top of page

Call (852) 2526 7908   |   Whatsapp (852) 9855 2840   |   Email:   |   Room 1003, Winway Building, 50 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

  • Health Wise Clinic

Acupuncture For Sports Injuries

Fun fact! Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have a long history of being used to treat martial arts injuries. These treatment modalities have been used for many centuries to heal acute injuries. Keep reading this article to learn more!

If you're interested to learn more about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, visit our acupuncture page.

Health Wise is a Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture clinic located in Central Hong Kong with over thirty years of experience. We aim to deliver the best Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments in the city. Feel free to contact us today, our friendly staff will be happy to help you make an appointment:

Call: +852 2526 7908

Whatsapp: +852 9855 2840



Article Contents:

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture For Headaches

Acupuncture & Tui Na Massage For Headaches

Treatments at Health Wise

Learn more about Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture at Health Wise Chinese Medicine Consultancy For Chronic Pain Relief
Acupuncture For Sports Injuries at Health Wise Chinese Medicine Consultancy

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an age-old healing therapy within Traditional Chinese Medicine. The practitioners insert thin needles at specific points along the meridians of the body to improve the flow of "qi" and promote healing. Modern research suggests that the fascia network could be the anatomical basis for acupoints and meridians in the human body (learn more here).

Acupuncture treatments have been shown to be effective in relieving pain by approximately 50% as published in JAMA Internal Medicine, 2013. More than 3 million Americans use acupuncture annually, and this form of treatment is even more popular in France, where one in five people have tried acupuncture.

Treatments such as Herbal Therapy, Tui Na massage, and Cupping may be used in conjunction with acupuncture for better results.

Acupuncture For Acute Sports Injuries

Anecdotally, many sports clubs use acupuncture as a drug-free therapy for acute sprains and strains to reduce pain and swelling. You may be wondering why?

The typical healthcare practitioner will prescribe a conventional approach for acute injuries, such as consistent icing, wound compression, and the use of anti-inflammatory drugs. However, recent research suggests that the conventional approach may be over-treating injuries with excessive use of anti-inflammatory drugs. In trying to control swelling, we may actually impede our body’s natural response to healing. In addition, there are potential side effects that can occur from the over-use of anti-inflammatory agents such as ulcers, internal bleeding, and kidney dysfunction

With this in mind, why not adopt a different direction when treating acute athletic injuries? Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for acute sports injuries. The treatment helps to bring fresh "qi" and blood to the injured area and promotes faster recovery whilst helping the body to reshape the perception of pain being experienced. In addition, the use of external herbal balms which are applied to the skin helps to provide relaxation and strengthen the surrounding tissue.

Common traumatic injuries that acupuncture can treat:

  • Neck sprains and strains

  • Shoulder rotator cuff tears and strains

  • Wrist sprains and strains

  • Hip sprains and strains

  • Knee ligament and meniscus injuries

  • Ankle sprains and strains.

*If your specific condition is not listed, please contact our staff to see if our clinic is able to help.

Acupuncture For Cumulative Sports Injuries

Some sports injuries build up slowly over time from the repeated overuse of a particular joint or muscle group. Usually, these types of injuries start out as a dull ache that deteriorates your quality of life over time.

The best time to start getting treatment for these cumulative sports injuries is NOW. If you ignore them, it only gets worse leading to potentially debilitating problems in the future. These injuries often require a much longer recovery schedule if left untreated.

We are often asked how to distinguish between the ache of a cumulative over-use injury and the Delayed Onset Muscles Soreness (DOMS) that follows a heavy workout. Here are 3 rules to help you:

  1. Cumulative injuries are often felt in joints: shoulders, knees, elbows, wrists, and hips. On the other hand, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness is experienced in the muscles.

  1. The nagging soreness of cumulative injuries will occur during or shortly after playing sport. Muscle soreness from training begins 1 to 2 days later.

  1. Cumulative injuries will repeatedly occur in the same problem area every time. Muscle soreness usually will not.

Here is a list of common cumulative injuries that acupuncture can help to treat:

  • Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and elbow bursitis

  • Shoulder tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis, and impingement syndrome

  • Wrist tendinitis

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Hip bursitis

  • Illiotibial band syndrome

  • Knee arthritis

*If your specific condition is not listed, please contact our staff to see if our clinic is able to help.

Researchers examined the effects of TCM acupuncture and herbs on amateur and professional athletes suffering from injuries caused by physical training. The problem areas of the neck, back, and limbs were investigated.

The researchers concluded that recovery from injury was significant from applying both acupuncture and herbal therapy, whereby 84.4% of participants reported the treatment for their condition as improved, cured, or effective. With 70% for acupuncture only, the combined therapies of acupuncture & herbal therapy produced superior patient outcomes.


Learn more about treatments at Health Wise, come in for a consultation to find out if this treatment is right for your condition.

Call: +852 2526 7908

Whatsapp: +852 9855 2840



Treatments at Health Wise

Acupuncture treatments by our certified practitioners are both safe and effective. You can opt for the acupuncture-only session, or add Tui na massage or cupping to your acupuncture session.

The benefits of acupuncture compound over time, and can yield long-term health benefits. Thank you once again for reading this short article. For inquiries you can follow this link to contact us.

Learn More About Chinese Medicine

Visit our Health Wise Blog, we have several informative articles to help our patients. Here's a series of articles that we think may be beneficial:

We aim to continue to provide more useful Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture information at our Health Wise Chinese Medicine's Newsletter page.

Visit this link here to find other blog articles.

Keep up to date with our latest articles by following our social media!

43 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page