At South Jersey Sports Acupuncture, injury prevention is our top priority.
To avoid injuries, the body needs to be stable, balanced, and coordinated. Muscles need to be able to work through their full range of motion.
Muscle imbalances like tightness and weakness are what predispose us to sports injuries. The body can only compensate for so many imbalances before it breaks down. Although some high-level athletes are great compensators and can perform at high levels with imbalances, it will catch up to them eventually.
Balance and Proprioception
Stand on one leg with your eyes open, and then do it again with your eyes closed. Why is it more difficult with your eyes closed? Your balance requires internal communication between the brain and your muscles and joints.
The brain constantly monitors the position and movement of the body and all of its parts through receptors in the muscles and joints called proprioceptors. Proprioceptors help with balance and coordination. Muscles that are tight, weak, or injured create and send abnormal signals to the brain. These abnormal signals will have an effect on balance and proprioception.
When balance and proprioception are "off," the brain has fewer resources to devote to performing athletically. A person feels unstable and is more worried about balance and coordination than actually performing the task at hand. An unbalanced body will also fail to be flexible because it is unstable.
How Does Acupuncture Help?
Using neurofunctional acupuncture, we assess your body and find out what's working and what’s not. We will normalize signals between the body and the brain. We will also release any tightness that’s holding you back. By creating balance through electro-acupuncture and manual myofascial techniques, maximum performance can be gained. When the body is functioning in a balanced and coordinated way, the chances of getting injured are greatly reduced.
At South Jersey Sports Acupuncture, we focus on sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. We have a great deal of experience with athletic injuries, and we have many tools and therapies at our disposal including sports acupuncture to put athletes back in the game! Make your appointment with us today.