Muscle and Tendon Injuries
Muscle and tendon injuries generally result in pain and/or reduced function and range of motion. The following are some examples of treatments provided for various common muscle and tendon injuries:
- Acute sprains/strains - a specific acute injury in the recent past, this generally results in pain and inflammation in the area. Acupuncture is applied to reduce pain and inflammation in the area, and acupressure is applied to improve circulation and range of motion. Guasha may also be applied to further improve circulation and speed recovery
- Chronic strain - an injury which occurred in the past which has resulted in persistent, chronic pain and/or reduced function. Acupuncture and heat therapy is applied to improve circulation and interrupt the chronic inflammatory process. Acupressure or guasha may also be applied to further improve circulation and range of motion.
- Muscle tightness/"knots" - shortened muscle fibers which are chronically tightened, resulting in pain and/or reduced flexibility and mobility. Acupuncture is applied to reduce excess muscle tension and stimulate the fibers to release the restrictive holding pattern. Heat therapy, acupressure, or guasha may also be applied to improve circulation to the area and loosen the restricted muscles.