Sports Injuries and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Are you tired of living in constant pain?

Are you missing out on your favorite sporting activities because of an injury?

It can be very frustrating living in constant pain or being sidelined from your favorite sport due to an injury. Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture is a method of healing and pain relief that has been used for over two thousand years.

Acupuncture has been medically proven to stimulate the release of serotonins and endorphins to aid pain relief and promote healing. Acupuncture increases local circulation to the injury site to speed healing and decrease swelling and bruising. Acupuncture is able to relax muscles and relieve spasms to relief pain and increase range of motion.

Acupuncture is able to provide relief from

  • back pain/sciatica
  • tennis elbow
  • neck pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • knee pain
  • shin splints
  • IT band pain
  • plantar fascitis
  • achilles tendonitis

The National Institute of Health found that acupuncture reduces the pain and functional impairment of osteoarthritis of the knee in a study that was published in the Dec.21 2004 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Over the course of the study the acupuncture group had 40% less pain and a 40% improvement in function.

"Thank you so much for your help, even after four
sessions I am feeling relief from my chronic back pain."

Researchers from the Walter Reed Medical Center have confirmed that acupuncture is an effective treatment for plantar fascitis, one of the most common causes of heel pain.

Course of Treatment

Acute Pain- 2 visits a week for 2 weeks. Pain relief may often be felt after the first one or two treatments.

Chronic Pain- 2 visits a week for 2-3 weeks then tapering down to once a week for 10 treatments. Pain reduction is often felt after 2-4 visits but treatment time for chronic pain varies between individuals.

Herbal medicine is often used in treatment to help speed healing, decrease inflammation, and promote blood circulation. Complimentary therapies are often suggested to be used in conjunction with acupuncture to speed healing time such as chiropractic, massage therapy, physiotherapy and fitness training.

"I have an autoimmune illness called polymyasitis, it causes weakness in muscles. A year ago I hurt my knee and it became quite stiff, my medical doctor recommended that I get acupuncture, she had already given me various medicines to help my knee and nothing helped. As I had no experience with acupuncture I didn’t take my doctors advice until someone else mentioned acupuncture to me. By this time it was almost Christmas and in January I was going to England. I was getting so worried about having to walk through the airports etc. that I had booked a wheelchair. However, great news, I booked a visit with Michelle Hughes in mid December 2005 and had three acupuncture sessions before I left for England. After the very first acupuncture session I noticed improvement after three sessions the stiffness and pain were gone, it was like a miracle. Going to England was great, no stiffness, no pain and I could climb chairs without any pain. I have since continued my acupuncture and am finding it has helped me all over and my muscles are getting stronger. My whole life feels much improved as a result of Michelle helping me with acupuncture."

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