Acupuncture for Sports Injuries


Acupuncture has a long history of use in martial arts for quick healing, and it has now increasingly used in all competitive athletics. Acupuncture is gaining  in popularity among professional, college, and high school athletes for treating sports injuries. These injuries can be acute traumatic incidents or chronic overuse issues.

This is not surprising as there are studies demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating various sports injuries, including strains, sprains, and pain in different body parts.

Let’s explore exactly how acupuncture helps athletes treat injuries and also enhance their performance.

How can acupuncture benefit athletes?

Acupuncture offers several benefits for athletes, aiding in their performance and recovery.

Helps accelerate healing

Acupuncture can accelerate healing from sprains, strains, and muscle soreness by reducing inflammation. Athletes often experience weakness, dull aching pain, and sensory symptoms

like tingling or numbness, which acupuncture can address effectively.

Helps provide pain relief

It is also known that acupuncture provides immediate pain relief, comparable to or even better than medication, lasting from hours to days.

Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system, leading to the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals, neurotransmitters, and electromagnetic impulses. By targeting specific energy points known as meridians, acupuncture helps in healing without causing discomfort or harm.

Helps prevents injuries

As a preventative measure, acupuncture helps avoid injuries by reactivating weak muscles and reducing tension. However, athletes should still incorporate stretching before and after exercise for optimal results.

As acupuncture helps in quick recovery many professional sports teams have acupuncturists on staff. With its growing recognition, acupuncture is becoming an important form of pain treatment in Western countries, acknowledged by the National Institute of Health.

Excellent result . Great improvement in knee pain after a few sessions. Dr.Clarke

I would unreservedly recommend Li. She displays a thoughtful approach to her treatment and communicates throughout to put her patients at ease. Most importantly – at least to me – is the tangible results of the treatment. I am an avid runner and was having recurring pain along my IT band, that has been relieved and allowed me to enjoy my exercise again. A huge thanks to the professional care provided by Li.        David

Would highly recommend. Went to Li with lower back pain as a result of the gym . Li took a detailed history and then explained each step of the process. I felt instant !!! Release in my lower back and it has not troubled me  since . Would highly recommend for any sports injuries.    Philip

How can acupuncture enhance performance?

Aside from pain management, acupuncture can also help enhance the performance of athletes.

Promotes flexibility

Acupuncture also promotes flexibility, decreases muscle tension, and enhances muscle

activation through motor point stimulation.

Boosting Endurance and Stamina

Acupuncture has been linked to improvements in cardiovascular function, potentially leading to enhanced endurance and stamina. By influencing the autonomic nervous system, acupuncture can help regulate heart rate, increase oxygen delivery to muscles, and improve overall cardiovascular efficiency. These physiological adaptations can be particularly beneficial for endurance athletes looking to push their limits and extend their peak performance durations.

Balancing Hormones for Peak Performance

Hormonal balance is critical for athletes, influencing factors such as muscle growth, recovery, and overall performance. Acupuncture has been shown to have a modulating effect on hormone levels, including cortisol and testosterone. By promoting hormonal equilibrium, acupuncture can contribute to muscle development, tissue repair, and the overall optimization of the body’s physiological processes for athletic excellence.

Stress Reduction and Mental Clarity

The mental aspect of sports performance is as crucial as the physical. Acupuncture has been shown to have a positive impact on stress reduction and mental well-being. By targeting specific points associated with relaxation and mental clarity, acupuncture can help athletes manage pre-game nerves, improve focus, and enhance decision-making on the field. A calm and focused mind is a key ingredient for success in high-pressure situations.

Optimizing Energy Flow

At the core of acupuncture lies the concept of Qi, the body’s vital energy. Acupuncture aims to balance the flow of Qi through meridian points, ensuring a harmonious distribution of energy throughout the body. For athletes, this means improved energy efficiency and optimized performance. By addressing imbalances, acupuncture helps ensure that energy is directed to the muscles and systems crucial for athletic endeavors.

I visited Li with lower back pain and can not believe the difference acupuncture has made. I didn’t realise how much my back had been effecting me until the pain was eased. After only two sessions I feel fantastic… Miraculous. Thank you so much.        Mimi

Having tried many conventional methods for pain relief from persistent sciatic nerve issues, I turned to Li Duggan two months ago for help… I have just completed a programme of acupuncture for pain relief of same….and now find myself completely pain free. Both Li and Xi are totally professional and highly competent in ALL areas of pain relief. Thank you BOTH for great treatment, service and overall experience. VERY highly recommended.       Ciaran

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