Tired of the pills and slow recovery? A growing wave of Americans are discovering the value of acupuncture for injury and rehabilitation treatment. In the early 2010s, over 14 million adults reported having used acupuncture, compared to less than one percent of the population in the early 1990s.
And it’s not just holistic centers that recognize the benefits of acupuncture: medical giants like John Hopkins University and the Mayo Clinic also utilize the practice. Furthermore, in 2012 California listed acupuncture as a benefit that insurers must include in new plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, helping to legitimize a practice that, although it has thousands of years of history in China, is relatively new to the United States.
Practitioners and patients are recognizing that holistic approaches such as acupuncture, physical therapy and natural supplements can bring effective and long-awaited relief. How does the process work? Acupuncture promotes healing by increasing blood flow and oxygen to injured areas, helping individuals heal faster and with less accompanying aches and pains. Conditions and symptoms which can be remedied through acupuncture include but are not limited to:
Injuries involving musculoskeletal systems and soft tissues, like those suffered through sports, auto accidents, and general overuse, can be dramatically improved through acupuncture. Damage to ligaments, tendons, and muscles can cause severe and painful inflammation, but by stimulating specific pressure points, acupuncture catalyzes the body’s natural healing abilities. When these pressure points are activated, the body delivers oxygen and nutrients to the affected area to promote swift healing. With healing comes that often elusive relief and a quicker return to your normal routine.
Tweaked your knee during a marathon? Acupuncture for sports injuries is an especially excellent option for health-minded, body-conscious athletes. It is becoming so widely accepted in sports medicine that most professional teams have an acupuncturist who treat players injuries or aid in the prevention of injuries, says acupuncturist Bret Moldenhauer, who has treated track star Lolo Jones.
In the fall of 2014, Giants quarterback Carson Palmer also turned to acupuncture for a shoulder injury, while Notre Dame’s linebacker Jarrett Grace is using acupuncture to heal an ankle preventing him from running naturally. Even WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan looks to acupuncture for relief from neck issues sustained in the ring. Whether you’re a professional athlete or a recreational rollerblader, acupuncture can support you in your recovery.
Why not just take a prescription painkiller? During injury rehabilitation, many individuals are prescribed pain medication which can produce negative side effects. Not only are these drugs highly addictive, but they may cause nausea, vomiting, and constipation. Instead, acupuncture can release chemicals in the body that act as a natural painkiller, which means that patients may be able to reduce their pain medication intake or forgo it all together.
Acupuncture for Rehabilitation in Los Angeles
Ready to stop refilling that prescription? Sick of missing gym time? Dreading another day aching in your office chair? Contact Laurie to schedule an acupuncture appointment. She can answer any questions or concerns you have about healing and rehabilitation through acupuncture and get your body back on track.