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Sports Medicine


Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine at Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center uses holistic, natural treatments that enhance your body’s natural ability to heal. Examples include dry needling, acupuncture, nutrition, kinesiology (Rock)tape, cupping, gua sha and complementary whole-food supplements when needed.

These solutions can help you avoid taking addictive pain medicine or undergoing invasive surgery for musculoskeletal injuries.

What are the benefits of sports medicine?

Some of the numerous benefits associated with sports medicine at Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center include:

  • Pain relief
  • Faster healing
  • No downtime
  • Better athletic performance
  • Non-invasive procedures
  • Better energy
  • Improvements in overall health and wellness

By stimulating your body’s natural healing response, you can get back out on the court or field quickly.

Why might I need sports medicine?

Common sports-related injuries that might warrant sports medicine treatment at Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center include:

  • Tendinitis
  • Fractures
  • Bursitis
  • ACL injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Joint injuries
  • Stiffness and inflammation
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Chronic pain

If pain associated with an injury is severe or doesn’t subside on its own after several days, see the experts at Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center for an evaluation.

Which sports medicine treatments are available?

To find the root cause of your pain and determine which sports medicine treatment is right for you, arrange a consultation with Joe to discuss your symptoms and medical history.Your personalized sports medicine treatment plan might include:


During an acupuncture treatment, your Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center specialist places tiny needles in targeted areas to stimulate healing naturally and improve your body's energy flow.

Dry needling

Dry needling is like acupuncture because it uses tiny, very fine needles. However, dry needling targets tight muscle fibers, or trigger points, to treat musculoskeletal injuries and relieve pain.


Cupping therapy uses plastic or glass cups that when used can stimulate blood flow and lymphatic drainage in the muscles.  It can also assist your joints by Increasing blood flow and secretion of synovial fluid. Some other benefits of cupping for Sports Medicine include: reduction of pain and inflammation, improving blood flow, facilitating the healing process, relaxation and deep tissue massage.


Acupressure is also like acupuncture, but without the needles. It’s similar to massage. Your acupuncturist places manual pressure on tight or injured areas to stimulate your body’s healing capability.

Nutrition and Supplements

Getting proper nutrition is a key component of sports medicine and healing. Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center uses clinical nutrition counseling, herbal medicine, and other dietary supplements to optimize healing and prevent reinjury.

Don’t live with sports-related injuries and pain or undergo invasive procedures when holistic treatments are available at Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center.


Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center
1000 Bridgeport Ave
Shelton, CT 06484
Phone: 959-600-6335
Fax: 203-345-9827

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