Sports medicine has taken a foothold as more people today experience issues related to sports and seek treatments for their injuries and medical ailments. These concerns are usually related to musculoskeletal conditions, encompassing both acute and chronic injuries which are from specific physical activities such as weight lifting, competitive sports, martial arts, “weekend warriors” sports, running, and general outdoor activities. Those who participate in these sports or activities tend to damage or place undue stress on certain groups of the body that are frequently used, leading to damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and even bones.
If you’re suffering from injuries such as tennis elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, golfer’s elbow, tendonitis, ankle sprains, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, knee sprains/ strains, , frozen shoulder, lateral or medial epicondylitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, lower back pain, or osteoarthritis of your joints, then acupuncture can be a great solution to help you find relief from these conditions.
Along with other medical modalities, acupuncture can be conjunctively used to help treat other severe musculo-skeletal conditions include acromio-clavicular joint separation, bicipital tenosynovitis, lumbar disc herniations, posterior or anterior cruciate ligament tears, Osgood Schlatters Syndrome, acute olecranon bursitis, and many more.
Why Choose Sports Acupuncture?
Sports Acupuncture is used to assist with managing pain and the healing process. Many professional sports teams have incorporated acupuncture treatments for their players to improve their healing times and help resolve chronic ailments. Although acupuncture in the sports world is gaining traction, the use of acupuncture treatment began centuries ago to treat injuries from intense or repetitive physical activity, such as combat and martial arts. These healing techniques have continued to be developed and aid in alleviating pain and increase recovery time from injury, so athletes can begin to train and compete again more quickly.
Acupuncture reduces pain, increases range of motion, improves the body’s recovery time, and strengthens weakened parts of the body. Acupuncture has been proven to be very effective in treating sports injuries. This is accomplished by decreasing inflammation, reducing swelling, relaxing muscles, relieving spasms, and lowering the body’s response to pain. It also improves overall blood and lymph circulation, increasing the delivery of nutrients and removing noxious elements from the body.
One of the most common sports injuries are sprains and strains. Sprains involve your ligament, while strains involve your muscle or tendon. After a sprain or strain, one will typically experience pain, swelling of the injured area, reduced range of motion, and discoloration (redness or purple skin). Along with the RICE treatment (Rest, Icing, Compression, Elevation), more and more athletes have turned to acupuncture treatments to not only help with the inflammation and swelling of the injured area, but to reduce healing and recovery time so that he or she can get back in the game fast in their sport of choice.
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