Sports Injury Treatment In Overland Park, KS - Eastern Healing Solutions

If you’ve watched The Big Game on TV, occasionally, a sports commentator will take you back into the athletes’ training room. There you’ll see large tubs for ice baths, massage tables, whirlpools, and all manner of equipment and personnel to help get those high profile athletes back into the game.

Whether you’re a professional athlete, weekend competitor, or a casual participant, sports injuries happen. They occur as a result of inadequate training, improper or ill-fitting equipment, incorrect footwear, overtraining, and trauma. There are generally two types of injuries; acute and chronic. Acute injuries tend to be the result of trauma, such as being hit with a baseball, a rough tackle in football, or falling off a bike. Chronic injuries occur over a period of weeks or even months, and often come from overuse, repetitive movements, or poor form.

While you may not see them on TV, more and more sports teams are employing the services of acupuncturists to help keep their athletes in shape and injury-free. In addition, many athletes use acupuncture on their own. Whether you’re a paid athlete or engage in your sport just for fun or conditioning, acupuncture has a lot to offer.

Acupuncture for Sports Injuries

If you’re an injured athlete, acupuncture can help you in a number of ways. Some of the most common sports injuries include ligament sprains and muscles or tendon strains.  These injuries can be painful, but also may be inflamed, swollen, and associated with reduced mobility. For both acute and chronic injuries, many injured athletes have found that acupuncture treatments can be helpful beyond the conventional wisdom of R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). With many injuries, pain relief is a priority, and acupuncture can be an effective treatment in many instances, because it increases the circulation of chemicals in your brain, called endorphins, which act like your body’s own opioid system.

Acupuncture can also decrease inflammation associated with your injury. Researchers have found that the concentration of inflammation-fighting white blood cells are increased by about 40 percent in the areas where acupuncture needles are placed. Acupuncture treatments boost your circulation overall, and coupled with the decreased inflammation, it can speed up the time it takes to recover and get back to your sport.

Acupuncture can also help your musculoskeletal system in the form of better range of motion and decreased swelling and bruising after an injury. In addition, when directed at knots, trigger points, or muscle spasms, acupuncture helps relax tight muscles and increase your mobility.

Athletic Performance and Your Overall Health

Many athletes that use acupuncture do so because it helps their performance and keeps them healthy. Acupuncture is all about your body’s energy, and regular treatments naturally enhance your energy to help recover faster after workouts or competition. In addition, acupuncture is relaxing and used as a treatment for insomnia. Better sleep translates into better energy, and hopefully better athletic performance. Furthermore, scientists have found that acupuncture can strengthen your immune system.

When it comes to keeping your head in the game, acupuncture may also help. Researchers have found that acupuncture alters your brain chemicals to relieve stress. It can be used as a method to relieve pre-game anxiety. In addition, your mental performance can get a boost from a few sessions on the acupuncture table. Athletes report better focus, self-confidence, and feeling more relaxed before their competition as a result of their treatments.

The Acupuncturist’s Toolbox

While all acupuncturists perform acupuncture, most also offer a number of healing methods from the tradition of Chinese medicine. You may have seen Michael Phelps and many other athletes during the Olympics in Rio with marks on their bodies from cupping. Used to speed up recovery, heal sore muscles, and athletic injuries, cupping involves the use of glass or plastic cups in which a vacuum has been created. A little like a reverse massage, the cups pull your skin, fascia, and muscles and breaks the tiny capillaries at the surface. This promotes healing, enhances circulation, opens your pores, and removes toxins.

A sports acupuncturist may also apply a mild electrical current to the needles to make the treatment more effective. They may also perform ear acupuncture, which is especially useful in pain relief and dealing with stress. Most acupuncturists are also trained in Chinese herbal medicine, and can prescribe an herbal formula to support your energy, speed healing, or treat other health conditions that you may have. They are also trained in dietary counseling to treat specific health issues.

The bottom line is that whether you’re a weekend athlete or a major competitor, acupuncture has a lot to offer. It can help support and speed up healing and relieve pain if you’re injured. It can boost your energy so you can sustain heavy workouts, and help with your mental game in the form of stress relief and better focus. If you’re looking for a way to up your game, acupuncture may give you the edge you need.

