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Acupuncture


ACUPUNCTURE FOR RUNNERS

A more focused style of Acupuncture, that targets and relieves musculoskeletal pain and tension. Needling specific points on the body can aid healthy sleeping patterns and manage the psychological stresses that can result from intense periods of training.

 
 
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Preventing and reversing the stressful effects of running with acupuncture.

As the 2019 London Marathon approaches us this April, more than 40k runners will be in full swing with their training regimes.

Building mileage weekly over a 6-8-month period, involving long endurance runs, speed work, strength training and stretching, the impact on the body can sometimes be grueling increasing the propensity of injury. Connective-tissue injuries are common during this type of training especially if you are a first-time marathon runner. The 26.2 miles puts you at a significantly higher risk for injury than your average treadmill session at the gym.

 

Prevention

Acupuncture’s greatest potential is through a preventative approach to health and wellbeing. The aim of acupuncture is to help restore balance and free flow within you. For musculoskeletal issues, this involves re-establishing a healthy flow of qi and blood in the channels.

 Acupuncture is a key component of maintenance and injury prevention for the active, athletic population in training.

  • Acupuncture increases qi and blood circulation to the muscles and connective tissue, dispersing stagnation in and around the skeletal structures and soft tissue allowing for freedom of movement. The interdependence is expressed: ‘the qi leads the blood to the connective tissue and the blood nourishes the qi’

  • Regular treatment can help improve flexibility by improving muscle fiber mobility.

  • Acupuncture allows treatment of deeper muscle tissue without aggravating surface muscle. The needles can be specific and reach deep muscle bands to facilitate movement.

  • Through direct needling, the connective tissue becomes more responsive to stretching and relaxation putting less stress on the joints and body in general.

  • Muscles have a greater potential to contract without the worry of pulling muscles or tearing tendons and ligaments.

  • Acupuncture increases range of movement and reduces pain by influencing healthy circulation and dispersing stagnation.

 
 
 

Acute muscle strains may respond well to one session however more chronic musculoskeletal conditions, which occur from time to time depending on the state of your health and well being or the intensity of your training, may require further sessions; usually weekly to reduce the severity of pain and discomfort.

It is helpful to follow up with a program of functional movement exercises, Pilates, massage, magnesium baths and stretches to prevent recurrence.

 

Recovery

The physical fatigue and inflammation runners can experience after a marathon is intensified. The recovery requires some form of rehabilitation, appropriate rest and nourishment/healing of the body and mind. Both may be exhausted.

Acupuncture is able to promote this by increasing blood flow, releasing tight muscular restrictions and calming the mind allowing the body to work on healing instead of getting restrained by poor patterns of movement caused by pain.

 

Signs of inflammation can last from a few days to about four weeks and acupuncture provides a comprehensive treatment from the very beginning of an injury to recovery by alleviating blood stasis and get things moving again.

 

Acupuncture Treatment

According to the laws of Oriental Medicine, our health is dependent on the harmony and balance of natural energy (or Qi) within us. This energy flows along meridians throughout the entire body. Sometimes the flow will become disrupted or blocked for one reason or another (emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet or overwork are all common examples). By inserting very fine needles into specific points along the energy meridians, acupuncture can move or redirect energy to where it is needed most and stimulate the body’s healing response.

 
 

What to expect from your first treatment

Acupuncture is a safe technique utilising sterile, single-use needles. When a needle is inserted you may not actually feel it at all - the sensation can be tingling, warm, or dull. The feeling may be unusual, but not painful, even the most anxious of people find treatment relaxing. Patients often find that a course of acupuncture leads to better sleep patterns, increased energy levels, and enhanced wellbeing. An acupuncture session may also encompass other techniques such as massage, moxibustion or cupping.

Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of conditions including musculoskeletal and pain related conditions, pre-conceptual care, pregnancy support and pre-birth acupuncture. People use acupuncture for various types of pain. Back pain is the most commonly reported use, followed by joint pain, neck pain, and headache. Research has shown acupuncture to be effective in treating chronic lower back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee.

What we treat

Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of conditions including musculoskeletal and pain related conditions, pre-conceptual care, pregnancy support and pre-birth acupuncture. People use acupuncture for various types of pain. Back pain is the most commonly reported use, followed by joint pain, neck pain, and
headache. Research has shown acupuncture to be effective in treating chronic lower back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee.

 
 

Hayley Van Emmenis

 

Prices:

Initial Consultation and Treatment 60 minutes - £65
Subsequent Treatments 60 minutes - £65