Sports injuries are some of the most common reasons that many people seek acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture has been proven to help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with localized trauma and injury, and can also facilitate healing. There are three key issues that an Certified Sports Medicine Acupuncturist considers, not only to help the body to heal from an existing injury, but also to prevent future strain and injury. These include: accurately assessing the posture and the alignment of legs, hips, back, shoulders and head; testing and treating muscles that are imbalanced (excessively weak or tight); and prescribing corrective exercises to achieve muscular balance and good body mechanics.
Posture and Body Alignment
Our daily activities (or lack of them) can create muscle imbalances that can actually pull our bones out of proper alignment. This can most commonly be seen with those of us who sit at a computer all day. This posture, over time, can cause the shoulders and head to fall forward, resulting in common conditions such as chronic tension headaches, neck pain, and pain that radiates down the arms and upper back. In our practice, we are also starting to see significant postural problems in younger kids, who are carrying heavy backpacks.
Muscles are meant to move our bodies fluidly and to hold our bodies in proper position. When muscles become overly tight or weakened, the bones in our joints lose proper alignment, predisposing them to injury. Acupuncture can be used to reset the muscles so that they are balanced to facilitate smooth movement and prevent wear and tear on the joints.
Corrective exercises serve to “hold” the acupuncture treatment, while they re-align body structures that have been out of alignment. They also serve to relieve the feeling of tightness and pain, and prevent future injury.
Whether you are an athlete or “Weekend Warrior”, acupuncture with a focus on sports related issues can significantly speed healing of a current injury, prevent a future one, and enhance athletic performance.
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