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I have been informed of sports acupuncture whereby acupuncture is used to stimulate body healing.

Tags: exercise , fitness , injury

I have been informed of sports acupuncture whereby acupuncture is used to stimulate body healing around a sports injury. I am recovering from hamstring tendon problems and considering it as a treatment option.

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It is unclear exactly how acupuncture needling works but there is evidence that in many cases it can be an effective addition in the treatment of sports injuries. Acupuncture has historically been used for the treatment of pain which is often a hindrance to functional recovery and confidence following a sports injury.  The techniques used in sports acupuncture are similar to those of recognised Western and Chinese acupuncture disciplines. The difference is that the treatments are administered by practitioners with an interest in sports injuries and with a focus specifically on rehabilitation of injuries usually occurring within the sport setting. Other standard therapies such as physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic treatments can be used in conjunction with acupuncture to ensure maximal beneficial effect.

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