With the 2012 London Olympics in full swing, I thought I’d focus this post on sports therapy and how acupuncture aids a speedy, drug-free recovery.
Not confined to elite performers, many of us at some point have suffered a sports related injury (even watching sports from the couch can have its own hazards!). These injuries can occur from sudden impact, force or even develop over time through a breakdown in posture or technique and include any of the following: tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, knee and ankle sprains, hip pointer, shin splints, skater’s wrist, frozen shoulder and back spasms.
When injuries keep somebody laid up and off their feet, they can lose fitness stamina and muscle mass which can be detrimental to athletes, professional and otherwise – making rehabilitation more difficult. Therefore, the goal in treating these injuries is to allow the body to heal quickly before this happens.
How does acupuncture heal sports injuries?
Acupuncture needles stimulate the body’s circulation and triggers an immune response, causing the removal of toxins and stagnated cells surrounding the trauma. If the area is quickly cycling out damaged tissue and providing fresh, healthy cells to the injury, it will heal faster and swelling and inflammation will diminish – therefore reducing pain.
When patients experience repetitive injuries, the result can also cause an increased level of stress, having a ripple effect that can disrupt sleep patterns, digestion, hormone balance and other systems within the body. The psychological and emotional benefits of acupuncture enhance the healing process providing the body and mind, deep relaxation, relieving mental stress and allowing the body to heal while in a meditative state.
So, if you feel the need to go for gold this summer and injury occurs, remember the healing power of Chinese Medicine can quickly get you back on track.
I also encourage you to enjoy a similar post written by my mentor and colleague Dr. Melissa Carr of Connect Health titled Olympics and acupuncture, Detox without pills, and more
Thanks for reading and wishing you the best of health.