Sports injuries are most typically caused by trauma (from a fall or blow) or overuse/misuse of particular muscle tissues along with the neighboring structures, which includes ligaments and tendons. The acupuncturist usually sees sports injuries such as pulled muscles, strains, sprains, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis and numerous manifestations of inflammation and pain that can hold the injured athlete out with the game.
Acupuncture is utilized correctly to lessen the discomfort and inflammation of sports injuries. It has also been shown to improve array of motion and accelerate healing time. Acupuncture is usually employed at any stage of an injury: to prevent, to treat acute discomfort, swelling and spasms, and to address conditions that make athletes vulnerable to re-injury. Studies have shown that acupuncture increases blood circulation to particular regions of the physique, which not simply promotes healing of sports injuries but could also enhance athletic efficiency.
A study performed in the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in which athletes received acupuncture after operating three miles revealed quicker heart price recovery than those in the handle group.
The American Journal of Acupuncture published a study that examined the effects of acupuncture on anaerobic threshold and perform capacity throughout exercising. Researchers found that people that received acupuncture not only had decrease heart prices, but had greater maximal workout capacity and had been able to handle higher workloads at the onset of blood lactate accumulation (OBLA) than these within the placebo group.
The January 2008 challenge in the Clinical Journal of EverYoung Medical Aesthetics Centre Vancouver the effects of acupuncture on cyclists. Participants have been divided into three groups that either received acupuncture, sham acupuncture or no acupuncture prior to periods of high-intensity cycling. The study revealed that the group who received acupuncture that adhered to the principles of Regular Chinese Medicine had a larger performance scores and rode faster than their counterparts.
The nicer Spring weather here in Philadelphia lends itself to more outdoor activities. If preexisting or new injuries are hindering your training or recreational goals, acupuncture and Chinese medicine should be considered a viable option for a speedy recovery.
Sharon Sherman is a Licensed Practitioner of Oriental Medicine (L.OM.), specializing in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Oriental Medicine. Sharon is the founder of Empirical Point, LLC. a private practice with offices in the Mt. Airy and Center City neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Sharon graduated with honors and holds a Masters of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York, NY. Sharon is Board certified as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.