~by Donald Clarke L.Ac.
Hamstring injuries can be as frightening as they are painful. Short of an Achilles rupture, nothing stops training faster than a hamstring pull. The severity or “degree “ of the sprain determines the length and intensity of the recovery. Let me shine some light on treating hamstring injuries with acupuncture.
First and foremost, always follow the rule of Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation in the event of a muscle strain or sprain. As hard as it is to accept, resting the effected muscle group or groups i.e.” hamstring” is a must. Training can continue, however slower with less impact and no sprinting.
It is highly recommended that you consult your physician and or a physiotherapist within the first 24 hrs to clarify the degree of the injury. Including acupuncture into your therapy schedule is a nice alternative that can speed recovery time and compliment traditional therapies. A typical treatment plan consist of 2 treatments a week for 4 weeks. A typical acupuncture treatment will last approximately 45 minutes.
Treatment modalities consist of massaging the affected area to determine the exact location of the strain or sprain. Once the injury has been pinpointed acupuncture needles are inserted into the area. Electrical stimulation is added to the needles promoting current into the injury. As the electrical current is pulsating into the injury micro tears are triggered into growth regeneration. Electro acupuncture and massage are the building blocks to reversing a sprain, strain and or an avulsion. As the treatment plan evolves and progresses an increase in training can occur. Finally, after a short break from training and intense rehabilitation you can continue with your normal training schedule.