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Jan 13th, 2021 Acupuncture, Sports Acupuncture Healthworks Regina

Acupuncture can greatly help with sports injuries. Here’s how.

Plagued by pain when playing sports? Acupuncture can help you restart your sports career.

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There is an excellent record of sports injuries with acupuncture therapy. To decrease healing times and overcome stubborn injuries, many professional sports teams have acupuncturists on board. The use of acupuncture to treat acute injuries from extreme or prolonged physical exercise started centuries ago. It was, and still is, one of the necessary means of rapid healing for the martial arts. To stop the pain and significantly increase recovery time, unique acupuncture styles and techniques were developed. Today, this tradition continues, and its use has grown into competitive athletics. In sports, injuries followed by decreased function, pain is one of the most common complaints. The entire approach to the treatment of pain and impaired process in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture is to see it as a disease in the body’s stock condition. The therapy is directed towards fixing the situation and maintaining internal peace.

The latest research indicates that acupuncture treats sports injuries such as strains, sprains, neck, back, elbow, forearm, hip, pain in the knee and foot, swollen muscles, and shin splints effectively. Acupuncture can also enhance results and give athletes a competitive advantage, in addition to treating the injury. 

The most extensive acupuncture clinical study ever performed was published in the Annuals of Internal Medicine in December 2004 and found that acupuncture substantially decreased and enhanced function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Acupuncture has become more common in Western countries in recent years and is now recognized as an appropriate treatment method for pain by the National Institute of Health.

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What to Expect in an Acupuncture Session?

Sterile, disposable, hair-thin needles puncture the skin during an acupuncture session, inserted into specific areas of the body known as acupuncture points. Each point runs along an energetic path, or a meridian, and has a particular role in the body to affect physiological change. 

There are over 2,000 acupuncture points linked to the human body by meridians. Thousands of years ago, the Chinese discovered and mapped out these points on the body. The issues of acupuncture have electrical properties that influence the body’s chemical neurotransmitters. The existence of these points and their locations are confirmed by recent electromagnetic research.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Vital energy called qi (“chi”) runs a circuit via energetic pathways (meridians) through the human body. Sometimes, stress, low diet, trauma, injury, or emotional distress interrupt qi’s flow, which causes an imbalance that contributes to symptoms such as pain. Pain is the standard way of the body to warn you that a threat to your balance has occurred. To establish equilibrium and stimulate the body’s inherent healing power, acupuncture restores the flow of qi. Western science recognizes acupuncture’s ability, such as the neurological, endocrine, respiratory, and digestive systems, to affect many of the body’s systems.

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Acupuncture is a treatment method that is useful, personalized, – anti-pharmaceutical, and non-surgical. As a holistic substitute or complement to Western medicine, obtaining your ability to heal tries to improve the body’s natural state of balance. 

Pain Relief: The body produces endorphins, a natural painkiller when the implanted needles activate the acupuncture sites. The endorphins offer quick, often long-lasting relief, and after one procedure, patients typically feel the effects. Working at the pain source helps reduce inflammation, increase movement range, and boost the immune system. The pain can be masked by taking drugs, exasperating the condition, and creating permanent harm. Without adverse side effects, acupuncture is a medically safe alternative to pain relief.

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