Acupuncture for Injuries

May 18, 2017

Have you ever woken up with a stiff, sore neck? Or twisted your knee playing netball? Or had a tumble off your bike? Or done all of the above? Do you just generally have a few ongoing aches and pains? I hear ya. Having an active lifestyle can mean having an injury now and again which is definitely a downer. But that’s no reason to stop! You just need to have a few tools up your sleeve to help when injury rears its ugly head.

 

Did you know that Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have a long history of helping injuries (both chronic and acute)? In fact, the World Health Organisation  have stated that Acupuncture has been proven effective in the treatment of many musculoskeletal injuries. These include:

  • Wry neck (Torticollis)

  • Headaches

  • Tennis / Golfers Elbow (Medial & Lateral Epicondylitis)

  • Carpel Tunnel

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Disc Herniations/Subluxations

  • Lower Back Pain

  • Spondylitis

  • Sciatica,

  • Dental Pain

  • TMJ Disorders

  • Sprains & Strains

  • Disorders of the knee, shoulder and ankle

What does that mean?

 

Basically, Acupuncture is able to treat pain and injuries all over the body!

 

 

Injuries come under two categories 

ACUTE INJURIES – injuries that have just occurred and are under 3 months old.

CHRONIC INJURIES - injuries and ongoing ‘niggles’ that are over 3 months old and don’t seem to be resolving.

 

 

So what does a treatment for an injury look like?

When you first hurt yourself and your injury is in the acute phase, your Acupuncturist will try to decrease any pain and swelling and restore the range of motion (ROM) to the area as soon as possible. Treatment methods may include:

  • Cupping

  • Massage and stretches

  • Gua Sha (scraping)

  • Liniments (herbal liquids to be applied to the area topically)

  • Acupuncture

 

 

These treatments will help to help decrease your pain and get you back on your feet ASAP. They may also suggest some herbal patches, liniments or herbs to be used at home in between treatments. During this stage it’s a good idea to have 2-3 treatments within 10 days to make sure that you’re on the right track towards getting betting.

 

 

If you’re injury is more severe and it doesn’t get better within 3-4 months, it is technically a ‘chronic’ issue. During the chronic phase a practitioner will generally want to make sure that any on-going pain is clearing up and that you’re regaining full use of the injured area. During this phase your Acupuncturist will use the same methods as in the acute phase, but tailored slightly differently. This is the time to really hit any injuries ‘on the head’ to make sure they go away and stay gone!

 

 

 

What does this mean for you?

If you’ve had a little accident and hurt yourself, or if you’ve got any ongoing niggles, aches or pains, perhaps give Acupuncture a go? Your practitioner will also be able to set you up with some herbal patches or liniments to make sure that you’re pain-free in no time at all!

 

 

 

If you would like any more information, have any questions or would like to make a booking please feel free to get in touch via phone (0408 402 512 / 1300 067 836), via email (info@rebeccamarks.com.au) or book online 

 

PLEASE NOTE: In saying all of this, its super important to listen to your body. What does it want? What is it telling you? Is it saying that you need something in particular? It’s really important to gather information to make the choices that are right for you and your body. This information isn’t personal medical advice – rather it’s a guideline on ways that could help you to live a healthier, happier lifestyle. It is always wise to consult with a qualified health practitioner before starting any new herbs, supplements or dietary and lifestyle programs.

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