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Acu-SPORT: Sports Injuries and Acupuncture

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THIS PAST 2016 SEASON LIV ACUPUNCTURE/TENNILLE RICHARDS L.Ac. Dipl. Ac. WAS THE EXCLUSIVE ACUPUNCTURIST FOR A BUFFALO BILL/ PRO-BOWLER 

Whether you suffer from an acute injury or an overuse injury, clinical experience and research data concur that injuries that would typically be seen at a Sports Medicine clinic greatly benefit from Acupuncture treatment.  

> INCREASED BLOOD FLOW

>DECREASED MUSCLE TENSION

>DECREASED INFLAMMATION 

>ELIMINATE MUSCLE TRIGGER POINTS WITHOUT PAINFUL DEEP MASSAGE 

*Regardless of if you are an elite athlete or a leisure-athlete injury and pain are critical factors in your overall enjoyment and performance.  Most sports injuries are minor sprains, strains and bruises due to overuse while others are the result of external force or trauma to the local area. Acupuncture offers what every other sports medicine therapy does not: an invasive stimulus to the injured area unlike, for example,  commonly used TENS or ultrasound. 

In the case of  Inflammation, the following occurs: 

erythemia

•swelling

•increase in local tissue temperature

•mobility limitation

•pain

Acupuncture is known to generate the following changes in inflammation: 

•dissipate erythemia

•subside swelling

•normalize local temperature

•improve physical functioning

•relieve pain

 Inflammation is known to be modulated by sensory nerve stimulation - which, in effect,  is acupuncture;.  The human body has its own healing anti-inflammatory functions and it is proposed that acupuncture facilitates these. It is postulated that the  acupuncture, by virtue of breaking the skin barrier, creates a positive immunological response from this strategic micro-injury;  Researchers have identified  leukocytosis and an increase in eosinophils in human blood after acupuncture treatments such that it is now widely recognized that the body's response to acupuncture  is regenerative.

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Acupuncture, applied strategically, can have an effect on the following either directly or indirectly;
pain site(s) tendons, nerves, muscles, joints
peripheral nerves, impingements
nerve plexus and trigger points**
•spinal nerve impingments, thoracic outlet
autonomic nerve points
brain (areas)   *concussion
chest cavity, abdominal viscera, ribs, 
large muscle groups, tendino-muscular tract

                                                      
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