Tackle All Those Summer Sports Pain Free!

Live Life to the Fullest…

With the summer sun comes summer fun, and for some of us, that fun can take a toll. There are lots of summer sports out there like playing tennis, volleyball at the beach, water skiing, surfing, frisbee… Whatever your fun-of-choice, I bet there’s a part of you that holds back from enjoying yourself fully because no matter how “in-shape” any of us might be, or not, these activities put a strain on us- our joints, our tendons, our muscles… One misstep, and our knee is twisted. But being overly cautious in life is no way to live, right?  You shouldn’t miss out on the things you love because you’re afraid you’ll be in pain, or because you are currently in pain. So what can you do?

For starters, if you are currently in pain, speak with your acupuncturist and doctors to make sure there aren’t underlying health issues that would need to be addressed before you participate in your activity of choice.

If you’re ready to go, or once you have the go-ahead from your healthcare professionals, keep these few things in mind: First, make sure to adequately stretch before any activity. I know, it seems like a no-brainer, but you wouldn’t believe how many sports related injuries are caused by inadequately stretching or simply not stretching at all. Next, make sure you have the right gear, protective-wear, and clothing to participate safely (the right kinds of sneakers, etc.). While you’re having fun, be sure to drink plenty of fluids during your game play, and be sure to take breaks. Pushing yourself too hard for too long is a recipe for injury, and then you won’t be able to go have fun again tomorrow! And finally, make sure you’ve allowed yourself an adequate amount of time to recuperate between activities.

In addition to the tips mentioned, adding an acupuncture treatment regimen can support you in mitigating any sports related pain, from muscle soreness to joint pain or fatigue. A study published in 2012 by the National Institute of Health has concluded that “Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option… for neck and back pain, osteoarthritis, and shoulder pain.”

So if you’re out there having a good time, but it causes you a little pain- don’t let it hold you back from living life to the fullest. If you are in any questionable doubt and would like to discuss whether or not Acupuncture can help you stay pain free, please don’t hesitate to call us at 561-249-0447..