Acupuncture For Sprained Ankle

I have treated many people with acu­punc­ture for a sprained ankle. It is one of the most com­mon injur­ies, regard­less of wheth­er it is sport­ing in ori­gin or just an injury that has occurred as a res­ult of rolling off the edge of a gut­ter or tread­ing on an odd-shaped or odd-sized object.

Acupuncture for sprained ankleI have provided acu­punc­ture treat­ment for some extraordin­ar­ily severe cases of sprained ankle from elite ten­nis play­ers in the world to elite Australian Football League play­ers as well as provid­ing acu­punc­ture treat­ment to elite swim­mers for their ankle injur­ies, res­ult­ing from their train­ing on dry land as dis­tinct from their train­ing in the pool. I have also treated every­day people like myself who have incurred the injury as a res­ult of put­ting their foot down in the wrong way at the wrong time and rolling the ankle to such a degree that it becomes very dif­fi­cult to main­tain nor­mal move­ment.

The most fam­ous sprained ankle I have had to work on is that of Serena Williams, the World’s Number One ten­nis play­er who had a phe­nom­en­al year in 2012. I did sev­er­al acu­punc­ture treat­ments on Serena early in 2012 when she was in Brisbane com­pet­ing in the Women’s International Tennis Tournament here. I believe she was very happy with the treat­ment, hav­ing expressed a desire to study acu­punc­ture after her ten­nis career had fin­ished. I don’t know wheth­er this was tongue-in-cheek but it was cer­tainly nice to hear.

Another aspect of Japanese acu­punc­ture that is prom­in­ent in the treat­ment of sprained ankles is the rad­ic­al defla­tion of inflam­ma­tion, how quickly the swell­ing will go down after the treat­ment with Japanese acu­punc­ture. Again, Japanese acu­punc­ture is an incred­ibly effect­ive form of treat­ment for a sprained ankle.

Without ques­tion, the res­ults I have exper­i­enced over thirty years of prac­tice using this acu­punc­ture treat­ment for sprained ankles have been quite extraordin­ary. I have found acu­punc­ture to be one of the most suc­cess­ful treat­ments for this par­tic­u­lar ail­ment, it is extraordin­ary.

One instance that comes to mind relates to many years ago when I was work­ing with a Rugby League team and we were going into a semi-final, it was a must-win game. One of the play­ers, a for­ward who was a second row­er, came to me on the Thursday night before we played on the Sunday. He had been play­ing touch foot­ball and had sprained his ankle ter­ribly. Fortunately, he came to me straight away after incur­ring the injury which was a big plus. To be able to use acu­punc­ture for a sprained ankle in the first hour after an injury has occurred, in my exper­i­ence, really accel­er­ates recov­ery for the injury.

This was a very heavy duty sprained ankle. In nor­mal cir­cum­stances, I doubt very much we would have got him onto the play­ing field, but this was a must-win game to get into the grand final for a whole season’s work. He didn’t dare front up to the coach and say that he sprained his ankle play­ing touch foot­ball three days before this very import­ant game. So we worked actu­ally twice a day – we worked on the Thursday night, twice on the Friday, twice on the Saturday and then again on the Sunday morn­ing before the game.

I am delighted to report that he actu­ally com­pleted the entire game. We had his sprained ankle strapped up securely cer­tainly, but without that type of acu­punc­ture treat­ment, I doubt that he would have been able to make it onto the pad­dock.

There have been sev­er­al instances where I have treated people with sim­il­ar con­di­tions or sim­il­ar sever­ity of injury where recov­ery has been aided and abet­ted by the applic­a­tion of tra­di­tion­al Japanese acu­punc­ture for the sprained ankle.

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