Muscle injuries are very common in today’s hectic world. Most of these muscle in- juries occur during sporting activities; however there are many instances when muscle injuries are non sports related.
Turning to conventional pharmaceutical medications to treat these injuries are fair- ly common but not really the best solution as some of these medications can ei- ther have unpleasant side effects or long term negative effects. Therefore if given the opportunity one should explore the acupuncture therapy treatment. Acupuncture for muscle injuries tend to differ from the conventional acupunc- ture. In muscle injuries the muscle channels are used as opposed to the conven- tional acupuncture where the organ channels are used. The needles are inserted along the 12 regular muscle channels to correct the pathology and restore the individual’s health. The points used are usually located on the ankles, knees, elbows, and wrists. Some needles are inserted perpendicularly and some are inserted horizontally, then electrical vibes are sent through the needles which are left inserted for about twenty minutes. In some cases a few needles are kept in longer to provide the con- stant Qi effect. The needles that are harnessing and distributing the Qi are also at the same
time creating the clearance from blockages to allow the blood flow to be at its opti- mum. This also helps to nourish the injured tissues, joints, or organs which lack the vital circulatory movements. Some of these injuries include stiff neck, whiplash injury, injuries related to sports like tennis, golf, football, tendonitis, shoulder problems, carpal tunnel syn- drome to name just a few. A few sessions of acupuncture may be needed in order to gain total recovery. However after just the first session many people have attested to the fact that the pain levels were much more bearable giving the individual the confidence to con- tinue with the treatment. Sometimes acupuncture is used as a complimenting therapy to conventional medical prescriptions and this should not be totally discontinued without the opin- ion and consent of the attending medical physician.