Acupuncture Awareness Week 2016 – Sports Injuries

By Rhiannon Griffiths

This year, The British Acupuncture Council has chosen to highlight how acupuncture can help sports injuries, with the help of 2016’s celebrity ambassador, Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

According to a report released to mark Acupuncture Awareness Week (7th-13th March 2016), almost three in ten Brits (29%) exercise more now than they did ten years ago but more than half (52%) say they’ve been injured during sport in the past and one in three (30%) claim to have never recovered from their injuries.

To overcome a sporting injury, almost three in five people (56%) say they take oral painkillers, and nearly a third (32%) turn to ice and heat packs, compared to just 11% who opt for traditional acupuncture. And nearly half of Brits (44%) just “grin and bear” their pain, which they just do NOT have to do!

Traditional acupuncture is an evidence based therapy that has been shown to help reduce pain and swelling, increase blood flow to promote recovery and help restore movement at the site of injury. Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to release the endorphins – the happy hormones that help to reduce pain and increase wellbeing.

The report of 2,000 UK adults revealed nearly three quarters of people (73%) have never tried traditional acupuncture with three in ten Brits (30%) admitting they’re unaware of how the therapy could help them.

Painkillers often mask the problem and don’t always address any potential underlying issues. Traditional acupuncture can help to identify the root cause of a problem, improving a patient’s understanding and management of symptoms for a more positive long-term outcome.

Based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years, traditional acupuncture involves placing extremely fine, sterile needles painlessly at specific points on the body to trigger a healing response and restore balance.

In this video Rebecca Adlington talks about how having Traditional Acupuncture (a form of Chinese Medicine) has helped her shoulders recover from her gruelling swimming schedule, and reduced the need for her to rely on painkillers.

The positive things she has to say about acupuncture can only now be even MORE relevant after her recent accident on Channel 4’s Celebrity Skiing show “The Jump”, where last month, she had to pull out of the competition early due to an accident where she dislocated her shoulder. Wishing her a VERY speedy recovery with the help of traditional acupuncture!

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PINPOINT THE PAIN OF SPORTS INJURIES WITH TRADITIONAL ACUPUNCTURE:

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SEE ME TREATING STRICTLY COME DANCING’S CAMILLA DALLERUP FOR BACK PAIN:

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TRADITIONAL ACUPUNCTURE & HOW IT WORKS:

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