ACUPUNCTURE FOR
sports injuries

Whether you are a professional athlete, a keen runner, or a weekend golfer there is nothing more irritating than when you cannot compete or do the sport you love.  And you want to find a treatment that will get you back up and running (excuse the pun) as quickly as possibly?

You may have already seen the circular marks on swimmers backs?  Or the athletes with photos of needles in their legs?  It is because Chinese medicine, and acupuncture, is also borrowed by osteopaths, physiotherapists and sports masseurs because it WORKS and gets their patients training again.

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I have trained for three years as an acupuncturist and I specialise using acupuncture for sports injuries.  To be the best I can be with treating musculoskeletal conditions I have done further continued professional development to improve the treatment.

Conditions which I have seen in the clinic are:

  • Hamstring tears

  • Golfers elbow

  • Carpal tunnel

  • Plantar fascilitis

  • Lower back pain

  • Supraspinatus problems

When using acupuncture for sports injuries I will use a variety of modalities to help your condition.  This can include (and further information can be found on each of my blog posts by clicking on the links):

Acupuncture for sports injuries: the evidence

Don't just take the word (or picture) of The Rock or David Beckham or Michael Phelps, that acupuncture helps them compete and train.  Here are is some evidence that acupuncture works:

In a systematic review in 2020, they reviewed twenty-two studies of sports injuries ranging from:

  • sub-acute left elbow tendinopathy

  • exercise-induced fatigue

  • anterior/ anterolateral shoulder pain

  • amenorrhea

In each of those twenty-two studies they found that acupuncture (and sometimes alongside other treatment modalities) was successful in improving or alleviating symptoms.  For further details of the injuries please see the visuals below.

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How acupuncture for sports injuries works

The mechanisms as to why acupuncture can help with pain has been well researched for the past 60 years.

If you ever want to talk to me about whether acupuncture is right for your sports injury then you can get in touch here, or book an appointment below.