Acupuncture For Muscle Strain and Sprain

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It is good to know how acupuncture can help with Muscle Strain and Muscle Sprain.

Although sprains or strains can occur in both the upper and lower parts of the body, they usually occur in the ankle area. More than 10,000 people sprain an ankle each day in Canada. Sprains and strains are followed by limited motion, muscle spasms, and possibly muscle weakness.

Many muscle related injuries usually put the patient out of commission from anywhere for a few days to several weeks. Other symptoms may include localized swelling, inflammation, cramping, or usually some loss of muscle function.

Acupuncture For Sports Injuries

Many people in Canada play sports to stay in shape and it’s fun to play and socialize with family and friends. Whether you play all the time or just on weekends, you can get a muscle strain or sprain at any time, especially if you are tired, or you wear improper foot gear.

Acupuncture can be an extremely valuable tool for you if you suffer from aches, strains, sprains, and pain of any kind due to exercising or sporting events. Acupuncture treatments for sprains and strains happen every day in Canada, and  can help relieve pain from an acute injury or cumulative sports injury. After a few acupuncture sessions people usually return to their normal activities often within a week or two.

Sprains & Strain Explained

A muscle sprain is a stretch and possibly a tear of a ligament. A ligament is the band of fibrous tissue that connects bones at the joint. It is possible that one or more ligaments can be injured at the same time. The severity of the injury will depend on the extent of injury. A muscle tear can be partial or complete and have a number of ligaments involved.

A muscle strain is an injury to either  a muscle or a tendon. A tendon is a fibrous cord of tissue that connect muscle to bone.  A strain may be a simple overstretch of the muscle or tendon, depending on the severity of the injury, or it can also result from a partial or complete tear of the muscle.

What Is The Cause of a Muscle Sprain?

acupuncture to help with muscle sprains and strainsA muscle sprain is usually the result of a fall, a twist, or a sudden blow to the body that can force a joint out of position. Whats worse is that it stretches and possibly tears the ligament that supports the joint. Sprains can normally occur during sporting events or running when participants fall and land on an arm or outstretched hand.

Other common way to get a muscle sprain are when baseball players slide into a base or land on the side of the foot, or even twist a knee when sliding into second base.


What Is The Cause of a Muscle Strain?

A muscle strain occurs when someone twists or pulls a muscle or tendon. Strains can be of the acute or chronic variety. An acute muscle strain is associated with some sort of recent trauma or injury to the affected area. I can also occur right after improperly lifting heavy weights or by over-stressing muscles. Chronic muscle strains are quite often the result of overuse of muscles, prolonged and/or repetitive movement of the muscles and tendons.

Ways To Prevent Sprains and Strains

  •     Avoid playing sports or exercising when tired.
  •     Keep a healthy diet to keep your muscles strong.
  •     Keep a healthy weight.
  •     Safety measures will prevent falls
  •     Always wear shoes that fit properly.
  •     Replace worn out athletic shoes as soon as they wear out.
  •     Always stretch before exercising or running.
  •     Being physically fit when playing sports.
  •     Always wear protective equipment during sporting events.
  •     Always run on even surfaces.

Common Injuries Acupuncture Can Treat

  • Shoulder rotator cuff strains and tears
  • Wrist strains and sprains
  • Ankle strains and sprains
  • Knee ligament injuries from a lot of sudden starting and stopping
  • Disc inflammation in the back or neck
  • Strains and tears of any tendon or muscle (groin, hamstring, Achilles tendon)
  • Tennis elbow (often called golfer’s elbow)
  • Shoulder tendinitis or arthritis of any kind
  • Knee arthritis (very common)

Acupuncture Can Help With Healing

Red Deer AcupunctureChinese medicine says that the body is an energetic collection of functions ( a Life Energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”), and when this flowing of energy is unimpeded, you are in good health. Qi is the basis for the proper functioning of all body processes

When someone gets an injury, this flow of energy becomes disrupted around the affected area, which as a result causes strain and pain. Acupuncture helps to relieve muscle strain and sprains by working to directly free the flow of Qi through these affected areas of stagnation and help the patient have a speedy recovery. This is where your local acupuncturist will sit down with you and provide a free acupuncture consultation, whether you are in Red Deer or and other area of Central Alberta.

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