With spring right around the corner, many are gearing up to boost their physical exercise with a variety of sports and outdoor activities. Unfortunately, this increase in muscle activity can cause pain and injuries. According to Cindy E. Levitz, Lic. Acupuncturist, PLLC, in New York City, you can use acupuncture for sports injuries and achieve exceptional results. Acupuncture treatment also enhances physical performance. She shares some insights on the topic.
A Guide to Acupuncture for Sports Injuries
1. Prepare Your Body
Acupuncture helps your body prepare for physical activity and function better while playing sports and doing workouts. The treatment stimulates the muscles and relaxes them by increasing the flow of energy, blood and fluids. Muscles tend to tighten during long bouts of inactivity in winter. Strategic treatments by a licensed acupuncturist, also helps your system release endorphins, which help to relax and loosen your muscles. By releasing the muscle tension and tightness, you’ll be in better shape to start exercising again, reducing your risk of injury.
2. Reduce Pain
Acupuncture is also commonly used to provide relief after an injury. Common problems include back and neck pain, shoulder injuries and knee pain. As a Certified Sports Medicine Acupuncture Specialist, Ms. Levitz is trained in orthopedic evaluation and specific treatments to help you feel better faster and continue your activity. Acupuncture and Chinese medical massage called Tuina reduces inflammation and shortens the healing time. The endorphin release serves as a natural pain reliever to reduce or eliminate suffering related to muscle strains and tears. As such, it's recommended not only to use acupuncture for sports injuries and enhancing physical performance, but also to treat chronic pain problems.
3. Prevent Injuries From Worsening
In addition to providing pain relief, your acupuncture treatments also prevent your injuries from worsening. Your system’s biochemical responses that acupuncture initiates helps to alleviate pain, reduce the body's inflammatory response and enhance healing. The care not only lessens swelling and pain, and allows your system to begin healing; but it also helps prevent further injury.
If you plan to be active in a sport or other physical activities this spring, prepare your body at the office of Cindy E. Levitz, L.Ac., C.SMA. She is a Certified Sports Medicine Acupuncture Specialist who takes a modern, integrative approach to providing acupuncture for sports injuries. Through customized care, she restores patients’ health, mood, and energy. Learn more about how she can help online, and schedule your appointment at her Chelsea/Flatiron office today by calling (212) 924-8034.