Sports related injuries involve musculoskeletal conditions. Basically everyone who is involved with any type of sport can acquire these injuries.Some of the injuries that come under sports related injuries are: frozen shoulder, meniscal tears, medial and lateral epicondylitis, plantar fasciitis, acromioclavicular joint separation, anterior and posterior cruciate ligament tears and more. Some common conditions include: shin splits, tendonitis, trick knee, ankle sprain, law back strain, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, pitchers shoulder, hamstring strain, Achilles tendon rupture and trigger finger.
Acupuncture helps in treating sports related injuries faster than any other form of treatment. There are many professional sports teams who have an acupuncturist on their staff so that if players have any other issue, they can be treated immediately. Many years ago, specific techniques and treatment methods were invented particularly for sport related injuries so as to provide immediate relief and quick recovery. So, how does acupuncture care help with sport related injuries?
There are many ways acupuncturist care helps. That includes reducing the pain, strengthening muscles and joints, increasing range of motion, and speeding up the recovery process. When acupuncture treatment is performed on sports injuries, it helps by reducing swelling and bruising, increasing blood circulation, decreasing inflammation, relaxing muscles and spasms of the muscles etc. The main aim of acupuncture is not only to heal the current injury, but also to understand and treat the underlying cause of that injury. This way, the chances of acquiring that injury again are reduced and there is lower risk of further damaging the body part that was injured.
An acupuncturist works by first making a complete inspection of the injured body part and then deciding what course of action needs to be taken. They carefully select the acupoints and insert very thin needles into it. The needles are either left as they are or warmed or electrically charged to provide maximum effect. The duration and number of sessions required to treat any particular sports injury depend on the severity of the condition. Mostly 3-4 sessions are required to fully heal the injury.
Chiropractic care is very common for sports injuries, so much so that there is a whole separate branch of chiropractics that is termed as sports chiropractics. It deals with all the injuries that players or athletes acquire during various sports. Research shows that when chiropractic care is added to conventional sports management, there is a significant reduction in lower back pain, lower limb strain injuries, a decrease in hamstring and non-contact knee injuries etc.
Spinal adjustment and a variety of massages is how chiropractic treatment works. The patient is thoroughly examined and then the course of treatment is devised. This reduces scarring of tissues, increases range of motion and improves blood circulation. A chiropractor lays emphasis on not only relieving pain but also prevents future injuries by strengthening the body. Number of sessions as well as the duration of treatment depends on the severity of the injury.
Hence alternative methods like acupuncture and chiropractic care are more beneficial for sports related injuries.