Acupuncture for Rehabilitation from Sports Injury

Improper training and lack of appropriate safety equipment or footwear can lead to sports injuries during organized competitions, training sessions, or fitness activities. Most sports injuries are injuries of  joints, strained ligaments, and pulled muscles.

Acupuncture has been treating physical injuries for centuries. It can treat acute trauma like bruising, swelling, muscle, ligament, or joint injuries, as well as chronic conditions like lower back pain, shoulder, knee and ankle pain, often caused by sprains and strains.

In the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) stepped into the spotlight. Professional athletes employed acupuncturists to keep in top shape and maintain peak performance. Treatments ranged from acupuncture to cupping or Chinese herbology. Nowadays, acupuncture is one of the primary alternative treatment and rehabilitation modalities in sports medicine.

TCM Approach

TCM sees injury pain and reduced functions as a disorder and imbalance of Qi (energy), blood, and tissues. The treatment rectifies the disorder and restores internal harmony, returning the body to its natural and normal state.

After a 15-20 min session of acupuncture, patients with physical injuries experience the following benefits:

  • Pain relief
  • Reduced swelling

  • Increased mobility

Best results of acupuncture and herbs are achieved when treatments are frequent and consistent.

Some Common Chinese Herbal Remedies for Sports Injuries

Dieda Wan

This pill is made with a combination of warming herbs. It invigorates blood, dispels blood stasis, disperses swelling, and relieves pain from a sports injury.

Red Flower Analgesic Oil

This is an aromatic and spicy massage oil. It penetrates and activates circulation, producing a soothing, warm sensation to ease the pain. It can relieve aches and pains from old injuries and stiffness, expel wind-dampness from channels and muscles, move Qi, relax the muscles, disperse phlegm, and open the orifices. It is warming, analgesic, and pain relieving.

Lorraine Yamm, Neck Pain

“I came into the office unable to turn my neck or shoulder to the left without feeling shooting pain down my right side. I was so afraid I had pinched a nerve and would be immobile for months. Within 45 minutes, the pain was gone and I could move my neck and shoulder again. The acupuncture treatment was so effective! Dr. Liu located an acupuncture spot in my right hand that was connecting to my neck, shoulders and back. It was like magic! He massaged the point on my right hand, and the remainder of the pain was released. Thank you Dr. Liu.”

Raisha Liriano, Back Pain

“I was suffering from the worst back pain ever! I couldn’t stand for long, I couldn’t sit for long. Even lying down was painful. I decided to try Acupuncture. I have to admit I was skeptical. How could this tiny needle make the pain go away? But IT WORKS! After the first treatment, I felt no pain.  With only three treatments I am PAIN-FREE.”

Michael De Leon, Shoulder Pain

“I came to Dr. Liu with left shoulder pain and numbness on my left index finger. Through his knowledge of Chinese medicine and acupuncture he took the time to explain to me where my injury was located. Within the completion of my first session of acupuncture, I felt results immediately. The pain was less and the numbness to my index finger had resolved and I have finally had a good night’s rest. I look forward to completing the rest of my acupuncture sessions as recommended. I would highly recommend Dr. Liu to anyone. He is a true professional and kind and gentle soul.”

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