Summertime, Sports Injury, East West Healing Solutions and You

//Summertime, Sports Injury, East West Healing Solutions and You

Summertime, Sports Injury, East West Healing Solutions and You

Summer is in full swing and that means we are on vacation, outdoors enjoying ourselves and playing LOTS of sports.

We all know that with sports, we can experience injury.  Injury can come at any time and for any reason, especially due to improper training, incorrect equipment, shoes and player contact.  The two major types of injury include traumatic injury – the result of an intense blow or chronic injury due to repetitive movement over time.

Many times athletes suffer sprains and strains. A sprain is an inflammation of the ligament and a strain includes the muscle or tendon.  When suffering from these types of injuries an athlete can expect to experience pain, swelling, red or purple skin discoloration and a reduced range of motion.

Traditional methods such as R.I.C.E.; Rest Ice Compression Elevation often help but more and more athletes find that acupuncture treatments are extremely helpful in situations like those mentioned above.  Dr. Marie Perkins at East West Healing Solutions specializes in athletic pain relief due to impact injuries or due to overuse or chronic injuries especially when sprains and strains target an athletes neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee or ankle.

Don’t Be Sidelined!

We all know that a sports related injury can not only ruin your day but also put you on the sidelines for weeks!  It doesn’t have to be that way and…you don’t have to put a bandage on and work through the pain.  Before you grab a bandage and some pain reliever consider acupuncture as treatment for your injury.

acupuncture needlesWhat is Acupuncture and How Does Acupuncture Work with Injuries?

Chinese medicine has been around for centuries and is an effective way to treat everything from headaches, to injuries, diabetes and more. Acupuncture, is a methodology where a tiny filament needle is inserted into the skin at strategic areas to help the body heal itself naturally without harsh drugs, surgery and without side effects.

The Concept

Chinese medicine is based on the concept of “Qi” (pronounced “chi”).  It is the idea that vital energy flows through our bodies with our blood.  An injury or trauma can interfere and block the flow of Qi and blood.  If this blockage is not treated, the injury can become worse or chronic.  When acupuncture is introduced to this blockage, it removes the blockage and resumes the Qi flow.

Think of it this way, acupuncture:

  • frees the joint
  • unblocks the flow of blood and qi
  • promotes vital energy
  • facilitates healing

Acupuncture, Strains, Sprains, Pain, Swelling and More

The most common injuries an athlete endures tends to be strains and sprains.  In just minutes, acupuncture can dramatically reduce pain and swelling as well as reducing the time to heal.

What about repetitive movements such as pitching a ball or serving a tennis ball?  Tendonitis caused by these repetitive movements can cause severe pain.  To combat this type of injury a regimen of massage combined with acupuncture can really make a difference in the athlete’s prognosis.

Depending on the severity of the injury will determine the length of treatment an athlete must complete.  For example, a chronic injury will respond better to a series of weekly treatments.  Remember, if an injury is not treated, it will not only take longer to heal and may become chronic injuries

Some Things to Remember…

To make your healing process faster and the most effective it can be remember the following:

  • Timing is everything!  The sooner an injury can be treated, the better the results
  • Injury responds best to consistent treatment
  • If using ice, use it only for 10 minutes at a time in the first 24 hours…any more time than that contracts blood vessels, stagnates the blood, congeals the blood and stops vital Qi flow
  • If surgery is required, understand that acupuncture and other Chinese modalities can assist pre and post operation

If you have an injury or would like to have your questions answered about Chinese medicine and how Dr. Marie Perkins and her staff at East West Healing Solutions can help you, please contact us today.  East West Healing Solutions is located at 34876 US Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684.  Call us for an appointment. (727) 216-3972



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About the Author:

Dr. Marie Perkins, OTR/L, LMT, DOM, Dipl. Ac. is one of the most recognized practitioners in Palm Harbor as a “non-pharmaceutical” pain specialist. She is the founder of East West Healing Solutions and is dedicated to helping patients enjoy optimum health. Born and raised in Quebec City Canada, Dr. Perkins received her Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from University Laval in 1993. Her passion led her to leave everything behind and immigrated to Florida in 1995. She proceeded with acquiring her Massage Therapy license from Bahkti Academy in 1999 and her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2004. Her goal for founding East West Healing Solutions was to be a pioneer in the community working at bridging the gap between Eastern and Western Medicine. She has established strong partnership with Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Orthopedic Surgeons, Neurologists, Pain Management Physicians, Doctors of Chiropractic, Rehabilitative Specialists, Athletic Directors, Coaches and Personal Injury Attorneys in the community proving not only that it can be done but also that a cohesive team approach is often the most efficient way to help a patient.. “Over the years I have continued to add to my knowledge in order to be able to help as many patients I possibly could. Most of the time, a joint effort from Western and Eastern Medicine is required to obtain optimal health. For that reason, patients should proactively seek a team of highly trained professionals in various fields, all working toward one common goal; the PATIENT’S best interest. Your health portfolio should be built with the same concepts as your financial portfolio; diversification is the key!, Dr. Marie Perkins tells her patients.” Aside from offering Traditional Acupuncture to Palm Harbor patients, her clinic also offers several other complementary treatments such as Herbal prescriptions, Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, Diathermia, Dry Aqua Massage, Cold Laser Therapy, Medical Massage and Postural Analysis among others. Dr. Perkins also develops customized, personal healing and health plans for each patient at East West Healing Solutions.

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