Acupuncture for Hamstring Injuries
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Some of the most prevalent injuries that affect active individuals have to do with the hamstrings injuries– those critical muscles at the back of the thigh. If you engage in activities that involve running, jumping, hopping, lunging, stretching or really any abrupt movement, you might find yourself vulnerable to this type of injury. Hamstring injuries can manifest as minor strains or, in more severe cases, as tears that significantly disrupt your daily life and impede activities that once brought you joy.
At Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center, I can help address all types of hamstring injury, regardless of whether that injury presents as a nagging strain or as a formidable tear.
Acupuncture for Hamstring Injuries
Let’s break down how acupuncture can actually make a difference in healing hamstring injuries by setting off a chain of benefits, including pain relief and improved blood flow.
If you’re dealing with a hamstring injury, acupuncture can provide some welcome relief from pain. When you come to visit me at the Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center, we’ll work together on your treatment plan, and then we’ll start your treatment. During treatment sessions, I’ll put tiny acupuncture needles into strategic spots on your body, which will prompt your body to release natural painkillers, thus leading to increased comfort and less pain. This is only one of the ways that I can help you with hamstring injury and pain.
Enhanced Blood Flow
Acupuncture goes beyond pain relief – it also stimulates improved blood circulation around the injured area while also reducing swelling. This happens because, when I target precise points, the flow of blood runs better, which facilitates the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the injury site. This accelerated supply of oxygen and nutrients expedites the healing process.
Acupuncture helps injuries heal better because it reduces inflammation. This contributes to a smoother and more effective recovery. That’s why, at the Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center, I deal with all sorts of injuries, not just hamstring injuries. Often, the key to healing an injury is to reduce inflammation and allow more natural healing to occur.
Beyond its physical advantages, acupuncture extends its positive influence to your emotional state. When you get a hamstring injury, it can be frustrating and stressful, thus impacting your overall well-being. At Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center, your sessions unfold in a serene surrounding where you’ll feel more relaxed. Acupuncture, as a modality, is very effective when it comes to boosting mood and emotional wellbeing.
Understanding Common Hamstring Injuries
In this next section we’re going to talk about some of the more common hamstring injuries. For the most part, hamstring injury happens as the result of moving too quickly, not stretching enough, or moving your hamstring in a way that strains it. Some of these injuries are more severe, but all can be helped with acupuncture.
Among the most common hamstring injuries are strains. A strain happens when your muscles or tendons are stretched too far. Sudden movements or not-enough warm-up can trigger a strain. The severity of a strain can range from mild discomfort to more serious damage.
If you push your hamstrings too far, you might experience a tear, which is a more intense form of injury. This involves significant damage to your hamstring muscles or tendons and sometimes causes a partial or complete rupture.
Tendinopathy of the Hamstring
When degeneration and inflammation affect your hamstring tendons, it’s known as tendinopathy. Tendinopathy can cause pain and poor functioning in the affected area. But, the bright side is, acupuncture can help.
Doing activities that demand quick, forceful muscle contractions can cause hamstring avulsion. With an avulsion, your hamstring tendons pull away (forcefully) from their attachment points on the bone. This is a more serious injury.
Ischial Tuberosity Bursitis
Ischial Tuberosity Bursitis happens when the cushioning sacs (or bursae) become inflamed near the ischial tuberosity, which is where your hamstring attaches to the other muscles and joints. This inflammation can cause discomfort and pain.
Even though persistent tightness in your hamstrings might not be an injury, it can lead to strain if it isn’t managed properly. Tightness is a result of overuse, muscle imbalance, or insufficient stretching.
Recurrent Hamstring Injuries
Some people run into repeated hamstring injuries because of incomplete rehabilitation or not addressing the root causes of the initial injury. That’s why I want to help you in the first place at Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center.
How Can Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center Help?
Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center gives you world class diagnosis coupled with acupuncture plus cutting-edge hands on treatment to quickly ease your pain. Once your pain levels are down I will guide you through a graduated movement strategy so you don’t have to keep coming back for the same issues. At Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center, I will piece the parts of your story together using our unique assessment that looks at your body as one. Here is how I do it.
- Discussion: I will investigate the cause of your problem and explain it in simple terms.
- Assessment: This will reveal the underlying dysfunction(s) and show why you are suffering from your pain.
- Treatment: I will ease your symptoms quickly using acupuncture and other hands-on techniques that quickly relieve your pain and improve function.
- Rehab: I will give you simple movements that you easily can fit into your busy day to improve recovery and give lasting relief. Your graduated movement strategy and pain treatments continue as needed to help you build your confidence in your body again so you can quickly get back to thoughtless, fearless, movement. Through this phase of treatment, I can add to the rehabilitation by focusing on specific things like working on speed, agility, flexibility, or strength.
- Freedom: I plan to make you so happy that you’ll actively tell your friends and family about us. You see, I have built our clinic on word of mouth referrals and I expect my clients to be so happy with the results that they tell their friends and family about me, so they too can get the help they need.
Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center for all of your Cupping needs
Hi, I’m Jim Eleczko, the founder of Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center and it’s my mission to provide you with compassionate, whole-person care using holistic treatments, including Acupuncture, Dry Needling, and Tunia Massage. I’m a board-certified and licensed Acupuncturist practicing since 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina. I love that I get to wake up every day to make meaningful changes in my patient’s lives. I’ve seen first hand the changes that Acupuncture can make.
As a teen I suffered from allergies and my father suggested that I try Acupuncture to calm the symptoms. It worked – and left a lasting impression on me! Now I offer Acupuncture and other treatments to help people with a variety of issues, including anxiety, migraines, fibromyalgia, and more. Our other treatments include Dry Needling, Guasha, Cupping, Stretching, Orthopedic Movements, Electroacupuncture and Therapeutic Exercises.
Here’s a bit more about me and my qualifications: I studied the 4-year program at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine and continue to travel multiple times a year to study with my mentor, Andrew Nugent-Head. I also studied under Dr. Ed Garbacz, M.D. LAc and spent a year working and studying under Dr. Bonnie Walker, M.D. LAc. I have also done extensive post-graduate studies in acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine from lectures of acupuncturists like Dr. Nguyen Van Nghi, Dr. Tran Viet Dzung, Matt Callison, and Edward Obaidey.
Get in touch with me by calling (919) 260-4104. I’d be happy to answer your questions and get you booked for an appointment today!