Sports injuries can occur for a variety of reasons, and they usually fall into two general categories: The first type is an acute injury due to trauma or impact, like a sprain, strain, contusion or a fall, while the second involves overuse or chronic injury over a period of time, usually as a result of repetitive movement or activity, such as running, overhand throwing, or serving a ball in a game of tennis or golf.
While conventional approach to injuries involves R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) method to control swelling, combined with the use of anti-inflammatory agents, recent research by Academy of Sports Medicine suggests that in addition to over-treating the patient with excessive use of anti-inflammatory agents, the strategy of intermittent icing combined with wound compression may actually impede the body’s' natural response to heal.
Acupuncture has a very successful proven record with sports injuries. Many professional sports teams have acupuncturists on staff to address such problems as strains, sprains, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle pain, swollen muscles and shin splints. Acupuncture is also a great treatment for chronic musculoskeletal issues like tendonitis, bursitis and arthritis. In recent years, acupuncture has become more popular in Western countries and is now recognized by the National Institute of Health as an acceptable form of treatment for pain.
The use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy to the treatment of swelling, inflammation and pain associated with acute and chronic injuries whether due to traumatic impact or repetitive physical activity began centuries ago as one of the primary means of quick healing for the martial arts, and continues to be a very effective and natural approach to treatment of injuries to this day. Its ability to help facilitate tissue injury repair, promote wound healing, improve function, and dramatically reduce recovery effectively and safely, makes it natural treatment strategy for acute and chronic injuries, accidents and traumas.
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