Acupuncture for Sports Injuries
In recent years, many athletes who compete at many different levels have turned to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine as an effective, natural solution for many types of sports injuries. In fact, many athletes at the professional level as well as Olympic athletes turn to acupuncture regularly as a way to not only treat an existing injury, but also as a natural solution to keep their bodies healthy and strong.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is used throughout the world to help:
- Treat Acute Sprains and Strains
- Reduce Swelling
- Improve range of motion
- Reduce healing time
- Reduce stiffness and tension
- Enhance performance
- Increase resistance to injury
As a form of natural medicine that addresses any underlying imbalances in an athlete, acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine, moxibustion, cupping, and dietary therapy provide a comprehensive framework that an athlete can use to enhance their performance, improve muscle recovery time, and increase muscle and tendon elasticity. Through working with any imbalances that may be effecting an athletes performance and ability to heal, most athletes will see improved performance and resistance to injury.
When an injury does occur, acupuncture and other therapies can be used to shorten recovery time, reduce pain and swelling, reduce stiffness and tension, and improve range of motion. Acupuncture provides a more natural alternative to pain medication and cortico-steroid injections which may help in the short-term, but do nothing to enhance performance and prevent further injury. These typical forms of pain relief may also have unintended, long-term side-effects.
So whether you are one of the many Charlotte weekend athletes just trying to improve your game, a professional athlete pursuing the heights of excellence in sports, or somewhere in between, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you to achieve your competitive goals.