Sports Injuries 

If you're a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, do you sometimes push your body to the extreme? Do you hone your skills and technique in order to create a healthier, stronger, faster and more agile athlete?

In the sporting world, injury may occur as we push beyond our limits. We may overdo it, and over time create problems now, and in the future.

In today's hectic lifestyle, we often don't allow adequate time to heal completely. We use painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications to dull the aches, pains, and to reduce inflammation. It's a quick and easy approach, but only a temporary fix.

By covering up pain, stiffness, swelling, or aches, you may be masking a deeper problem. These are signals from your body, telling you that something is weakened, out of balance, or blocked, and meeds to be taken care of. These warning signals are telling you to stop, rest, and heal

In the short term, medication may enable you to return to your sport, and carry on with your life, but, in the long run, it may make your problem worse. Regular use of medication may add to further injury, and have unwarranted side-effects that could impact performance, endurance and vitality.

Acupuncture is a time-tested, safe, natural and drug-free health care system that can provide immediate relief and long lasting benefits. It can help you return to peak performance by restoring the proper and continuous flow of vital energy, called Qi (pronounced “Chee”).

Qi circulates within a series of pathways called Meridians. Meridians disperse Qi throughout your body providing nourishment for every tissue, muscle, and tendon. The circulating Qi supports, strengthens and enlivens you and your entire body, supplying you with the power to perform, good health, and pain-free living.

As an athlete, you may experience physical trauma, sprain, strain, overexertion, repetitive injury, and emotional stress. All of these things can disrupt and imbalance the flow of Qi.

Imagine a kink in a hose cutting off the valuable supply of water to a plant. The proper flow, and quantity of water is required in order for the plant to reach its full potential. Over time, if the plant does not receive adequate nourishment it will wither and waste away.

Likewise, if the flow of Qi is disrupted, blocked or out of balance, it will not freely circulate within your meridian pathways. When this occurs, your tissues, muscles, and tendons are not properly nourished. This affects their ability to properly function, and then your performance and health is compromised. This can lead to a variety of symptoms and signs including pain, swelling, stiffness, fatigue, and less than optimal performance.

An acupuncturist uses fine, sterile, acupuncture needles at specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of Qi. Opening up the blocked hose allow for Qi to nourish all areas of your body. This speeds recovery time, address's the root cause of the problem, enhances performance and can prevent future injury.

Acupuncture is part of a broad-based approach. Treatments may be combined with other therapies such as, herbs to naturally eliminate pain and reduce inflammation, exercise to increase muscle strength and joint mobility, and massage to enhance soft tissue healing.

Acupuncture can provide a competitive edge in order for you to performance and optimal health. This ancient and effective form of health care can help create a more agile you.

*Information from www.acupuncture.com