How does it work?
Acupuncture may help relieve symptoms of sports injuries, such as pain and inflammation by:
Stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord
Delivering analgesia via alpha-adrenoceptor mechanisms
Increasing the release of adenosine, which has antinociceptive properties
Modulating the limbic-paralimbic-neocortical network
Reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors
Improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation which aids dispersal of swelling.
Can be used alongside traditional methods
Tradionally GP's will prescribe:
Anti inflammatory drugs Immobilisation
Help of an NHS physio.
However not all cases will be successfuly treated with these methods and this is where acupuncture as an alternative can be very effective.Acupuncture can be used alongside any of these traditional methods.
Unfortunatley no matter what sport you participate in , sporting injuries are very common (If not inevitable).
For many depending on the area and severity these injuries can take months, if not years to fully heal.
Injuries vary from minor toe injuries to major complex trauma. Usually, only soft tissue is damaged, but there can also be fracturing of bone. Soft tissue injuries include sprains, strains and bruising.
Injuries can be caused by trauma as a result of a sudden impact or awkward movement, or can develop over time often due to continual use of the same joints or muscle groups. Contributing factors can be not warming up, using inadequate equipment or training too hard for current level of fitness.