Last week we explored two of the most important action steps in healing an injury – resting the affected area, and applying ice to the affected area. These two basics have survived the test of time and still hold as the best immediate response to an acute physical trauma.
What happens though when rest and ice don’t completely finish the job, or aren’t enough to get an athlete back into their sport fast enough? Sure the body has its own innate healing capacity, every living creature does. What are some other options? Options that once used to treat a current injury can also be used to prevent a future one?
Acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage are all relied upon equally by people who used their bodies to make a living as well as recreation athletes. Often times though, people aren’t sure which healing modality is appropriate for their particular type of injury. Today we are going to explore each one and when each can be used most successfully.
Acupuncture is but one part of the complete medical system that is Traditional Chinese Medicine and involves inserting hair-thin needles in predetermined points on the body to elicit a neurological and/or hormonal response to facilitate healing. Acupuncture has been used effectively for centuries to treat all manner of internal medical issues ranging from menstrual irregularities, menopausal regulation, infertility, and in the West for its better-known effect on pain and injury.
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