Acupuncture may not be the first thought you have after sustaining an injury, but maybe it should be.
Acupuncture has been used to treat all types of injuries from its very earliest days. The famed fighting monks of China have used acupuncture and its herbal medicine to quickly heal from injuries sustained while training or fighting to defend their temples. Many of the most accomplished marshal artists have been both healers and warriors. Whether you’re a die-hard marathoner, devoted yogi, gym rat or weekend warrior, acupuncture can enhance your performance by fortifying your overall health. AcuTake does a great job going over the major benefits of acupuncture sports medicine in their article Why All Athletes Should Use Acupuncture.
Some of the most common injuries acupuncture can help with include sprains, strains, muscle tightness and tension.
Sprain: A sprain can be more serious than a strain and can be very painful. A sprain is a tear or damage to one or more ligaments in a joint. Sprains often cause point specific pain and an inability to use that limb. Sprains can be minor requiring just a few treatments and days to heal, to major requiring surgery and consistent treatment during recovery.
Strain: A strain is an acute soft tissue injury to a muscle of tendon. It is a tear of the muscle fibers and usually known as a pulled muscle. Strains can range in severity but often result in pain, stiffness, and swelling of the affected muscle with a reduced range of motion.
Muscle Spasm: A muscle spasm is the contraction of a muscle. We do this voluntarily most of the time. When a muscle spasms involuntarily it can get stuck in the contracted phase. If this involuntary contraction lasts too long it can cause the muscle fibers to begin to bind together reducing oxygen flow to the muscle tissue. Acupuncture can reset the muscles nervous system and allow fresh blood flow to start healing the muscle.
Inflammation: Inflammation is the bodies attempt to protect itself from harmful stimuli and injury. This is a natural part of the healing process. Inflammation becomes an issue when it becomes chronic and localized. Localized inflammation at joints is typically called Arthritis. Inflammation can have many causes. Acupuncture can treat inflammation no matter what the cause, as long as the root cause is addressed