Athletic Injury Recovery

Acupuncture can reduce pain and swelling!

Acupuncture can reduce pain and swelling in an acute sprain in a matter of minutes, reducing healing time dramatically. Even for grade 2 and 3 sprains, where there is real ligament damage acupuncture is quite effective. … A combination of acupuncture, massage, and liniment can make the biggest difference for this injury.

Traumatic injury if left untreated, or improperly treated, injury can become chronic, recurrent, or even debilitating.

The approach to treating sports injuries with Chinese Medicine differs from that of Western medicine in a few ways. You have probably heard of the acronym R.I.C.E. from your doctor: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Rest is obvious, and taking time to heal is essential. Elevating the injured area is helpful as well. Chinese medicine takes a different perspective on the ice and compression elements of this old adage, however. Ice is rarely used in Chinese medicine. In Chinese Medicine, it is rarely used after the first 24 hours of an acute injury as it contracts blood vessels, stagnates and congeals blood and fluids which, in turn, slows healing and can lead to long term residual pain and eventually arthritis in the affected area.

Compression usually in the form of an elastic bandage wrapped snugly around an acute injury also stagnates blood and fluids, usually pushing them out to the outside edges of the bandage. Here again, promoting the flow of blood and fluids by avoiding compression, helps the body heal faster.

Whatever the injury, heal safely without drugs and reduce the need for surgery with Chinese Medicine, an inexpensive, holistic, benign therapy that works well independently or in conjunction with Western medicine. Be sure to find a practitioner that is a licensed acupuncturist or diplomate of Oriental medicine with a four-year degree.

What Types of Injuries Will Acupuncture Help?

  • Tendonitis of the Achilles, Rotator Cuff, Elbow and Wrist
  • Sprains
  • Speeding Healing Time in Ligament and Tendon Rupture
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Listen to your body

Chinese medicine is based on common sense. Running or cycling through the pain may seem like a good idea, and sometimes, after the bulk of the healing has taken place, it is. Sometimes it truly slows healing. Ask your acupuncturist. She can also prescribe strengthening exercises and movements

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