Sports Injury

We’ll get you back in the game……..

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a dedicated athlete, an injury can bring your training to a halt. In addition to using RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) for injuries, acupuncture and sports massage can help you to recover faster.

When you train, your muscles release lactic acid (a cellular waste product); this leaves you feeling sore and achy. A sports massage can flush out these waste products, giving you faster recovery time. Most professional sports teams are staffed with trainers who provide some form of sports massage, which has been shown to give athletes a winning edge and reduce injury from repetitive training.

If the affected area has been strained or is inflamed, then acupuncture would be the most effective treatment. Acupuncture reduces inflammation as a response to the needles being inserted into the body. The body then releases a cascade of anti-inflammatory chemicals at the site, causing a reduction of pain and inflammation. Athletes are often advised to receive acupuncture to get their inflammation under control first, then to follow up with a session of sports massage. Both therapies complement each other in helping reduce inflammation.

Commonly Treated Sports Injuries:
Tendonitis: Golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, shin splints, plantarfasctis, IT Band (ileo-tibial band)
Treatment: Acupuncture

Injury Recovery: Get back in the game faster by reducing recovery time
Treatment: Acupuncture or Sports Massage

Scar Tissue: Soften scar tissue and adhesions, which often increases R.O.M. (range of motion)
Treatment: Acupuncture

Acupuncturist Tina Schumacher, has a background in Sports Massage, and has had specialized training in treating sports injuries with Acupuncture. She has been a sports massage volunteer at the Olympic Games twice. (1988 Winter Olympics, Calgary, Canada / 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta, Georgia). She would be happy to help you get back in the game, by treating your sports pains and injuries with Acupuncture, and her experienced staff can assist with Sports Massage.

The Muscle Therapy & Acupuncture Center offers Acupuncture and Massage Therapy as well as many other services. Call 269 483-7251 for more information.