One of the breakthroughs in acupuncture gaining medical acceptance is its frequent use by professional athletes. This, of course, brings us to the subject of acupuncture and sports injuries.
Acupuncture and Sports Injuries
The field of Sports Medicine is a growth area. It spreads over all sectors of society from the high paid professional athletes to high school students. It is also of concern to people who suffer injuries in recreational sports and even to some work related injuries that resemble sports injuries. Some common ailments like tennis elbow are the result of overuse and this overuse can be caused by screwing nuts onto circuit boards just as easily as throwing curveballs.
Acupuncture and Sports Injuries are an ideal match. Sports injuries often tend to be strains, sprains, and other conditions that are actually non-traumatic. Pain is one of the most common complaints in sports injuries followed by reduced function. The whole approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture to the treatment of pain and reduced function is to see it as a disorder in the bodys natural state. The treatment is geared toward rectifying the disorder and restoring internal harmony. The side effect of this approach is that more is realized than just restoring full function and reducing pain. Performance is often enhanced as well.
This is not really much of a secret anymore either. Although acupuncture has been used to treat sports injuries in China for centuries, it has now found its way to the West. In Great Britain, several professional football teams employ full time acupuncturists on their medical staffs. It should be noted that many of these are what is called formula acupuncturist. This term is applied to a practitioner who has separated acupuncture from its Classical Chinese Medicine roots. They are doing the treatments by following a formula that they have been able to see work.
We live in a world where the bottom line is important, and this is certainly true in the world of sports. It is not surprising that this area would attract formula acupuncturists. What they are missing is the complete package approach of the practitioner trained in the principles of Chinese Medicine. They would be more likely to be able to use a treatment program that included more than just the acupuncture, but included diet, herbal, and exercise supplements as well. The idea is that it is more than taking away the pain that produces superior results and enhanced performance.
Sports is competitive by its very nature, and this has led to a search to find any edge that will improve the results of a team or the performance of an athlete. This search has led to performance enhancing drugs that have done more ultimate harm than good. This has led to an embarrassment to Sports as a whole. Acupuncture for sports injuries and performance enhancement does not have the harmful side effects. It is a natural and it is safe.