By Dr. Nadia Noori
There is nothing like making the most of sunshine by meeting friends to plan a day of sports activities. Why not exercise some powerful forehands and even more impressive backhands or run around and strive for a smooth nutmeg on the soccer field? Some degree of strain or even slight injury isn’t all that uncommon when it comes to the activities we love.
I would argue, the anticipation and desire to get back on the court or field trumps the actual pain resulting from the injury. Acupuncture, an ancient form of healing works wonders on sports related strain or injury. Rather than being used to target specific conditions or diseases, acupuncture stimulates the body’s self-healing ability. This occurs through the activation of specific channels, better known as “meridians.” Acupuncture is able to enhance the flow of both blood and “qi” to aid in recovery of sports-related injuries. Depending on the nature of the injury or underlying conditions, a provider may choose a variety of points around the body to achieve the desired effect.
The common complaints following sports injuries are pain, which later result in a decrease in function. This is not what any athlete wants to hear, nor experience. Every case is unique, but one thing is for certain. Where there is injury, there is inflammation. How that injury is supported towards healing determines how well the function is preserved. Many times the reduced function is a result of scar tissue and adhesions that have developed. Acupuncture has been proven to be as effective if not more effective than common anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen and diclofenac. This form of alternative medicine can be used to break up scar tissue allowing the body to further dissolve these restrictions and promote proper blood flow to these affected areas.
Acupuncture is an impactful and effective treatment notwithstanding the type of injury one may have. You may find yourself receiving treatment for a knee injury or your aching elbow, but you will notice a shift within the entire body – perhaps a boost in energy, a restful night of sleep, or a lift in mood. It is no wonder that acupuncture had been used in China for the treatment of disease for over 2,500 years and still remains – it works!