Acupuncture can be a useful resourse in the treatment programme for many sports-related injuries, as well as other types of musculo-skeletal problems. Used alongside remedial or sports massage, specialised stretching techniques and joint manipulation, acupuncture is thought to help with soft tissue damage by increasing the local blood flow to the injury site, reducing inflammation and speeding up recovery.
In addition, the well-known pain relieving effects of acupuncture can be a welcome blessing. There is also some evidence that acupuncture can help elite athletes to improve performance.
Acupuncture could help you get off the sidelines and back to the activity you love to do.
A paper demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of acupuncture for sports injuries has been published, and is available here.