On another level, neurofunctional acupuncture decreases the non-pleasant signals caused by an injury. It decreases them on three levels:
When all of these areas are covered in a treatment, it changes our perception of pain in the brain and it speeds the process of healing.
These goals are accomplished by accurately assessing the patient, selecting neuro-reactive acupuncture points, and introducing a pleasant electrical stimulation into the appropriate areas.
Injuries and stress cause the body to go into “fight or flight” mode. “Fight or flight” is also known as a sympathetic response. Sympathetic activity is controlled by the nervous system. Sympathetic activity can happen as follows:
The fight or flight response keeps us alive by allowing us to react quickly to dangerous situations. It is a primitive response that shuts down non-essential systems (reproductive and digestive) and redirects resources to the systems (heart, eyes, muscles, adrenaline) that will get us out of danger. On a local level, it shuts down capillaries around the injured areas to prevent loss of blood. We are much safer in modern times, yet this system still may function at the same intensity with injuries and stress.
Stuck behind a computer? Bad posture? Maybe you rolled your ankle in a game? Acute pain, chronic pain, headaches, migraines, low back pain, tight muscles, sore joints… Anything from a stiff neck to post surgery… If it’s pain, we’ve treated it.
As an athlete, your #1 goal should be to make sure your body is adapting to it’s challenges. Sports acupuncture can be used for sports performance optimization, injury prevention and management, and athletic career longevity.
Don’t forget that acupuncture is best used as a preventative medicine. It is perfect for relaxation, stress relief, and supporting your overall health. You don’t need to be in pain to get acupuncture.