Using acupuncture for injury can help you overcome pain, swelling and inflammation. By reducing the symptoms of the injuries, it can also boost your energy and endurance and make it easier for you to perform your activities. It can also reduce the need for hospitalization and emergency care visits.
Reduces pain and inflammation
Using acupuncture for injury reduces pain and inflammation by suppressing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Acupuncture also inhibits inflammatory cell infiltration and synthesis of the NLRP3 inflammasome. It also reduces the formation of oxygen free radicals, which cause cellular damage. Acupuncture also upregulates anti-inflammatory factors.
Acupuncture activates the vagus-adrenal medulla-dopamine pathway and stimulates the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis. These pathways are crucial for regulation of the immune system. Acupuncture can also induce the somatosensory-autonomy-nerve-target organ reflex. Acupuncture-induced changes in the balance of helper T cells and Th2 cells can modulate the immune response and suppress inflammation.
Acupuncture-induced changes in Th2 cells are especially important in the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Acupuncture reduces the inflammatory response to asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic respiratory disease. Acupuncture increases the activity of anti-inflammatory proteins, such as SOD, HO-1, and Nrf2. It is a drug-free, holistic approach to treating pain and inflammation.
Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of nerve pain, especially sciatica. Acupuncture increases blood flow to the injured area, resulting in less pressure on the affected nerve. It is also effective in treating sports injuries, including thigh and hamstring pulls.
Increases endurance and strength in athletes
Several studies have suggested that acupuncture for injury increases endurance and strength in athletes. However, a number of case series have provided little insight into the clinical effectiveness of acupuncture in athletes. Nonetheless, further well-designed studies are needed to confirm the findings.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment for injuries that can be used to increase muscle strength and endurance. Acupuncture works by stimulating nerves, which in turn increase the excitability of the cerebral cortex. This enhances neural activity, which leads to a post-activation potentiation (PAP) in motor units. This results in a sustained increase in performance. Depending on the muscle, acupuncture can improve strength, stamina, range of motion, and blood circulation. Acupuncture can also reduce short-term muscle fatigue and muscle soreness, which can help delay the onset of delayed onset muscle soreness.
Acupuncture may also be beneficial for athletes as a pre-performance therapy. It has been shown to decrease pre-game anxiety and to reduce the time required for the athlete to recover from exercise-induced injuries.
Reduces hospitalization and emergency care visits
Despite the fact that pain accounts for nearly 78% of all ED visits, only a few studies have been performed examining the benefits of acupuncture in the ED. This multi-site feasibility RCT will demonstrate that acupuncture in the ED is a feasible intervention. It will also provide the necessary materials for a more formal RCT, which will determine the best way to implement acupuncture for pain management in the ED.
The primary objective of the study was to measure the effect of acupuncture on acute pain. This was done via a manualized acupuncture model that allowed for flexibility in needle placement. Regardless of the type of pain medication that was administered, acupuncture proved to be an effective non pharmacological treatment.
The most notable clinical benefit of acupuncture was its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. Patients reported a reduction in stress of 1.9 points and a decrease in anxiety of 1.6 points. However, these scores were modest compared to the magnitude of the acupuncture’s impact on pain and nausea.
AEs reported in acupuncture studies
Several studies have reported adverse events (AEs) associated with acupuncture and moxibustion (A&M). Although AEs may not be severe, they can cause minor distress. These findings have not been fully evaluated, thereby limiting conclusions about the safety of A&M therapies. This overview is intended to summarize current knowledge on AEs and inform clinicians about potential risks.
The AEs reported in acupuncture studies are typically minor and transient. Some major categories include infections, local tissue inflammation, and pain. However, serious AEs such as nerve damage are extremely rare. The causes of AEs are unknown.
The most common reported AEs are needle site pain, bruising, and bleeding. During an A&M session, therapists document the date of the treatment, the patient’s ID, and the type of AE. Some therapists take special precautions to avoid blood exposure.