Pain and sports injuries

Acupuncture is excellent at sorting out aches and pains whether they're a result of sport or from some other reason and is usually quick and effective. Sometimes it's important to be able to diagnose and treat the underlying reason for repeated and chronic problems that should really have cleared up ages ago and Chinese medicine can do this. Comparative trials consistently show that acupuncture is one of (if not the) most effective way to treat a range of muscular skeletal problems, and is recommended by NICE.

It's a drug free and relatively non-invasive way to release muscles and improve form and function as well as alleviate pain. I treat a lot of athletes who appreciate its simplicity, effectiveness and the improvements they see in their performance after acupuncture.

Having an understanding of the mechanics of the body and experience in treating a range of problems really helps, as does knowing why problems build up in the first place. My practical approach to treatment is means that at least a 75% improvement is expected within three treatments. Sometime heat by using 'moxa' is used for conditions that get better for warmth, sometimes herbs may be needed for chronic problems to strengthen the body, but for most people acupuncture provides a quick and effective cure.

Conditions often treated are:

  • Tennis or golfer's elbow
  • Back sprains, sciatica and stiffness
  • Shoulder pain and restricted movement
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Knee and ankle problems
  • Arthritis
  • Pulled, tight or weak muscles

If you have any questions about acupuncture and how it can help you please email Justin Hextall