Acupuncture and Sports Injuries – Houston, Texas

The term “sports injury” can refer to a number of medical concerns and conditions, typically related to musculoskeletal injuries resulting from strenuous physical activity. If you’re an athlete, you understand the importance of quickly and safely recovering from sports injuries. Acupuncture can be an ideal sports injury treatment method, especially when combined with other traditional Chinese medicines.

Sports Injuries Treatable by Acupuncture

Contact Us Now About Acupuncture for Sports-InjuriesThere are a wide variety of sports injuries that can benefit greatly from acupuncture treatments administered by trained acupuncturists. Some of the more common sports injuries associated with acupuncture treatments include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger finger
  • Shin splints
  • Ankle sprains
  • Trick knee
  • Lower back strain
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tennis elbow
  • Pitcher’s shoulder

How Acupuncture Treats Sports Injuries

In general, acupuncture can reduce physical and mental pain, increase flexibility and your natural range of motion, reduce the time required to heal and recover, and strengthen your related systems to enable your body to naturally recover from sports injuries without chemicals or dangerous steroids. Acupuncture for sports injuries can also achieve the following:

  • Improve blood circulation
  • Lower bodily pain
  • Reduce bruising
  • Relax muscles
  • Relieve spasms
  • Reduce swelling and inflammation

Acupuncture Treatment Process for Sports Injuries

The ways in which acupuncture treatments are applied for sports injuries depends on whether the injury is acute (occurred recently) or chronic (ongoing for several months). During your acupuncture consultation, your acupuncturist will determine your treatment plan. For acute sports injuries, it is recommended to receive acupuncture treatment immediately. Severe injuries call for four or more treatments, while less than a few treatments may be sufficient for mild injuries. Results are often immediate, especially when combined with RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) for acute inflammation or heat when applied to more chronic injuries. Acupuncture treatment for chronic sports injuries can be more complicated, involving eight or more treatments based on severity and the duration of the injury. Response may be immediate, or gradual over the course of several treatments.

The Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Sports Injuries

Several studies have proven that acupuncture can be very effective in treating sports injuries. A study conducted by Beijing University showed that runners who received acupuncture after a run recovered their normal heart rates faster than those who didn’t. Another study performed by the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine showed that a group of cyclists who received acupuncture regularly had higher performance than that of their peers, who did not receive treatment. Both of these results are likely due to the fact that acupuncture is proven to increase blood flow throughout the body.

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