Sports Injuries

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Sports Injuries

As an athlete, it’s crushing to be sidelined by sports injuries or unable to perform at your highest potential. Intense training puts a body through constant stress. The muscular micro tears — critical for building muscle mass when given time to rest and recover — often don’t heal properly under many intense training regimens. This can lead to fatigue, injury, and chronic pain. Over time, the micro damage can build up, affecting not only performance and body function, but also the longevity of your athletic career and overall quality of life.

Acupuncture is an effective, personalised, non-pharmaceutical and non-surgical method of therapeutic treatment. As a holistic alternative or compliment to Western Medicine, it works to restore the body’s natural state of balance by accessing your own ability to heal. Many professional sports teams have acupuncturists on staff to fast track healing times and resolve stubborn ailments, but the use of acupuncture to treat acute injuries from intense or repetitive physical activity began centuries ago. It was, and still is, one of the primary means of quick healing for the martial arts and the tradition is now being recognised for its benefits in a growing number of professional sports.We undertake comprehensive musculoskeletal assessment to pin point problem areas. Your treatment is customised to assist you to reach peak performance or expedite your recovery and get you back to your competitive edge.

Eastern medicine views pain as an obstructive syndrome where there is an interruption of vital energy, blood or fluids to the afflicted area. During an acupuncture treatment, the needles are placed along certain acupoints that help the body redirect this energy to the afflicted area. Physiologically speaking, the manipulation of these acupoints causes a two-fold reaction that heals the pain. First, the treatment causes the body to release certain neurohormones, such as endorphins and encephalins, which inhibit pain impulses. Secondly, acupuncture also acts as a nerve block steering the nerve impulses away from the painful nerve group. Studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have shown a reduction of nerve activity related to pain while the area is being treated through acupuncture.

Along with prescribing a treatment of acupuncture, the Practitioner may also recommend additional combinations of treatments such as exercises, dry needling, trigger point, motor point, moxibustion or electric stimulation.

Foot Injuries
Foot injuries, Plantar Fasciitis, Heel pain, Bunions, plantar fascia strain, Metatarsalgia, , Achilles tendon bursitis, etc

Lower Leg, Calf Pain and Ankle Pain
Ankle sprain, Broken ankle, High ankle sprain, Shin splints, Calf strain, Achilles tendon rupture, Achilles tendinopathy, Cramp

Knee Injuries
Knee Pain, Patella pain syndrome, ACL injury, Posterior cruciate ligament injury, Medial cartilage meniscus injury, Medial ligament injury, Osteoarthritis, Housemaids knee, Articular cartilage injury, Quadriceps tendon inflammation, Bakers cyst, Knee surgery

Thigh Injuries
Hamstring strain, Tight hamstrings, Hamstring origin tendinopathy, Quadriceps strain, Quadriceps contusion, Myositis ossificans, Rectus femoris rupture, Stress fracture of the femur

Hip & Groin Injuries
Groin strain, Gilmores groin Inflammation of the groin muscles, Hernias, Osteitis pubis, Hip bursitis, Labral tear, Snapping hip

Buttock Injuries
Piriformis syndrome, Sciatica, Sacroiliac joint pain, Myofascial pain & trigger points, Ischiogluteal bursitis

Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain, Lumbago, Scoliosis, Sciatica, Facet joint pain, Muscle strains, Slipped disc

Upper back & Neck pain
Neck pain, Whiplash, Cervical posture syndromes, Scheuermann’s disease

Head Injuries
Facial injuries, Concussion, Headaches

Chest & Abdominal injuries
Abdominal strain, Hernia, Fracture of the ribs, Breast pain, Sternoclavicular joint sprain, Referred pain from the thoracic spine, Costochondritis / Tietze’s Syndrome, Stress fracture of the ribs

Shoulder Injuries
Shoulder pain, Rotator cuff injury, Dislocated shoulder, Impingement syndrome, Clavicle fracture, AC joint injury, Frozen shoulder, Inflammation of biceps long head, Winged scapula

Elbow Injuries
Tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow, Triceps tendon rupture, Hyperextension injury, Students elbow

Wrist & Hand Injuries
Wrist bursitis, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Repetitive strain injuries, Fractured scaphoid, Metacarpal fracture, Sprained thumb, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

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