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How does acupuncture support athletes?

How does acupuncture support athletes?

Sports injury

If you are person who loves sport and you exercise regularly, the worst thing that could possibly happen is to sustain a serious injury during training.  If training, playing and competing in sport is a big part of your life, it can be very frustrating if suddenly training needs to cease due to an injury. For some athletes they could even feel a loss of self-identity. Playing through injuries could easily acerbate the situation and cause a high amount of mental stress for the athletes. Injuries are often accompanied by anger, and tension.

Prevention and treatment of sports injuries can commonly involve a team of experts like physiotherapists, sport psychologists, strength and conditioning coaches, nutritionists and dietitians.  Acupuncturist could also play are part in assisting recovery for sports injuries.

How can we help with sport injuries?

Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and cupping treatment may speed up your recovery. It can be excellent therapy in conjunction with physiotherapy, stretching or massage.  We use natural and drug free methods to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanism*.

We can help with either acute or chronic injuries by*:

* Relieving muscle and joint pain
* Reducing swelling and inflammation
* Increasing joint range of motion
* Reducing muscle spasm and tightness
* Hasten recovery speed by improving vascular and neuro supply
* Reducing stress and anxiety

How does it actually work?  It is not something ancient and mystic!

Applying acupuncture directly to the site of the injury is favourable to recovery.  However, Chinese medicine doctors believe that the reawakening of the natural self-healing response is equally important as well.  Based on a holistic approach, Traditional Chinese Medicine always pays great attention to the root cause of the problem. It is especially significant for chronic sports injuries.

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes a healthy body is full of vital energy and able to recover itself from injuries.

When treating chronic injuries, we would put much emphasis on restoring the blood and neuro sensitivity in the injured area. The main goal of acupuncture is to stimulate the acupuncture node in our body which sends a systemic signal to our brain, muscles, organs and other body tissue via the nervous system.

As a result of this, our brain will send out signals and release chemicals which re-establish blood and neuro supply to the injured area. When there is blood supply to the injured area, the supply of nutrients and oxygen will increase.  When there is healthy amount of blood supply, tissue will recovery and heal.  This is what acupuncture is about, it is not a mysterious travel of energy in the body.

Other benefits of acupuncture for anyone who exercises:

Besides treating acute and chronic injuries, acupuncture can relax our muscles, reduce muscle fatigue and loosen up muscles that are stiff as a result of training*. For sports that involve kicking with the same leg or use a repetitive unilateral side movement like boxing, it is very common to develop muscle imbalance.  Acupuncture may relieve the tight imbalanced muscles in conjunction with stretching and strengthening.  Thereby improve performance, reduce stress on the joint and reduce chance of injury*.

How many treatments do I need?

The amount of treatments needed depends on the individual’s condition.  In general, patient’s problems will be resolved or they will feel significant improvement within 4 to 6 treatments.  In unusual circumstances, we would advise further investigation if symptoms persist.

Want to book an appointment? Call us on 1300 21 44 25 to help support your body naturally.

Wayne Chung is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and acupuncturist. He is passionate about helping people return their body to it’s rightful equilibrium. Wayne has a special interest in helping people recover from the symptoms of post viral fatigue. For more information or to book a 10 minute free phone briefing about how Wayne may be able to help you, call us on 1300 21 44 25.

*Disclaimer: Please know that the results are a typical and may vary from person to person

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