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6 Things You Can Do To Prevent Back Problems As You Age

by Cindy Chamberlain on August 27, 2019

Back Pain Relief Treatment In Overland Park, KS - Eastern Healing Solutions

If you suffer from back pain, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that about 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point in their life, and aging increases your chances dramatically. As you get older, there are a number of spinal conditions that can occur as a product of wear and tear on your body.

One of the most common causes of back pain is caused by degeneration of your discs. Spinal discs are rings of tough collagen fiber with a gel-like center. They’re found in between your vertebral (spinal) bones, and act as shock absorbers as your body bends and twists. As you age, the discs become worn down and dry out, causing your vertebral bones to rub against one another. Discs may also protrude sideways or rupture, resulting in impinged nerves and inflammation. In all cases, disc problems have the potential to be extremely painful.

Spinal stenosis is another back condition associated with aging. Stenosis is a narrowing of the bony canals that house your spinal cord and spinal nerves. As the narrowing progresses, the spinal cord or accessory nerves can become compressed. Depending on where the compression occurs, it can cause pain, numbness, and loss of function, in some cases limiting your ability to walk more than short distances.

Another spinal condition related to aging is arthritis in the facet joints. These are the flexible joints in your spine that allow it to bend and twist. When the facet joints and associated ligaments become weakened, it can allow a vertebra to slip forward and out of alignment. This condition is called degenerative spondylolisthesis, and can cause pain that is worse when you’re standing up straight or bending backwards.

Older adults who have lost bone density, a condition called osteoporosis, are at an increased risk for compression fractures. This kind of fracture occurs when a vertebral bone partially collapses, triggering sudden and severe back pain, a loss in height, physical deformity, and a loss of function.

While these age-related changes in your spine may seem like a foregone conclusion as you get older, that’s not necessarily the case. In Chinese medicine, the aging process is related to the health and function of your Kidney organ system. The Chinese believe that your Kidneys are the source of your Essence, which is something akin to body constitution. The strength and health of your Essence determines how you grow, your overall health, fertility, and how you will age. Your Kidney controls the condition of your bones, your ears and hearing, the health of your brain, and even the hair on your head. Healthy Kidneys and abundant Essence translate into healthful aging.

The good news is that while aging is inevitable, there are some things that you can do to stay healthy as you grow older.  A good place to start, especially when it comes to back pain treatment, is with acupuncture. Scientists have documented that acupuncture affects chemicals in your brain to reduce pain and improve your mood. Acupuncture also decreases inflammation locally, boosts circulation, and supports the healing process.

If you work with an acupuncturist for age-related back pain, they may add electric stimulation to their acupuncture treatments, prescribe a Chinese herbal formula, or recommend dietary changes. Their goal would be to strengthen your Kidney system, nourish your Essence, relieve any pain you may be having, and support the healing process. In addition to acupuncture and Chinese medicine, there are some things that you can do to prevent back problems as you age. They include:

  1. Strengthen the core muscles of your back and abdomen with target exercises. A physical therapist or athletic trainer can help in suggesting the right exercises for your specific needs.
  2. Relieve some of the strain on your back by practicing good posture. In general, your ears, shoulders, hips, and feet should line up when you’re standing.
  3. Avoid unnecessary strain on your back, such as lifting heavy objects (no more than 25% of your body weight). When you lift, do so correctly, by bending your knees and hips into a squat, and lift by straightening your legs.
  4. What you eat can actually affect the health of your back. A good place to start is with an anti-inflammatory, Chinese food therapy diet, which includes lots of plant-based foods and limits processed foods and meat. Choose meals that include more fish, whole grains, nuts, and heart healthy fats, such as olive oil.
  5. If you’re depressed or under a lot of stress, make it a point to get some help. Strong negative emotions cause muscle tension and further aggravate any pain you may have.
  6. Stay active. If there were such a thing as the fountain of youth, physical activity would be it. Whether it’s walking, swimming, tennis, Tai Chi, or chair Yoga, movement improves your circulation, keeps your muscles strong, maintains your range of motion, and lifts your mood.

The bottom line is that as you age, your back will show some signs of wear and tear. However, it is possible to stay active and pain-free through good self-care and help in the form of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

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