Sports Injury Acupuncture
It can be extremely frustrating when you are out of action due to a sports injury - Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can reduce healing time and assist in pain management.
You can be sidelined by an injury from hurting your back, twisting an elbow or knee just by playing with children in the yard - it doesn't have to be from a sporting arena. The point is that it hurts and you just want to get back to normal as quickly as possible.
Acupuncture is very effective in treating all types of pain and is wonderful for sporting injuries.
- Acupuncture increases muscle flexibility, strength and mobility by reducing abnormal muscle tightness
- Improves the healing time of an injured muscle by increasing the blood flow and improving soft tissue alignment
- Reduces the strain, discomfort and stiffness sometimes associated with physical exercise
- Helps to reduce recurrent or chronic pain
When treating your muscular pain, tightness and restriction of movement you will have the experience, professionalism and excellence in Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment. One of the great and really interesting side benefits of acupuncture is its natural performance-enhancing ability. Acupuncture's potential is enormous and its role in the sporting arena is being tapped by countless athletes and sports people anxious to get on with the activity or game. A drug free alternative to pain you have been experiencing. Yet it's so simple, and so effective!
Common Sporting Injuries
Sprains and strains are very common sporting injuries. They are injury to muscles, tendons and ligaments that can also happen during normal daily activities. Correct treatment allows the best possible recovery in the shortest possible time. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are great tools to allow this to happen without the use of medicines like paracetamol or anti-inflammatory pain relievers. Acupuncture treatment allows a shorter healing time and gets to the point of the problem quicker.
Injuries to muscles, tendons and ligaments are called soft tissue injuries. A strain occurs when the fibres of a muscle or tendon are stretched to the point of being torn. Strains can be caused by sudden movement, heavy lifting or working a muscle too hard. This causes muscle pain, weakness, swelling and also a strain can cause bleeding into the muscle which can cause a haematoma (blood filled swelling).
Ligaments join bones to bones to create strong and stable joints. A sprain occurs when ligaments - and other tissues that hold a joint together - are stretched too far and torn. This can occur if the joint is pulled, twisted or stretched too far. A common example is a sprained ankle. Sprains cause swelling, pain and bruising around a joint. A sprain may also be hard to move.
Tendons join muscles to bones. When a tendon becomes inflamed it is called tendonitis and causes pain and tenderness near a joint. Tendonitis is often caused from a strain or by tendon overuse which could be caused by repeated movements.
First aid is to follow the RICE principle for the first 2 - 3 days after an injury. Rest. Ice. Compression and Elevation. This treatment will help to reduce the swelling, bruising and inflammation associated with the injury. If you have had a sports injury you will likely be suffering from some of the following signs and symptoms:
- Restriction of movement
As pain and swelling reduce, gently and gradually increase your movement. You may need to support the injured area with bandaging or strapping. Most sprains and strains take 1 - 6 weeks to heal. It is important to note that it can be difficult to know if an injury is a sprain, joint dislocation or even a fracture. Be sure to see a Doctor if the injury displays any of the following:
- Pain and swelling is severe and gets worse or doesn't improve in a couple of days
- The injured area is numb
- The joint looks deformed
- Range of motion in a joint changes a lot
- The injured area cannot support any weight
Acupuncture for Sporting Injuries
For sports related and muscle and joint injuries, acupuncture works locally right at the site of the problem. Acupuncture helps your body make its own natural pain killers, natural anti-inflammatory and anti-stress hormones. The amazing thing about acupuncture is that it stimulates your body to get these processes moving which releases those natural, in-built, body chemical healers. This gives you less pain/more gain sensation. This is what gives you the ability to get back into your activities faster. Its simple - the quicker you get your acupuncture started the less time you will be cooped up or sitting on the sidelines. When you commence your acupuncture the following things will happen:
- Reduction of pain, swelling and inflammation
- Lessens the effect of bruising
- Increases the range of movement in the injured joint
- Decreasing spasm and dispersing the caulking in muscles
- Reducing the pain by a substantial amount with each treatment by breaking the pain/spasm cycle
- Dramatically improving the blood supply to the affected area and dispersing swelling
Having acupuncture treatment for sports injuries maintains the natural free flow of energy through all of the muscles, blood vessels and vital organs of the body. This will leave you feeling great and decrease the healing time of your injury.
Acupuncture for Sporting Enhancement and Performance
Acupuncture has performance enhancing effects too.
This effect is drug free!
It is not an unfair advantage as it just accesses the potential in us all. Many athletes use acupuncture for the mental and physical stimulation and inner calmness that the treatment harnesses. Athletes can cross the pain barrier when enough endorphins, or "happy hormones" are released in the body. This leads to a feeling of euphoria and less pain. Acupuncture can create an enormous psychological advantage too. This can happen as a result of the relaxation of tight muscles and increased blood flow. Acupuncture's performance enhancing potential is massive and helps countless sports people who are anxious to get on with the game. This can all be explained to you by your acupuncturist.
Questions your Chinese medicine doctor will ask you in relation to your injury are;
How and when did it happen?
What is the pain like?
How much pain are you experiencing, and how restricted is the movement of the affected area.
All the signs and symptoms of your sports injury will be examined, assessed and diagnosed by your acupuncturist and then a treatment plan will be discussed.
Please make sure your acupuncturist is accredited!