Whatever type of training you’re doing, an injury can really impact on your training schedule. We all know that when you’ve sustained an injury you need to rest it as much as possible, but did you know that acupuncture can actually help you to recover?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine, where we insert fine needles into the skin at certain points. We call these acupoints, and the belief is that by stimulating these points we can promote the body’s natural healing process. Many acupuncture techniques were developed around the needs of martial artists in China to help cope with injuries. In ancient China acupuncture played an important role in keeping warriors in peak fighting condition.
Although it might sound a bit strange that putting needles into your skin can help with pain and injuries, many top athletes have become firm fans of acupuncture as a way of keeping them fit as well as resolving issues. Here are a few things acupuncture can help with:
- Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow causes pain around the outside of the elbow, usually when we lift or bend the arm, or even with gripping small objects such as a pen or twisting to open a jar. Some people suffering with tennis elbow also find it difficult to extend their arm fully. Tennis elbow is a form of tendinitis and can be very painful and frustrating. Acupuncture can often help to relieve symptoms as part of a wider recovery plan.
- Shin Splints
Shin splints is a general term used to describe pain felt along the shin bone, which gets worse when we exercise, particularly when running. Novice runners may experience shin splints if they begin their training too vigorously, and many people who are new to running give up before they’ve really got going because of shin pain. Acupuncture for shin splints is most effective when symptoms first appear, but can be helpful at any stage.
- Shoulder Strain
Shoulder strain is a very common injury which I see quite often. The pain may be caused by a tear in the rotator cuff or tendinosis, acupuncture can be a beneficial treatment in relieving pain and promoting recovery. The shoulder joint is a fairly hard joint to treat because it is difficult to immobilise in order to prevent further pain or injury. Acupuncture can be helpful because of the ability to help with pain relief.
- Knee Conditions
Knee injuries and general knee pain are very common sports-related injuries. Whether you are lifting weights in the gym or playing sports, most people experience knee pain at some point. A lot of this can be caused by incorrect posture and form, and so physio can also be beneficial in recovery also. Acupuncture again works well because of its ability to relieve pain.
- Ankle Conditions
Ankles are another problem area, because no matter what we’re doing, we use our ankles. In fact, swimming is probably the only sport that doesn’t risk ankle injury. Sprains and strains are often treated with rest and ice, but acupuncture can also help to promote recovery and to relieve pain.
I am trained in acupuncture for sports injuries, and will work with you to decide the best course of action. If you are suffering with a sports related injury feel free to give me a call to discuss how acupuncture or other treatments may help.