Ankle sprains occur when the ankle is twisted beyond its normal range of movement, resulting in stretching and tearing of the ligaments that connect the bones at the joint. Although sprains are often associated with sports practice, anyone can sustain such an injury in everyday life from falling or stepping over an unexpected obstacle.
An ankle sprain is characterized by acute pain, swelling, redness and bruising, and a decreased ability to move the ankle. It can make it difficult to participate in sports and daily activities, or even to walk normally for a while.
Common treatment for sprained ankles usually includes rest, elevating the affected leg and applying ice to reduce swelling. Acupuncture, Tuina and Laser Acupuncture are a very effective complement that can considerably diminish recovery time, as well as prevent and treat residual symptoms.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, physical injuries such as ankle sprains disrupt the flow of energy and blood in the body. They create areas of stagnation that, if not treated, can linger long after the injury itself has healed, causing stiffness and reduced flexibility. The akle becomes more vulnerable to chronic pain, especially in cold and damp weather, as well as to recurring sprains.
Acupuncture clears stagnation and releases blocked energy, helping to :
Decrease fluid buildup, swelling and inflammation in the ankle
Reduce acute and chronic pain
Improve joint mobility, allowing people to return to their normal daily activities very quickly.
Chinese herbs can also be used to enhance healing. Once the initial acute trauma has subsided, other methods such as Tuina massage and cupping can help to heal and strengthen the ligaments, reducing the risk of new injuries in the same area.
At the Nei Jing center of Chinese medicine, we can provide advice on all of these methods, according to your specific case. For more information, don't hesitate to contact our clinic in Jerusalem !