Sports Acupuncture

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Sports Injuries, Pain Managemnt, and Stress Management - Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Sports Acupuncture

Sports Acupuncture is the perfect solution to help athletes with injuries and orthopedic issues that occur from sports and activities. There’s a list of things that can contribute to injuries like sudden impacts, directional changes, over use, structural imbalances, improper training, improper equipment, and improper technique.

Sports Acupuncture provides pain relief and helps athletes to heal more quickly. Specialists in Acupuncture Sports Medicine know the most common injuries associated with various sports and activities. The practitioner can help athletes perform at high levels and avoid injuries by keeping their bodies in tune.

Sports Acupuncture can be used for the most common sports injuries: Knee Pain (Patello Femoral Syndrome), Shoulder Injuries, Tennis or Golfers Elbow, Hamstring Strain, Sciatica, Shin Splints, Groin Pulls, Concussions, ACL/Meniscus Tears, and Hip Flexor Strains.

Pain Management

Acupuncture works well for pain management by calming the nervous system, normalizing pain signals to the brain, and stimulating the body’s release of endogenous pain killers.

Acupuncture treatments provide relief from acute pain caused by injuries and from chronic pain caused by degeneration and pain syndromes. Other benefits of acupuncture include pain relief from headaches and facial pain whether they’re tension headaches or migraine headaches.

Acupuncture can also help manage pain from osteoarthritis of the knees, hips, neck (cervical spine), middle back (thoracic spine), lower back (lumbar spine), and hands. Acupuncture can help rheumatoid arthritis pain in the hands, wrists, feet, and ankles as well.

Stress Management | Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

Acupuncture works well for stress management in the same way it works well for so many other issues. By calming and normalizing the signals in the nervous system, acupuncture brings the body back into balance.

There are two divisions of the autonomic nervous system; the sympathetic (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic (rest and digest). Most of us spend way too much time in fight or flight and not enough time resting and digesting. In general, stress is okay if we recover from it. Endless deadlines, goals, traffic, intense workouts, arguments, personality conflicts, noise and many other things can contribute to stress disorders. Most of the time we are unconscious of how worked up we are and how long we sustain the pace until we start to break down. The breakdown can show up as insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, depression and other physical issues as well.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation  with Electro-Acupuncture can help with many stress and inflammatory disorders. The vagus nerve (10th Cranial Nerve) is a two-way street between the brain and the body. It transmits the signals from the brain to the body to signal time for rest and recovery. It also reports the state of the body back to the brain.

Chronic stress can reduce the ability of the vagus nerve to restore the body and organs including the heart and digestive system. Studies link inhibition of the vagus nerve to heart disease, inflammatory bowels, rheumatoid arthritis, and other auto-immune disorders. 

Many clients measure the success of vagus nerve stimulation treatments by measuring heart rate variability (HRV). Heart rate variability is the beat-to-beat interval between heartbeats. Heart rate variability improves as the tone in the vagus nerve improves. HRV has recently been recognized as an important indicator to estimate the degree of resistance toward stress.

Regular acupuncture treatments can help all of these problems. During the acupuncture treatment, it’s common to have deep relaxation and peaceful rest. This is a healthy state of balance. Over time, acupuncture helps the patient become more relaxed, healthy, and balanced. When this occurs, symptoms begin to disappear. This not only shows up as stress reduction, but the patients body processes and cycles will begin to normalize as health and a peaceful mind return.