Sport Body, Sport Mind, Sport Energy

5 Element Acupuncture is applied to treat Sports Injury, to enhance Recovery and Readiness to Participate, to improve Sport Performance and Sport Enhancement.  

Athletes and Sports people, integrate 5 Element Acupuncture Therapy into their training programme, so that they can train their energy, as efficiently as they train their body and their mind. 

The 5 Element  system, supports the body, mind and energy, through all stages of training to event/competition, 

    - to optimise energy and physical output
    - to minimise risk of injuries
    - to increase recovery response times
    - to increase energy and circulation
    - to enhance mental agility
    - to boost sport performance 

Clients report having “alot more energy” during a match or competitive event and “hardly needing any recovery the next day” as some of the benefits felt after 1 treatment.  With regular treatments, they report being “more relaxed” during a game or competition and having better “instinct” during event/match/competition.

5 Element Traditional Acupuncture is an efficient, natural treatment with no side effects.  Research supports that Acupuncture is beneficial to many aspects of Sport Performance, Recovery and Injury.  

A 5 Element  Acupuncture Treatment Plan is specific to each patient.  After consultation, a diagnosis of the main element is made, then treatment is planned according to the needs of the Element, the energetic systems and the physical body.

Sports Injury

The term Sports Injury can describe either an acute or chronic injury.  Acute injuries are sudden events such as when 2 players collide or running and twisting an ankle or pulling a hamstring.  Typically there is an intense sharp pain, there maybe be loss of mobility and reduced range of movement.  Usually there is swelling and bruising.  These are traumatic soft tissue injuries like sprains, strains, inflammation or fractured bone.  

Chronic injuries are developed over a period of time, typically clients have received a minor sports injury, have had little or no treatment, and continue to train without giving the body adequate time to heal and recover.  They are also called overuse injuries.  As they are perceived as minor injuries, they are not taken seriously.  If they are left unattended they may increase symptomatically with more pain or inflammation and less mobility and poorer performance.

The factors that increase your risk of getting a Sports Injury are: inadequate training/over training, overloading the system, poor rest/recovery times, minimal warm up/cool down/stretch routines and training with injury.  Injuries are further complicated by competition/event demands and stress. 

Common injuries include plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy, shin splints, ligament/hamstring injury, groin/lumbar strain, stress fracture, dislocation, rotator cuff injury and tennis/golfer elbow.  

With any type of injury, it is assumed that sufficient investigation has occurred to determine the extent of injury, and diagnosis is given by a suitably qualified professional.

The treatment plan will address all aspects of an injury, treating for shock and trauma as well as to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, increase healing, repair tissue, restore power and range of motion.   

In 5 Element Acupuncture there is equal emphasis placed on the physical aspect as on the emotional aspect.  The treatment plan will support the athlete/sport person through the range of emotional challenges that are part of training regimes, through any injury, through recovery and with the demands of their sport.

Acupuncture treats sports injuries by releasing neurochemicals which stimulate the nervous system, thereby reducing the pain pattern and increasing the relaxation response.  Regular acupuncture treatment also boosts the immune system, circulation and hormonal balance.