Spring is finally here and for many people that means it’s time to get off the treadmill and start running outdoors. If you’re a frequent runner, you may be more likely to have an injury. Running can bring a lot of ware and tear on the lower limbs. Common injuries include: inflammation, swelling, acute strains and sprains, low back pain, tendonitis, bursitis, and plantar fasciitis. Here’s what acupuncture can do to help alleviate those injuries associated with running.
The type of acupuncture used for running injuries
Although the traditional form of acupuncture is effective in healing running injuries, electro-acupuncture is another commonly used approach. With this approach, the same acupuncture needles are used for your treatment sessions. An electrode is attached to the needles in order to allow a gentle vibration and increase the stimulation of qi or energy. In addition, these gentle vibrations push fluid out of the injured area and encourage greater blood circulation and muscle relaxation. Electro-acupuncture sessions are typically shorter because a stronger stimulus is used for the treatment.
Acupuncture speeds up the healing process
Although your doctor may have advised you to take a break from running for a certain period of time, acupuncture can shorten that break with its amazing benefits and faster healing time. This is great news for those of you who are getting ready for a race or working to improve endurance training.
Acupuncture investigates the root causes of your injury
Your injury might have been caused by a multitude of factors: tension in the muscles, poor oxygen flow, poor bone health, and any other underlying condition. As your acupuncturist, I can conduct a differential diagnosis to help determine the root cause of your injury so that you can have a better understanding of it. Hopefully this greater understanding can provide you with the tools and techniques that are necessary to help you continue running.
Acupuncture is a natural form of treatment
In contrast to most pain medications or anti inflammatory medications, you will not experience any unwanted side effects with acupuncture treatments. Some anti inflammatory medications can produce side effects such as ulcers, internal bleeding, and kidney dysfunction. These side effects can affect your quality of life and possibly your ability to continue running. A positive side effect of acupuncture treatment is that you’ll have more energy to run and continue other activities you love!
Running can still be enjoyable as long as you’re careful and you seek the right treatment to heal any injuries you face. Acupuncture may not be for everyone who suffers from a running related injury. There may be larger problems that cannot be treated by acupuncture. Make sure you speak with your family doctor before seeking acupuncture treatment or any other energy replacement therapy. If you’re eligible for treatment and you’d like to learn more about how I can help heal your specific running injury, feel free to contact me for a complimentary 15-minute consultation session. I’d be happy to help you get back on your feet again!