Like it or not, almost every athlete will suffer injuries over the course of their career. It is a natural byproduct of asking your body to perform to a higher level. Professional athletes with a whole team of musculoskeletal specialists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and more at their disposal at all times still suffer injury. Because injuries are a large part of the sport world, it is important to know how to respond when your body breaks down. Acupuncture is an effective therapy for both acute and chronic sports injuries.
Acute sports injuries most often include strained muscles and sprained joints. Essentially an acute injury is any injury that occurs suddenly during activity. Muscles are quite frequently strained when they are overstretched, causing a tear to the muscle or tendon. Chronic sports injuries occur when the body's natural resilience is compromised and weak points in the body break down in response to repetitive strain. In both cases, the body attempts to heal itself, with varying levels of success. The body's healing response often includes painful swelling and inflammation that in many cases adds to the healing time.
The importance of this cannot be stated enough. No matter the shape you are in, our bodies are incredibly resilient for preventing injury in the first place and incredibly adept at healing them once they happen. Unfortunately, the stresses that we put on our bodies often accumulate to become too much- and in this way they can use an extra layer of defense. Acupuncture is the natural force that facilitates the proper movement of energy through your body, allowing the body to heal and recover the way it should.
We are specialists in using acupuncture for athletic injuries. Our acupuncture treatment is firmly rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine and focuses on balancing the athlete's energy pathways to provide optimal functioning at all points of the athletic process. If you are interested in using acupuncture for optimizing your athletic life, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.