Interest in sports and fitness has never been higher, with increased participation in recreational and organised sports. A growing number of injuries are sustained as people push beyond their limits. Often adequate time is not given to completely heal. It is common to use painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs to dull the aches, pains and reduce inflammation.

However this is only a temporary fix. By covering up the pain, stiffness, swelling, or aches, you may be masking a more serious problem. These feelings are warning signals from your body, telling you that something is weakened and out of balance.

Acupuncture may provide relief and has long-lasting benefits. It can speed recovery time, address the root cause of the problem, enhance performance and prevent future injury.

More and more professional sports teams employ acupuncturists to help their athletes recover from their injuries quickly, prevent future injuries from occurring, and boost their performance.

Acupuncture is a healing therapy that has developed and evolved over thousands of years. Generations of martial arts masters used acupuncture to effectively and quickly treat injuries sustained during training or combat. Today, this traditional form of sports medicine has evolved into a comprehensive, holistic form of health care, which can not only relieve pain, decrease healing time, and resolve stubborn ailments, but also increase energy, stamina, and flexibility.

How can TCM help?
In the treatment of sports injuries, acupuncture works on two different levels. On one level, it works on the local area of injury by increasing blood circulation and attracting a healing response to where the needles are placed. The local increase in blood circulation has the effect of reducing healing time and aiding in the dispersal of swelling and bruising. In addition, an increase in the number of white blood cells and biochemicals in the area speed up the healing rate of soft tissue as well as reduce pain.

Acupuncture also works on the whole body to treat sports injuries as well as increase performance. It causes the body's nervous system to release a variety of chemicals, including endorphins, serotonin, and neurotransmitters, which aid in the healing process by reducing pain and promoting relaxation.

Additionally, the relaxation effects of acupuncture can reduce anxiety and help alleviate some of the mental barriers that athletes experience which might hinder performance.

Here are 7 benefits you may receive by alleviating sports injuries naturally: 
~ Quicker recuperation rates
~ Exercise becomes much easier
~ Better moods because of less pain
~ Increased flexibility
~ Better fitness
~ Endurance improves
~ Revitalised

"Acupuncture and moxibustion can effectively improve the proprioception of the injured lateral collateral ligament of the ankle joint in athletes, which is superior to conventional physiotherapy in the therapeutic effect."

- Effects of acupuncture-moxibustion intervention on proprioception in athletes with lateral collateral ligament injury of ankle joint, by WJ Tang, CG Jiang, LR Chen, Y Pang, J Li and Y Huang. Read more here.

"There is low to moderate quality evidence that acupuncture is effective for treatment of lower back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee. There is weak, emerging evidence that acupuncture is effective for symptoms associated with TBI."

- Acupuncture for the Treatment of Sports Injuries in an Austere Environment, by Adriane E. Bell MD and Audrey Falconi DO. Read more here.

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