The most common sports injuries reported include sprains, strains, tears and overuse to muscles, tendons and joints, including:
Knee injuries such as ACL tears, IT band injuries and tendonitis mostly affect runners and can cause them to no longer be able to participate in running activities, and even makes moving in general difficult.
Losing your footing, landing wrong, rolling your ankle, these can all cause an ankle sprain. Pain, swelling and bruising can all accompany a sprain or strain of the ankle. A cold compress and elevation or the leg and foot can help to reduce swelling in the area.
This painful condition is caused by a strain in the tendon that runs along the arch of the foot. The tendon becomes tight and painful to walk on and many people experience this pain for months.
Shin splints are very common and are characterized by sharp pain on the front part on the leg. They are usually caused by irritated muscles that could be weak from changing walking surface, shoe support, or overuse. Take some time to relax your calves and give them a good stretch.
Elbow pain caused by the overuse of the forearm or hand is considered tennis elbow. Many construction workers will experience this if they use a jackhammer, and massage therapists are subject to this pain too.
Sports Injury Prevention is the Best Bet
Always start any exercise or repetitive motion with stretching and warm up. Cold muscles and tendons are more likely to suffer injury than pliable ones. A light warm up increases blood flow to the area with can help prevent strains. Best Acupuncture Care also increases blood flow to treated areas which can support the athlete before and/or after the event.
And because many strains and sprains are caused from overuse, build your body up before tackling longer and/or more strenuous muscle use. Take breaks and stretch when building endurance. For example, the first ski run of the season doesn’t need to be at Olympic level. Ease into something you haven’t done in a while. A marathoner doesn’t go from the couch to the street in a week, but rather builds up their endurance and strength with multiple races and likely daily training. In the weeks before an bigger activity, work the relevant muscles to get them ready and warmed up.
Finally, know when your body has had enough and is at the point of fatigue. Don’t push your body past what you think it can bear. And consider aftercare and a regular care regimen that includes treatments that help your body feel better, including acupuncture care.
One runner’s experience with sports injury and acupuncture testimonial:
“I decided to give it a go and was pleasantly surprised by the experience; a flicker of pain as the needles made contact, a dull pressure as the acupuncturist tapped the needles in position and then the sensations fading to a feeling of relaxation. A year later, I suffered a major injury to my right thigh, which showed no signs of improvement after nearly six months of medical and massage treatments. I turned to acupuncture and after only two-and-a-half months, was back to the point of running one of my fastest half marathons. My thigh injury has never recurred, and acupuncture has become a regular part of my training regimen.” SOURCE: Runner’s World Acupuncture: Reversing the Stressful Effects of Running
John Cianca, MD who specializes in sports injury rehab at Baylor College of Medicine uses acupuncture to effectively treat ankle sprains, tendinitis, tennis elbow and muscle soreness. And because Best Acupuncture Care focuses on pain relief, athletes will experience less pain and soreness after treatment, in addition to increased blood flow, than those who don’t.
To add acupuncture care to your athletic conditioning, contact Best Acupuncture Care. Join other athletes who have found the benefit of learning about sports injury and acupuncture treatment to help prevent and heal them.
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