reduce opioid use.” Acupuncture Today, 2018.

The Acupuncture Evidence Project, a systematic review which studied the effectiveness and efficacy of acupuncture in the research literature deems acupuncture to have a positive effect treating chronic pain, ankle sprain, general pain, plantar heel pain, and has evidence of potential positive effect for lateral elbow pain, neck pain, sciatica, shoulder impingement syndrome (early stage and with exercise) and shoulder pain. Exercise performance and post-exercise recovery is also supported by weak yet positive evidence.

As with all medical intervention there are some risks, however acupuncture is considered a safe modality. Our Acupuncturists are gentle, compassionate, experienced and effective. Acupuncture can offer a complementary, natural, pain and drug free treatment option for treating sports injury, especially when combined with western therapy.

How can Acupuncture help treat sports injury?

In Chinese medicine diagnosis focuses on the root of the problem, rather than merely symptoms of the problem. By using the diagnostic tools of an in-depth consultation, pulse, tongue and palpation, we can assess any underlying imbalances and develop a treatment plan specific to your body’s needs. Then by using acupuncture, cupping, moxa and other healing methods, we re-balance your body.

Acupuncture for acute sports injuries

The body’s response to an acute injury is tightening of the muscles, reduced mobility, inflammation, swelling, pain and stiffness. These are seen as “blood stagnation” in Chinese medicine terms and need to be resolved in order for the body to regain optimal health. Acupuncture frees up these blockages via microinjury which facilitates healing and intramuscular stimulation, which releases the tight muscles and trigger points so that oxygenated blood can flow freely, thereby promoting healing and recovery.

Acupuncture for chronic sports injuries

Over time, if acute injuries are ignored or mistreated, the body’s energy levels are broken down and usually lead to worse injuries or additional injuries in the surrounding tissues. As the body’s internal recovery system is weakened, it exposes the entire body to potential injury. Acupuncture encourages the body to heal itself by tonifying underlying deficiencies, such as Qi and blood, which facilitates natural healing of the body to maximise recovery.