How Acupuncture Can Treat Sports Injuries?

Updated: Aug 27, 2020

Sports are a fundamental part of the lives of millions of people all over the world. In fact, it is the most technical part of bringing recognition and identity. Many people have established their careers as professionals in sports. In this day and age sports are becoming more competitive every day and every sportsperson is looking to enhance performance and gain a competitive edge over their rivals. For this reason, they undergo tremendous workouts and practice sessions on a daily basis to achieve success in the sport they perform. But when they undergo strenuous exercises or push themselves beyond limitations, it can result in injuries.

Sports injuries are very common and vary from minor muscle sprain to major complex trauma. Muscle sprain and strain are some of the most common sports injuries that every sportsperson experiences in his lifetime. These injuries involve soft tissues such as ligament, muscle or tendon. Associated conditions with this type of injury can have inflammatory conditions such as swelling, bruising, purple discoloration and reduced movement. Sports injuries can be categorized into two types, the first type is acute traumatic injury resulted as a strong blow due to the strong application of force in one attempt such as cross-body block as in football. The other type is chronic injuries that happen over a period of time that have resulted due to continuous training such as running, overhand throwing, serving, and so on.

Acupuncture Benefits:

While there are many ways to treat sports injuries, in recent times acupuncture has become one of the best alternative treatments that many sports professionals are using with other modalities and western medicine as a part of their treatment regimes. Acupuncture has been proven to be a safe and natural method that can restore mobility for patients with motor impairments due to sports injuries.

Read on to know how Acupuncture can help sports professionals:

  • Acupuncture helps the body to heal and balance itself by allowing energy to flow from meridians; the energy pathways where the blood flows at an optimal level.

  • Acupuncture can reduce inflammation, spasms and can create a soothing sensation all over the body. Acupuncture needles when placed on the affected area stimulate the production of pain-relieving chemicals by stimulating the nervous system. These chemicals such as endorphins or opioids are released at the site of injury and help minimize the pain.

  • Inflammation reduction: The micro-needling procedure can stimulate the nervous system and create an anti-inflammatory response that can result in the release of chemicals called vasodilators that allow more blood flow into the injured site and hence help speeding up the healing process.

  • Acupuncture is also effective in regions of tightened muscles called the trigger points. Micro-needling on the tightened muscle causes mechanical disruption allowing the muscle fibers to relax and get back to shape.

  • Additionally, acupuncture on a regular basis with or without injury can help tone muscles, by stimulating blood flow and enhanced flow of oxygen and nutrients to all the active muscles and help strengthen the muscles.

Common sports injuries that Acupuncture can treat are as follows:

  • Muscle sprains or strain

  • Vertebral disc inflammation

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Neuralgia

  • Tendinitis

  • Arthritis

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Groin pull

  • Tennis elbow

At NY FOUR SEASONS ACUPUNCTURE & Wellness center Newyork, get treated with the best acupuncturists who are experts in acupuncture for pain management. Acupuncture can help you spring back with more energy and stamina into something that you always love to do. Book your appointment today.

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