Acupuncture Can Aid Sports Injuries

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Acupuncture can help aid sports injuries in several ways, from conventional treatment to acupuncture specialization – athletes’ health is top priority. Sports injuries can cause significant setbacks for athletes, and often require extended recovery periods, as well as impacting their overall performance. Acupuncture can be used to try and encourage the body back to a normal state. 

Acupuncture is one of the complementary and alternative medicine treatments used for various types of pain – including sports related injuries. Acupuncture is a Chinese medicine practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points or acupoints. Injury, inflammation, or illness can disrupt the flow of energy, but acupuncture is believed to help restore harmony and facilitate healing in the body. Acupuncture is a non-medicated therapy known to induce pain control, especially in the musculoskeletal system.

From a Western medicine assessment, it’s believed that the needles used in acupuncture stimulate the body’s muscles, connective tissue, and central nervous system, which can help with recovery from sports injuries. Sports medicine specialized acupuncturists treat sports injuries using the same foundations of traditional acupuncture, but also incorporate other important testing such as functional anatomy, muscle testing, and range of motion testing. Acupuncture is used to treat all kinds of sports injuries, things such as: joint problems, muscle sprains and strains, tight muscles and trigger points, lower back pain, cervical and lumbar herniations, and many other injuries. Sports injuries not only affect the body of the athlete but can also impact their mental well-being. It’s also important to note that acupuncture should be used as a complementary therapy and not as a substitute for conventional medical treatment. The main things acupuncture can help treat when it comes to sports injuries include:

·        Reducing Pain
·        Decreasing Inflammation
·        Correcting Muscle Imbalances
·        Plus, more! 

So how many treatments is someone going to need for a sports injury? The number of treatments needed varies from person to person. For more complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended, but for more acute problems, usually fewer visits are required. A good rule of thumb is to expect one session a week for six weeks, but it’s essential to talk with your acupuncturist to find out for sure. 

Dr. April L. Harris at Galen Acupuncture and Osteopathic Medicine is a graduate of The Helms Medical Institute where she received her training in medical acupuncture.  She is board-certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment with Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine, and she has extensive clinical experience in treating patients in primary care, hospital, and critical care settings.  Additionally, she is trained in Neuro-Acupuncture and Constitutional Facial Acupuncture. Talk with April today to see if she can be aid with your sports injury. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris, please contact her at (785) 393-1108 or visit her website.

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