SPORTS MEDICINE: Earthing is new post game recovery practice consideration for hockey players

Multi-disciplinary research has revealed that electrically conductive contact of the human body with the surface of the Earth (grounding or earthing) produces intriguing effects on physiology and health. Such effects relate to inflammation, pain, stress, immune responses, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. For sports people  it improves  recovery from muscle soreness (DOMS) and pain.

What are the benefits of using earthing to treat sports injuries?

The following video explains the benefits of utilizing earthing techniques by cyclists in the Tour de France

Also the following medical imaging above shows reduction in inflammation from sleeping grounded. Medical infrared imaging shows warm and painful areas (upper parts of the panel A). Sleeping grounded for 4 nights resolved the pain, and the hot areas cooled. Note the significant reduction in inflammation and a return toward normal thermal symmetry.

Dr Jeff Spencer, a prominent sports medicine specialist and former Olympic cyclist based in Pasadena, California who uses Earthing in his treatment of athletes.  In his book Earthing: the most important discovery ever states “Regardless of the extent of the injury, pain reduction is significant with Earthing compared to ice; frequently, 40 to 50 per cent less. I have never experienced that kind of healing with icing. Recovery time is significantly reduced.”

Using Indoor earthing equipment

The beauty about earthing techniques is that hockey players experiencing injuries or overuse soreness (DOMS) can utilise earthing equipment themselves once they have acquired knowledge on application procedures. All you need is the earthing patch kit which consists of

  • 1 x pouch of patches
  • 1 x coil cord
  • 1 x Adapter Plug with built-in Splitter


How to utilise earthing patches

The key is to apply an Earthing patch on the skin – over or adjacent to the injury site – and then a second patch to a primary acupuncture point on the same side of the body. That means the palm of a hand, if the injury is above the waist or to the K1 point on the bottom of the foot for an injury to the lower extremities. The following video explains how to apply earthing patches.

With Earthing you also have an ideal situation where you can go to sleep with the patches applied to the injury area and get continuous treatment. For added effect, you also can use other Earthing products, like an Earthing mat or sheet.’ The earthing sheet is to sleep on which is also good to reduce inflammation while you sleep as per benefits described in the above thermal image.


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