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Acupuncture and sporting excellence in London


It's British Acupuncture week.  The purpose of this week is to raise awareness about acupuncture and its benefits.  In particular the strong evidence base behind this form of treatment.  Here are just some of the benefits of receiving acupuncture treatments to improve your physical wellbeing:

Acupuncture can help to enhance exercise performance and post-exercise recovery, according to a recent research review. Whether you're training for an ultra marathon, doing a regular yoga class or on a fitness program, sports injuries can halt you in your stride and cause serious pain. Injuries can be caused by trauma as a result of a sudden impact or awkward movement, or can develop over time often due to continual use of
the same joints or muscle groups.  Acupuncture has been proven to relieve pain in a wide range of sports injuries including:

• shoulder & neck pain (bursitis, tendonitis)
• tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
• knee pain (chondromalacia patella, patellofemoral pain syndromes)
• foot pain (plantar fasciitis)
• back pain (acute lumbar strain)
• shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome)
• soft tissue disease

Acupuncture is believed to relieve symptoms of sports injuries, such as pain and
inflammation by:

  • stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins
  • delivering analgesia via alpha-adrenoceptor mechanism
  • increasing the release of adenosine, which reduces sensitivity to pain
  • reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and
  • immunomodulatory factors
  • improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local
  • microcirculation, which aids dispersal of swelling

So why not nip into Belsize Health or Breathe London for a free 15-minute consultation during  Acupuncture Awareness Week 7-13 March 2016.  Laura Ichajapanich is an acupuncturist at Breathe London and Belsize Health specialising in  musculoskeletal pain.
Laura Ichajapanich
British Acupuncture Council (www.acupuncture.org.uk)
Urroz et al (2013) Effect of Acute Acupuncture Treatment on Exercise Performance and Postexercise Recovery: A Systematic