Acupuncture For Ankle Pain

Ankles are peculiar parts of our bodies, providing a pivotal role as a limber joint that enables our feet to bend, twist, jump, and turn in a variety of ways. For a region that plays such a critical role, it might seem funny how dainty and tiny our ankles are, especially given the weight they have to support on a daily basis. Therefore, it is not uncommon at all to be someone that deals with chronic ankle pain or discomfort.

Ankles are such easy victims of sprains, falls, bumps, and bruises that generally, 25,000 people will sprain or injure their ankle in the U.S. on any given day.

Especially for the aging population, ankles become easy places for breaks due to the decay of bones, as well as a location of pain as natural cartilage and support tissues breaks down overtime. Subsequently, the ankle becomes an easy victim of arthritis pain, which is anything but enjoyable.

If you are someone with ankle pain, whether it’s from aging, a sporting injury, or just wear and tear overtime, as you can see, you are not alone. Let’s look at one non-invasive treatment for this kind of discomfort.

Small needles are strategically placed around the ankle joint and bone region, opening up the meridians that were identified by the ancient Chinese when they created acupuncture. Through opening up blood flow, reducing swelling, and pain alleviation, ankle joints are more easily able to heal themselves and produce a decrease in pain on a daily basis. Although Western doctors do not acknowledge the existence of meridians, otherwise known as energy flows, within the body, acupuncturists take a different approach.


Has acupuncture been medically proven to reduce pain?

In an article published on Health Harvard, the author explores the different acupuncture studies in the world, and confirms that acupuncture has in fact been proven to reduce pain in the ankle and other joint-based regions of the body: Used for thousands of years, the practice has remained relevant due to its easy results and tangible pain relief that can not be debated. Additional examples of acupuncture pain relief for the ankle and wrist region can be found here:


How soon should I make an acupuncture appointment for my ankle pain?

In all cases, the sooner the better. The sooner acupuncture is able to free up blood flow, reduce pain, and reduce swelling, the more quickly your ankle will be able to try and heal itself. However, acupuncture is still effective, no matter how long you wait, due to its opening of energy channels.


What is the general acupuncture treatment schedule for ankle pain?

Should you elect to pursue ankle acupuncture, we recommend treatment once or twice per week for three to six weeks, then a reevaluation is provided.


Is ankle acupuncture invasive or dangerous?

Although tiny needles are inserted into the skin based on meridian channel flows, the needles are barely immersed more than 1-2 layers of skin, making acupuncture a non-invasive treatment option. Therefore, acupuncture is safer than surgeries, experimental medications, and addictive drugs that are rising in an epidemic right now. Instead, ankle acupuncture is a non-addictive and entirely holistic option. 


Can ankle acupuncture help prevent the formation of blood clots in my ankle injury?

We we suffer from major injuries, sprains, and tears, one very real fear is the formation of blood clots. These clots can travel through our blood streams to our hearts and brains, causing strokes, heart attacks, and other lethal side effects that are anything but pleasant. Through stimulation circulation to the affected region thanks to acupuncture, our bodies are able to breakdown the built up chemicals and reduce swelling before blood clots are developed:


Why try ankle acupuncture?

We thought you’d never ask! Although the benefits are numerous, here are some of the top reasons why you should consider this course of treatment:

  • Ankle acupuncture is a non-invasive treatment that requires no surgeries, no anesthesia, and no recovery time. It’s a simple technique that is administered one to two times per week for ultimate results, barely disturbing your body’s natural homeostasis in the process.
  • It has been proven to work, as cited by the studies above. Countless studies have confirmed that acupuncture: reduces swelling, alleviates pain and built up tension, and stimulates blood flow in the affected region.
  • With stimulated blood flow, your body is able to effectively treat the afflicted region while flushing out toxins and other unwanted build ups that occur as a result of blockages.
  • It has been working for thousands of years and isn’t going anywhere. There is something to be said for that!


How long should I treat my ankle pain with acupuncture?

Every person is different, which is why we make a unique strategy for each and every individual. However, we recommend pursuing acupuncture treatment one to two times per week for 3-6 weeks. At that point, we will evaluate the situation and make necessary adjustments moving forward.


Will acupuncture provide relief to regions outside of my ankle?

Acupuncture can be administered to any region of the body, creating pain alleviation that can be felt far and wide after treatments. Although the focus will be on your ankle, acupuncture will provide any food and toe relief, shin and calf relief, and even relief up through your leg and into your hips, thanks to the alignment of your spine with the bones in your body. That’s why it’s also important to identify the source of your ankle pain, and where it is coming from. That is something we can do with you when you elect to visit us for ankle acupuncture pain treatment.


Is ankle acupuncture safe for everyone?

No matter your weight, age, or physical state, acupuncture is a non-invasive holistic practice that works for everyone. With no risk or side effects, it’s definitely something you should consider adding to your weekly pain management schedule. You will not regret it.

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