The Lotus Center of Ann Arbor - Acupuncture & Integrative Healthcare

Sports Injuries

“I hurt my right shoulder from tennis. One of my friends gave me a certificate for an initial session. After a detailed counseling and Q&A, I received my first acupuncture treatment. The pain I was suffering from was gone, after a 30-minute treatment. I am very pleased with the treatment and attentiveness only Brodie can extend to his patients. His professionalism and diagnostic experience are impeccable”.  Y.T

Acupuncture has a very successful record with sports injuries, in fact – today many professional and college sports teams have acupuncturists on staff to decrease healing times and address other health concerns.  In our practice, we have found acupuncture to be an extremely effective modality for treating athletes of all types.  Our wide range of experience includes helping professional athletes reduce their healing time, to increasing range of motion for the weekend golfer.

Commonly seen Sports Injuries that typically respond well to acupuncture treatments include:


  • pulled muscles
  • tennis elbow
  • low back pain
  • ankle sprain
  • tendonitis
  • shin splints
  • knee pain
  • repetitive motion injuries
  • cramping and spasms
  • rotatorcuff injuries

Benefits of Acupuncture for athletes include:

  • Reduced pain and swelling
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved  recovery time
  • Increased strength and stamina
  • Relaxed muscles
  • Improved  circulation

Acute vs chronic pain

All injuries should be properly assessed before beginning acupuncture treatments to rule out something serious, such as a fracture.  That said, the sooner we can treat you after the injury the better chance we have of assisting your body and restoring optimal recovery.  Depending on the severity of the injury, it’s quite common to see improvement within the first two sessions.

Chronic Injuries – meaning those that have persisted over time can prove to be more stubborn when it comes to healing time.  While more sessions are typically needed, patients generally see progress and feel improvement throughout their course of treatment.

click here to read interview with acupuncturist Brodie Burris about TCM and sports medicine

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