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Acupuncture for Athletes

Acupuncture for Athletes and Sports Injuries

When the game gets tough, get acupuncture!

A great way to stay fit and in shape is by participating in any sport activities whether it be dancing, running, golf, cycling, football or basketball etc. During sports the slightest wrong movement or hard blows can result in injury, pain, loss of motion and down time.Acupuncture can be an excellent tool for you whether it be an acute injury or chronic over- use syndromes. Acupuncture shortens recovery time, help to prevent future injuries and enhance sport performance as well as improve endurance.

Used by ancient Chinese martial arts fighters as a means of quick recovery acupuncture was the primary treatment used to keep them in peak performance for their fights. Even today the same holds true. Many athletes including a few well known ones such as, Charles Barkley, Maria Sharapova, Carl Lewis, Martina Hingis and Tony Richardson (Full back for the Jets) all utilize this ancient technique to keep them active, healthy and balanced. Many professional sports teams have Acupuncturist on staff to treat injuries and keep their players in peak performing condition.

When traumatic injuries occur such as dislocation, fractures, ruptured tendons or ligament it is of utmost importance that it is first checked out by your medical doctor and treated as appropriate. During rest and recuperation time, an Acupuncturist may be one of the most important people to have to augment your recovery and speed up recovery time.

Common Traumatic injuries that Acupuncture can treat are:

  • Shoulder Rotator cuff tears and strains
  • Wrist strains and sprains
  • Ankle sprains and strains

Common over-use injuries that acupuncture can treat are:

  • Shoulder tendonitis, Bursitis, arthritis, and impingement syndrome
  • Tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow, elbow bursitis
  • Wrist tendonitis
  • Hip bursitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Illiotibial band syndrome
  • Knee arthritis

Acupuncture is most effective when used according to well established principles and guidelines of traditional Chinese medicine thus making it an important and valuable integration for healing / preventing injuries, and to enhance performance.