July 27, 2018

Using Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture to Treat Injuries

Sports Injuries

In Western culture, it is a little-known fact that Chinese medicine is fantastic for sports and traumatic injuries. This medicine evolved alongside martial arts and warfare, but we can also use it for more everyday injuries like sprained ankles. Treatments were designed to be practical, and effective. Some of the techniques used are acupuncture, internal herbs like teas and tonics, external herbs that come in the form of liniments and ointments, moxibustion, cupping, dietary therapy, and bodywork like tui na and shiatsu massage.

When to Get Treatment

The best time to get treated is immediately after an injury occurs. It is easier to address an injury in this acute stage before fluid and blood stagnation occur and before other parts of the body become strained to compensate for the injury. Fluid build up, blood stagnation and compensation can then become long term patterns that can negatively affect your quality of living. This all being said, Chinese medicine still has a lot to offer for chronic injuries especially if patients are wanting to avoid surgeries, harsh pharmaceuticals, and other negative impacts on their quality of life.

Sports and traumatic injuries can include, but are not limited to:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Post-surgery recovery
  • Bone fractures
  • Car accidents
  • Concussions
  • Torn ligaments
  • Repetitive work injuries, i.e. carpal tunnel
  • Tennis elbow
  • Swimmer’s shoulder
  • Muscle spasms and cramps

We Can Help!

Whether your injury is older or more recent, Chinese medicine is here to help with the healing process. We’re happy to treat you for any injury or physical trauma. If you’re interested in booking an acupuncture appointment, an herbal medicine consult, or a bodywork appointment to help alleviate pain and undo the damage of a sports or traumatic injury you can start by booking an appointment online or giving us a call at 202-297-7404.

Happy Healing!

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