Sprains and strains are common injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system. A sprain occurs when the ligaments, thick bands of tissues that join the bones in a joint, are stretched or torn. The most commonly sprained joints are wrist and ankle. Sprains may range from moderate to severe and lead to symptoms including pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising, instability and loss of movement of the joint.
A strain, on the other hand, involves overstretching of a muscle or tendon. The injury may cause partial or complete tear in the affected structures. Also known as Pulled Muscle, a strain may cause loss of function, localized swelling, muscle cramps and soreness near the site of injury. It usually occurs in the lower back, hamstring muscles, calf and groin area.
- Excessive stress on the joint
- Walking or exercising on an uneven ground
- Incorrect landing from a jump
- Fall from a height
- Fall on an outstretched hand
- Repetitive activities
- Extending a joint beyond its range of motion
- Improper warm up before physical activity
How Acupuncture Therapy Can Help?
In traditional Chinese medicine, Qi (bodily energy) and blood are two important concepts surrounding injury and healing. Blood is an important component that ensures proper nourishment for the entire body. In addition to oxygenating the cells, blood maintains flexibility of the tendons, lubricates joints and allows for a smooth movement. Qi is the force that ensures that blood reaches evenly to all the body organs.
When a sprain or strain occurs, the flow of energy to the affected muscle or ligament is disrupted, thereby preventing blood circulation which leads to pain, swelling and bruising. Acupuncture aims at releasing the flow of qi through these areas in order to promote healing and speed up recovery. It helps to reduce swelling, supply essential nutrients and carry dead cells away from to the affected area.
Acupuncture also regulates the body’s central nervous system and stimulates the release of endorphins, body’s natural pain killing hormones. It focuses on relaxing the tight, stretched or cramped muscles and restoring their normal functionality as well as flexibility.
Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness is a renowned acupuncture clinic serving the patients of Killeen, TX. Our acupuncturists offer effective treatment for sprains, strains and a wide range of other medical conditions. To schedule an appointment, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit the clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.