Athletics

Acupuncture for Sports Injuries

The major obstacles to healing for most athletes or dancers are patience and a willingness to allow the area(s) involved to rest and recover. The sooner you begin treatment the sooner you will be back to doing what you love.

With a strong emphasis on palpation I locate painful muscle restrictions and release them using trigger point or motor point release acupuncture. The reason this style is so effective for treating injuries is two-fold; by relieving the stress or tension on the affected area(s) it allows the body to relax into a more neutral position and not create a “ripple” effect of pain or dysfunction in other structures. Secondly, acupuncture increases blood flow and lymphatic drainage to the area(s) helping to relieve the pain from swelling & pressure which can cause long term damage. This calms the nervous system so restful sleep can occur speeding the healing process up immeasurably. This is an enormous benefit to the athlete who does not want to be laid up for long.

The immediate effects can feel like lingering post-workout soreness that fades over a 48 hour period. The benefits of this style are very long lasting. It is particularly effective for the treatment of sciatica, tennis elbow, Achilles tendon and rotator cuff injuries, among many other things. Call for a consultation to see if acupuncture could help resolve acute or chronic sports or dance injuries. Even if you’ve had it a while, acupuncture can still be a very effective way to resolve it.

As trigger point and motor point release are decidedly Western based approaches, I combine them with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) acupuncture to round out whole-body wellness. This combination lends itself quite naturally to treating structural imbalances that constrict motion and limit activity.