Acupuncture and Sports Injuries

Sports injuries often tend to be strains, sprains, and other conditions that are actually non-traumatic. Pain is one of the most common complaints in sports injuries followed by reduced function. The whole approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture to the treatment of pain and reduced function is to see it as a disorder in the body’s natural state. The treatment is geared toward rectifying the disorder and restoring internal harmony. The side effect of this approach is that more is realized than just restoring full function and reducing pain. Performance is often enhanced as well. Acupuncture for sports injuries and performance enhancement does not have the harmful side effects. It is a natural and it is safe.

Sports injuries are most often caused by trauma or overuse of certain muscles and the neighboring structures, including ligaments and tendons. The acupuncturist commonly sees sports injuries such as pulled muscles, strains, sprains, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis and various manifestations of inflammation and pain that can keep the injured athlete out of the game.

Acupuncture is used effectively to reduce the pain and inflammation of sports injuries. It has also been shown to increase range of motion and accelerate healing time. Acupuncture can be employed at any stage of an injury: to prevent, to treat acute pain, swelling and spasms, and to address conditions that make athletes vulnerable to re-injury. Studies have shown that acupuncture increases blood circulation to specific areas of the body, which not only promotes healing of sports injuries but could also boost athletic performance.