Sports Acupuncture – It’s easy for athletes or people participating in recreational activities to sometimes push themselves too far. While it’s important that we regularly exercise, we often push ourselves over our body’s limit and risk getting an injury, especially if we haven’t been consistent or are unrealistic in goal setting. Recovery from an injury often takes longer than one anticipates. If you return to sport/activity too soon, it only prolongs the injury. Sports Acupuncture is a great option for athletes that want to return to their training as soon as possible.
Acupuncture is often used by physiotherapists to help treat painful disorders but it is also highly effective for treating sports injuries and post training recovery. After an exhausting workout acupuncture is great for enabling tissues to recover faster so your body is ready for your next workout.
The World Health Organization endorses the use of acupuncture to treat many neuromuscular conditions including headaches, TMJ, low back, sciatica, knee & shoulder pain. Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is highly effective in the treatment of chronic pain conditions, we write more about this technique below.
The goal of Acupuncture is restoring balance or homeostasis. It is widely believed that it was initially discovered in China between 2696 BC – 2598 BC. Since then, it has traveled across the world and is now performed almost everywhere including here in Toronto. It is performed by using solid filiform needles and inserting them into the skin, creating a therapeutic effect. The needles themselves create the effects that come from acupuncture; no drugs are injected during acupuncture. The needles used in acupuncture are extremely fine, but sharp at the tip. Unlike hypodermic needles they have no cutting edge. This design allows them to smoothly slide through the tissue and makes it unlikely for them to cause any bleeding. The needles are placed in specific points called ‘acupoints’, of lower resistance, which were first discovered and mapped by the Chinese.
Intramuscular Stimulation Dry Needling (IMS) / Gunn Technique
IMS, also known as Gunn Technique, was created to be a complete system for treating and diagnosing myofascial pain syndromes. IMS requires inserting fine acupuncture needles in places where muscles have contracted or shortened. Often problems in these points are what cause long term pain, that is, when a muscle is tight and contracted and thus unable to heal well. IMS stimulates a healing process and helps the muscles to relax. The goal of IMS is to release muscle shortening that is pressing on and irritating the nerve. Any very sensitive areas can be desensitized and constant pull of shortened muscles are released.
Conditions commonly treated with IMS
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Acute Sports Injuries
- Arthritic Conditions
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic Tendonitis or Bursitis
- Chronic “Whiplash” Pain
- Chronic Pain
- Golfers Elbow
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Jaw and TMJ Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Myofascial Trigger Points
- Neck Pain
- Patello-femoral Syndrome
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Plantar Fascitis
- Recurrent or Persistent Injuries (including Sports Injuries)
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Shin Splints
- Shoulder Injuries (including Frozen Shoulder)
- Spinal Disc Problems
- Tennis Elbow
- Trigger Finger
Why Choose Us
- The ProCare team have treated many competitive and Olympic athletes returning them back to medal contention
- The ProCare team is very experienced in working with athletes and recreational participants at the local, provincial, national and Olympic levels
- We treat all our patients like Olympic athletes!
What Patient’s Say
When my physician recommended ProCare Rehab for continuous shin splints I had been having I was a little hesitant and doubtful as I had tried so many physiotherapists. However, was I ever pleasantly surprised by the care that ProCare gave me. They discussed exercises to strengthen my legs, applied acupuncture gently (yes it’s possible) and had me back up and running with greater strength and confidence. I’m not an Olympic athlete, but I felt I was treated like one and have just finished my 4th marathon beating my personal best by 20 minutes – thanks to ProCare.