Treat Sports Injury and Pain with Acupuncture (Blaine, MN)

Treat Sports Injury and Pain with Acupuncture (Blaine, MN)

Sports Injury Pain

Sports Injury is commonly treated with Acupuncture, whether it is a back injury, acute pain due to strain or sprain or a repetitive stress disorder causing chronic pain and stiffness.

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Acupuncture and Stagnation

Injury leads to stagnation in tissues. Stagnation leads to pain. Acupuncture reduces stagnation and pain.

How Acupuncture treats pain

Acupuncture increases circulation by moving the blocked “Qi” or energy. This improved circulation brings blood and nourishment to the injured area.

Pain is relieved by stimulating acupuncture points. This prompts nerve fibers in the extremities to communicate with the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland (at the base of the brain).

Acupuncture prompts the body to release pain-relieving biochemicals in the body.

Biochemicals block pain and have a calming, anti-depressant effect.

Acupuncture helps release endorphins. This may explain how acupuncture treats anxiety, depression and post-partum depression in Blaine.

Endorphins transmit electrical signals in the nervous system, affecting dopamine levels and  depression.

Acupuncture and the Pituitary Gland

The pituitary gland provides critical hormones. It is the “Master” gland and helps regulate functions of other endocrine glands, including the thyroid gland, adrenal glands, testes/ ovaries.

This may explain how acupuncture treats hormonal imbalance.


Acupuncture and Thyroid Imbalance

Acupuncture helps hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism patients to balance their body. Acupuncture treats thyroid disease issues such as:

  • Body temperature regulation (too hot/ too cold/ over-heating)
  • Perspiration (excessive/ night sweat/ hot flash/ inability to sweat)  e
  • Energy level (Nervous/ anxious/ restless energy or low energy)

Acupuncture treats Adrenals

Acupuncture treats adrenal burn-out patients who become easily overwhelmed and exhausted by everyday stress.


The Hypothalamus on Acupuncture

The hypothalamus controls the endocrine system, sleep, appetite and temperature control which may explain how acupuncture is used to treat insomnia, weight loss, and hot flashes near Andover, MN.

See the World Health Organization (WHO) for a list of what acupuncture treats.


Acupuncture Speeds Recovery Post-Surgery

Hospitals and clinics now use acupuncture as part of post-op patient care:

  • back surgery
  • knee surgery
  • hip-replacement surgery

After surgery, fibrous scar tissue develops, which causes blood stasis, stagnation and pain. Acupuncture functions to:

  • increase circulation to the area
  • decrease scar tissue formation
  • improve recovery time

Mike is a trained practitioner (with a 4-year Master degree in Acupuncture), licensed through the MN Board of Medical Practice. He is nationally certified by the National Commission Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).


Patients at Ackerman Acupuncture receive individualized care using acupuncture. Lifestyle, including food therapy is reviewed with the patient to support long-term pain relief.

Additional treatments may be included, such as: cupping, herbs, supplements, vitamins, pain-relieving muscle/ joint liniments and pain relief patches to treat your sports injury in Anoka.

“Your acupuncturist at Ackerman Acupuncture may use muscle testing, as well as testing for ligament, tendon, bone and joint function.”

Acupuncturist experts may make recommendations to you, including: referring you to your Primary Care Physician for imaging tests to rule out structural damage or labs for blood work screening to rule-out other root causes of pain or dysfunction.

Acupuncturists may also give patient referrals to physical therapy, massage, chiropractic or other therapies, when appropriate.

Sports Injuries/ Pain Acupuncture treats:



  • knee pain
  • knee pain due to medial meniscus injury
  • knee pain due to lateral meniscus tear
  • knee pain due to medial collateral ligament injury

  • How does acupuncture treat joint pain ?

  • knee pain due to patellar tendonitis
  • knee pain due to ilio-tibial band syndrome (Runner’s knee)
  • leg pain from shin splints (Anterior Tibial Stress Syndrome) and (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
  • sciatica pain 
  • How to tell: Is it sciatic pain?

  • calf pain
  • ankle pain due to plantar fasciitis 
  • ankle pain due to lateral inversion
  • ankle pain due to sprain
  • tendonitis, nerve impingement or tendon impingement

Acute Pain Tips

  • I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation)
  • See Primary Care Physician/Urgent Care/E.R for sudden, severe pain
  • Eat low- inflammation diet


Mike Ackerman, LAc specializes in Acupuncture Sports Injury Pain treatments including Repetitive Stress Injury and Back Pain near Andover, MN.

Mike Ackerman, LAc receives patient referrals from Orthopedic doctors near the Anoka, Coon Rapids, Elk River, Ramsey and Maple Grove area. Call to schedule your appointment with Mike for a speedier recovery from sports injury and pain, so you can get back in the game sooner.


Ackerman Acupuncture is conveniently located at 2331 108th Ln NE, in beautiful Blaine, MN.

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Written by A Ackerman, LAc.


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This article is not intended to replace any health care.

No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

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