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Sports Injuries and Acupuncture: How Acupuncture Reduces Recovery Time and Improves Performance

Injuries are an unfortunate but very common part of sports. Anybody that participates in sports or high-output physical activity will likely experience some type of sports injury at some point. While some sports injuries are participation-ending, many are treatable and will heal with the proper approach. 

Common western treatments, like medications, include many dangerous side effects. A better alternative to treating sports injuries is acupuncture. Read on to learn more about how acupuncture reduces recovery time and improves performance. 

Sports Injury Treatment Options

For severe injuries, athletes may receive narcotic pain medications. Narcotics are not readily available and they can have limiting side effects like constipation and sedation, not to mention addiction. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are also associated with gastrointestinal side effects. Acupuncture provides a viable alternative to medications with much fewer side effects. 

Acupuncture for Sports Injuries 

Acupuncture is a longstanding practice that dates back thousands of years. It is based on the principle of channels and pathways in the body. A trained practitioner inserts a small single-use needle into the skin’s surface at a certain depth. When the needles hit the acupoints, they trigger your body’s natural healing and pain-relief mechanisms. 

Acupuncture is known for some key benefits including pain relief, inflammation reduction, and trigger point release. All three of those qualities are key for treating sports injuries. An acupuncture needle can be placed at the site of injury and in surrounding areas to stimulate pain-relieving chemicals in the brain. When the needle is inserted, it also sets off a natural anti-inflammatory response that enhances healing. Acupuncture can also help loosen tight muscles with trigger points (or muscle knots). Needling directly to the muscle knot will disrupt the contracted muscles and facilitate relaxation. 

Acupuncture can help both acute and chronic sports injuries. It is able to accelerate the return to play for many athletes by promoting the body’s natural healing mechanisms and relieving the pain that typically inhibits many athletes. There are very few side effects reported with acupuncture, making it a safer alternative to heavy medications. 

Schedule Your Acupuncture Appointment 

For the best acupuncture sports treatment in Long Island, choose the experts at Integrative Family Acupuncture & Massage Therapy in Smithtown. Dr. Anthony Gordon has experience with both acupuncture and sports medicine. We offer a variety of customized treatment options that can help you recover from your sports injuries with therapies that are proven to be safe and effective. To learn more about our sports acupuncture or to schedule your appointment in Suffolk County, contact IFW today HERE.