Medical Acupuncture can Help with Sports Injuries

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Medical acupuncture is a form of acupuncture that is practiced by licensed healthcare professionals who have also received training in acupuncture. These practitioners typically include medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, and other licensed healthcare providers such as chiropractors and physical therapists. April Harris utilizes medical acupuncture to also help athletes. Sports injuries can result in a significant setback for athletes, often requiring extended recovery times and having an impact on their overall performance. 

Medical acupuncture is often integrated with conventional medical treatments. Practitioners use acupuncture to complement other therapies and provide a holistic approach to patient care. Acupuncture is a practice that involves inserting small, thin needles through the skin and often into the superficial layers of the muscle to relieve pain such as menstrual cramps, migraines, and arthritis – sometimes even pulled or tightened muscles. It is believed that the needles used stimulate the body’s muscles, connective tissue, and central nervous system, which can help with recovery from illnesses and pain. Traditional Chinese medicine suggests that the balance of energy flowing through these meridians is necessary to maintain health and wellbeing. Things like injury, inflammation, or illness can disrupt the flow, but medical acupuncture is believed to help restore harmony and facilitate healing in the body. 

For thousands of years Chinese medicine and acupuncture have been used to treat pain based on the body’s natural healing abilities and the principles built on that. These principles are essentially stating that if you identify an unevenness, you must do the opposite to promote healing and better health. In the instance of an early-stage muscle injury or other sports injury, where there is swelling, inflammation, heat, and bruising; doing the opposite would mean cooling the area and promoting blood movement to promote the body’s healing response.  Each case will have varying levels of each symptom and my treatments are individualized to address the unique situation. The amount of acupuncture treatments needed varies from person to person. The more complex conditions may only require a couple treatments, but for the less complex problems fewer visits are required. 

Whatever you may have going on, consulting with Dr. April Harris can never be a bad call. Dr. Harris is board certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment with Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine. She has extensive clinical experience in the management of patients within primary care and hospital settings. She has completed training in the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support through the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Galen Acupuncture and Osteopathic Medicine serves the surrounding area of Lawrence, KS and would love to help you with any medical acupuncture needs you may have! Contact her today at (785) 393-1108.

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