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Acupuncture For Sports Injuries

Downtown Vancouver Sports Acupuncture Treatment

acupuncture for runners vancouver jessica zerr acupuncturist downtown Jessica Zerr BKin, RAc, C.SMA (Registered Acupuncturist) Acupuncture for sports injuries Acupuncture For Tennis Elbow Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) is a common sports injury. It’s caused by overuse of our wrist extensors, otherwise known as the muscles that bend back our wrists. Tennis Elbow is usually described as pain on the outer side of the elbow. The pain is worse when the area is pressed on, if the wrist is bent back with resistance and daily tasks such as opening a door may be painful. vancouver-tennis-elbow-acupuncture-treatmentReceiving proper treatment, such as acupuncture for tennis elbow can help speed the recovery and decrease the chance of recurrence. Western medicine usually offers suggestions such as ice packs, anti-inflammatories and forearm bands for relief. While there may be some immediate pain relief with these remedies the results are usually not long term. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for tennis elbow because the muscles and tendons that are affected by overuse can be targeted directly. Acupuncture can help decrease the inflammation, relax tight muscles and promote healing.

 

Electra Health Floor970 Burrard Street, Vancouver Open 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm
 
Acupuncture Treatment For Sports Injuries Vancouver 604-685-4325 (HEAL)
 
YWCA535 Hornby Street, Vancouver Open 7 days a week Monday to Friday from 6 am to 10 pm Saturday & Sundays from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
 

Downtown Vancouver Sports Acupuncture Treatment


Acupuncture For Achilles Tendonitis vancouver-acupuncture-for-achilles-tendonitisThe Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and it can withstand a great amount of force, however it is subject to tendonitis due to overuse. It can become inflamed from excess running and jumping usually due to an increase in training intensity. An increase in training may also lead to tight calf muscles, which can contribute to achilles tendonitis. Improper footwear might also contribute to the problem. The pain is usually worse first thing in the morning. Patients complain about having to get out of bed slowly to stretch their calves and feet. Western medicine once again provides us with all the usual treatments such as rest, ice, stretches, exercises, cortisone injections, orthotics and finally surgery. Acupuncture did not make the list for treatment according to western medicine, but it is an effective treatment for achilles tendonitis and a much better alternative to surgery. The acupuncture treatment is very simple and effective at decreasing the inflammation in the achilles tendon and surrounding tissue. Acupuncture For Low Back Pain Low back pain has many different causes, therefore it is important to have a proper assessment completed to determine the exact nature of the pain. Not all back pain can be treated with acupuncture, but if it’s a muscles that’s involved then acupuncture will likely be very helpful in treating the pain. Muscle tightness can cause deep dull aches. Massage is usually quite effective at treating muscle tightness, however in some cases the trigger points can be very stubborn. Acupuncture is able to specifically target these triggers points that are causing the pain and effectively release them. Acupuncture For Ankle Sprains The most common way people handle an ankle sprain is to ice it, keep it elevated, limp for a few day’s and walk it off as they begin to weight bear again. If it seems really severe, they may get it x-rayed just to make sure it’s not broken, but that’s usually the extent of the treatment. People do not taken ankle sprains as seriously as they should and athletes in particular should take special care in treating this injury. Without proper rehabilitation the torn ligaments will begin to develop scar tissue. The ankle will have decreased proprioception (ability to sense its relative position in space), which increases the likelihood of re-injury, meaning more time on the sideline. Therefore it’s important to treat a sprained ankle early and properly. Acupuncture will help to decrease the swelling and bruising of the initial injury. Once the relief phase has past the recovery phase starts. In this phase it’s important to work on decreasing the formation of scar tissue. Scar tissue is just a meshwork of collagen trying to pull together to provide stability. The only problem is just that, scar tissue doesn’t care about the organization of the fibers it just wants to reconnect. This is what leads to poor proprioception and ankle weakness down the road. When the ankle must respond to a movement, the ligament fibers are interconnected in so many different directions that the ankle is now weaker and the response becomes delayed. This makes it really easy for ankle sprains to occur again and again. It is also important to incorporate rehabilitation exercises long after the initial injury has occurred to continue to improve proprioception and prevent future ankle sprains.


Electra Health Floor – 970 Burrard Street, Vancouver Open 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm
 
Acupuncture Treatment For Sports Injuries Vancouver 604-685-4325 (HEAL)
 
YWCA – 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver Open 7 days a week Monday to Friday from 6 am to 10 pm Saturday & Sundays from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
 

Downtown Vancouver Sports Acupuncturist – Sports Injury Treatment


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