SPORTS INJURY REHABILITATION
A growing number of injuries have accompanied the increasing of interest in sports and fitness nowadays. Sports Injury usually related to acute or chronic musculoskeletal disorders due to trauma or overuse syndromes involving the musculoskeletal system and its soft tissues. The areas mostly affected are muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments.
What’s the conventional way to treat sports injury?
Conventional treatment for sports and musclo-skeletal injuries has been via the use of electrical medical machines, such as ultrasound or Interferential and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), which is supplemented with manual therapies such as massage, manipulation, exercise and muscle stretch rehabilitation techniques.
Why is acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine effective in treating sports injury?
Acupuncture has a very successful record with sports injuries. Acupuncture can be used to help decrease swelling, spasms and inflammation, reduces pain, increases range of motion, increases recovery and healing time, and strengthens weakened parts of the body. Many professional sports teams have acupuncturists on staff to decrease healing times and resolve stubborn ailments. Because of its broad range of applications, acupuncture can be used during any of the phases of injury.
In the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, exercise may deplete energy generally, including the Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang, leading to weakening of the defensive qi. This allows the body to become more vulnerable to external pathogenic factors, which in turn can lead to dysfunction of the zang-fu organs. In addition, overuse due to repetitive movements in certain sports – eg, tennis – may cause weakness to local area muscles, tendons and ligaments, causing Qi and Blood deficiency and/or stagnation.
What to expect from acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment?
The focus of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for sports injury is not only to treat the injury but also to identify the overall health of the athlete (Balance of Qi and Blood flow). By addressing the athlete’s healing potential, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can strengthen the patient, and as a result, decreases injury rehabilitation time and treat any underlying conditions that may predispose an individual to injuries. This is especially important when treating chronic or recurrent injuries that interfere with life activities or athletic performance. Getting the athlete back to their desired activity, enhancing performance and preventing re-injury through treatment and education is the goal.
What conditions can we treat in our clinic?
At Acuwang Wellness, acupuncture is often combined with other intervention techniques, such as Tuina massage therapy, herbal medicine, infrared therapy, etc. Commonly Treated Sports Injuries including:
Lower Back Strain
I had never expected to use my right arm to lift anything again. All the doctors I had seen, including my family doctor, massage therapist, and chiropractor all failed in treating my painful elbow. My friend recommended me to try acupuncture, since she had a very happy experience with it. Amazingly, it worked just like magic. After 3 treatments in Dr. Wang’s office with acupuncture, herbal medicine and the special “Tuina”, my elbow has already improved 90%. I can do the yard work again! I would recommend acupuncture to anyone seeking effective way for pain relief and tennis elbow like me.