Acupuncture Awareness Week 7-13 March 2016

SPORTING INJURIES by Tim Wright at Gower Acupuncture (Swansea)

Olympic medalist Rebecca Adlington uses acupuncture to manage the pain sustained from years of swimming at the highest level. Rebecca is fronting this year’s Acupuncture Awareness Week, which focuses on sports injuries. This is great for me as its something I’m particularly interested in.

So this month I thought I’d share the five most common injuries I treat in my clinic:

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Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar muscles on the underside of the foot. The pain is often so intense that I see patients within days of the condition starting. This is great for me as the sooner I see the injury the quicker it can be resolved.

I love treating plantar fasciitis for the simple reason that it responds very well to acupuncture treatment. With runners often the pain originates further up the leg from the calves and soleus muscles.

Back Pain
NICE, the body who tell the NHS how to spend their money, recommend a course of acupuncture for lower back pain. Poor posture, loading & twisting the back and the repetitive shock from running can all take their toll on your back. As a recent father I can also testify that repetitively picking up two little boys can also test the healthiest of backs. The great news is simple exercises and acupuncture can alleviate even the most stubborn and long-standing back pain.

Tennis Elbow
You don’t have to play tennis to get this. Repetitive extension of the wrist stresses the extensor muscles of the forearm resulting in pain in the elbow. Golfer’s elbow is a similar condition resulting from repeated flexing of the wrist and results in pain on the opposite side of the elbow. Both conditions can be treated with acupuncture but tend to take longer to treat due to poor blood supply to the tendons.

Knee Pain
The poor old knee joint gets a lot of abuse from sports men and women. Happily though knee pain responds well to acupuncture. Although the knee joint is a hinge joint and thus has minimal movement, it is at a disadvantage in that it is always under load from body weight. Rest in the acute phase of injury is therefore very difficult.

Shoulder Pain
The shoulder joints greatest gift is also its curse. The free floating joint allows a wonderful array of movement, but its this free movement that can beset it with a host of injuries. Acupuncture works by reducing pain and inflammation and accelerating the repair process.

To Conclude
As we get older it is important to tend to injuries to remain active. More active people can better fend off a host of nasty age related diseases and have a lower mortality rate than the least active.

I’ll be having an OPEN DAY at The Lazy Frog, Uplands on Wednesday March 9th between

12pm and 4pm.

Please drop in for a chat to see how acupuncture may be able to help you.


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