Acupuncture for Sports Injuries 


While acupuncture for back pain is one of the most commonly seen (and resolved!) complaints, acupuncture is also very effective for relief of chronic pain relating to all joints and muscles in the body.
Our musculoskeletal system is a dynamic entity and pain symptoms should not be observed and treated merely at the local area.  Conditions need to be assessed holistically to locate the source of pain and devise a treatment plan that will not only relieve the pain but prevent recurrence.


Many of you may have heard of or seen the figure skater, Yuna Kim, of South Korea.  She was the gold medalist during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.  Her technique and artistry were praised highly by many in and out of the industry.

Despite her impressive accomplishments at such a young age of 19, it’s been said that she has gone through many hardships to be where she is now.

In 2007, she had suffered through severe back pain and had even considered retiring from the sport.  During the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships held in Tokyo, Japan, she received acupuncture treatments while preparing for the Championship.

Besides Yuna Kim, there are several other high-profile athletes who continue to maintain their health and performance with the help of acupuncture treatments.  Yong-Eun Yang is a professional golfer who, in 2006 and 2009 respectively, took first place in the Korea Open and PGA Tour, beating even Tiger Woods.  Yang suffers from chronic neck pain and he receives regular acupuncture treatments as well.

While figure skating and golf are very different sports, the type of stress incurred by the body is very similar.  Figure skating requires balancing on one leg and foot, while golf requires the use of one shoulder for every swing.  Such repetitive motion and strain on the body will inevitably create imbalance in the body.  In order for athletes or any sport-enthusiast to see great results in their performance, the muscle area that is most used while playing these sports must be maintained at a healthy state, allowing for proper recovery and preventing injury to the area.

Athletes may suffer injuries from repetitive motion while playing sports but many other non-athletes are subject to the same type of injuries as well.  Today, most of us suffer from imbalances that come from activities of daily living (ADL) – driving through traffic, high computer usage, hours of sitting or standing, etc.  All of these activities, while necessary and seemingly innocuous, gradually tax our systems and create imbalances.  And if left untreated, what started as a minor imbalance can develop into chronic back pain, shoulder/neck pain, disc herniation, arthritis, migraines, and the list goes on.

In order to treat such conditions, the 3-dimensional aspect of the body must be taken into consideration.  While commonly seen acupuncture charts show acupuncture points in a 2-dimensional perspective, it is important to remember what lies beneath the surface of these acupoints and treat the underlying muscular imbalances.  At Trinity Acupuncture, we use traditional methods of acupuncture as well as dry needling to help correct musculoskeletal imbalances by releasing the adhesions between muscle layers.  Our treatments involve comprehensive examination and assessment of the musculoskeletal system and identifies not only the injured area but the imbalance located at the vertex, in which most always the source of pain resides.  This identification and diagnosis allows thorough treatment with acupuncture.