Acupuncture for Sports Performance & Pain Relief - Acupuncture Awareness Week

Acupuncture for Sports Performance & Pain Relief - Acupuncture Awareness Week

It’s Acupuncture Awareness Week (7th to 13th March 2016) and this year, its focus is on sport and exercise.

A report released to mark the annual event states that ‘almost three in ten Brits exercise more now than they did ten years ago but more than half say they have been injured during sport in the past, and one in three claim to have never recovered from their injuries.’

If this sounds all too familiar then why not try acupuncture Our expert acupuncture practitioner, Laura Ichajapanich, explains a little more about how one of the oldest documented systems of medicine in history can help you achieve peak performance and relieve you from sports injury pain.

Acupuncture can help to enhance exercise performance and post-exercise recovery, according to a recent research review*. Whether you're training for an ultra marathon, doing a regular yoga class or on a fitness program, sports injuries can halt you in your stride and cause serious pain.

Injuries can be caused by trauma as a result of a sudden impact or awkward movement, or can develop over time often due to continual use of the same joints or muscle groups.

It is believed that pain or illness can occur if the flow of energy gets blocked or disrupted. Traditional acupuncture improves the body’s natural healing process by stimulating specific points on the body to regulate the flow of energy once again.

Gold medal winning Olympian, Rebecca Adlington, finds acupuncture beneficial for an ongoing shoulder injury but it has been proven to relieve pain in a wide range of sports injuries, including:

  • Shoulder & neck pain (bursitis, tendonitis)
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Knee pain (chondromalacia patella, patellofemoral pain syndromes)
  • Foot pain (plantar fasciitis)
  • Back pain (acute lumbar strain)
  • Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome)
  • Soft tissue disease Acupuncture is believed to relieve symptoms of sports injuries, such as pain and inflammation by:
  • Stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins
  • Delivering analgesia via alpha-adrenoceptor mechanism
  • Increasing the release of adenosine, which reduces sensitivity to pain
  • Reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors
  • Improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation, which aids dispersal of swelling

Laura Ichajapanich MSc MBAcC is an acupuncturist at Belsize Health specialising in musculoskeletal pain. If you have a niggling exercise injury or would like to enhance your sporting performance then come and see Laura, at Belsize Health Clinic, for a free 15-minute consultation during Acupuncture Awareness Week 7-13 March 2016. Or to book your free 15 minute consultation email

Laura Ichajapanich Credentials: MSc - Masters degree in Acupuncture (with Distinction) MBAcC - member of the British Acupuncture Council

"I have seen Laura twice for acupuncture which has really helped me. The first was for shin splints ahead of a marathon, which I went on to do without any pain in my shins. The second was for back pain before a long bike race - again with positive results. Laura knows her stuff and I would definitely recommend her. I'll be going back should any issues re-emerge."

Dan, parliamentary lobbyist


Come to Belsize Health Clinic on Wednesday 9th March 2016 between 4pm & 6pm for the chance to win a free ½ hour acupuncture session!

All you need to do is pop a balloon with an acupuncture needle to see if you have won! We have two free sessions to give away. See you there and good luck!