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Acupuncture For Injury Rehabilitation
Here at Vitality Health and Wellness in Elm Grove, we can help reduce the pain and symptoms of many different types of sports and accidental injuries as well as speed the healing process to get you back on your feet and pain free faster.
Acute and chronic sports injuries, car accident injuries and workplace injuries can happen to anyone, including individuals who work at jobs that require a lot of head down postures, typing and standing, walking and heavy lifting. Common injuries include strains and sprains of the back and neck, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, runner’s knee, shoulder pain, ankle sprains and shin splints. These injuries often result in pain while participating in daily activities and a loss of range of motion due to tendon and ligament inflammation.
Initially, most of these injuries should be treated with heat, ice and rest, but after 48 hours, at-home treatments can become ineffective and pain can start to linger. This is when you should schedule an appointment for an evaluation and acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture contains very few side-effects and can be used with other holistic and traditional treatment options, including physical therapy, nutrition advice, supplements and laser therapy.
Acupuncture is very effective at reducing the pain and inflammation associated with sprains and strains, muscle soreness, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee pain and tendonitis, and the results are backed up by research studies conducted at John Hopkins. Recent studies have proven that individuals who receive 20 minutes of acupuncture each week experience a dramatic reduction in their overall pain, and that acupuncture is especially effective at treating repetitive motion injuries, ankle sprains, general muscle soreness and sprains and back pain.
Many athletes use acupuncture as a form of holistic preventative medicine to reduce muscle soreness after excessive exercising or physical exertion to reduce muscle pain and speed the recovery process. They also use acupuncture to treat sprains and sprains and respective motion injuries.
During the session, our acupuncturist will insert many needles into your skin. The long, slender needles will begin promoting healing almost immediately. This is because the soft tissues and muscles of the body grip into the needles, and when they are subtly manipulated, they help increase blood flow and oxygenation to injured areas and along the tissue plane where the needle is positioned. This helps facilitate healing and helps release endorphins, which reduces pain naturally.
Depending on the severity of your sports injury, you may need several acupuncture sessions a week for several weeks. Our acupuncturist will be able to give you an estimate of your specific treatment length after your initial evaluation and the first few sessions.
In addition to acupuncture, we may recommend other natural pain relieving and healing treatments, including laser therapy, weight loss if you are overweight, purifications and total body cleansing.
To schedule an appointment with our Elm Grove acupuncturist, call our office at 262-827-4000.