Groin Pain related to Running

Running is a physically demanding sport that often results in a variety of injuries. From weekend warriors to elite professionals, runners frequently experience acute and chronic pain, muscle spasms, inflamed tissues, and impaired tonicity.

Groin pain is a common complaint among athletes, particularly runners. This is where acupuncture comes into play, especially the Integrative Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture approach developed by NAOKI HATTORI. This blog post will explore the ways in which this specialized treatment system can help runners reduce pain, recover from injury, and improve their overall health and well-being.


Acupuncture for Sports with NAOKI HATTORI Traditional Japanese Therapy

At NAOKI HATTORI Traditional Japanese Therapy, we have developed a unique treatment system known as Integrative Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture. This approach combines the essence of both modern modalities and traditional Japanese therapies to provide the best option for the treatment of an athletes’ body and mind. It is especially effective for the assessment and treatment of acute & chronic pain and also the body/mind dysfunction symptoms that arise due to myofascial trigger points, muscle spasms, inflamed tissues, tension, and impaired tonicity.

The purpose of this treatment is to find and address the root cause of your acute & chronic pain, restore your physical capabilities to a pre-injury level, and help you to acquire an improved level of overall health and fitness that will minimize further injuries. It is particularly well-suited for reducing inflammation and alleviating pain since it stimulates a positive biophysiological cascade.


The Case of Mr J

Mr J, a 35-year-old elite runner, visited us three weeks before his first ultramarathon. He had been suffering from groin pain for more than six months. He had also begun to experience recurring knee pain and shin splints during his training runs, which were starting to affect his confidence and performance.

His symptoms made him an ideal candidate for the Integrative Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture approach, and we commenced a course of treatment with him. His individualized therapy focused on addressing the root causes of his pain, which were identified as a combination of myofascial trigger points, muscle spasms, and inflamed tissues in the groin area. The treatment also addressed his knee pain and shin splints, which were linked to increased muscle tension and compromised tonicity.

The treatment involved a combination of standard acupuncture techniques, electroacupuncture, and trigger point dry needling. These techniques were used to reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and restore his physical capabilities to a pre-injury level.

After two sessions, he reported a significant reduction in his groin pain. His knee pain and shin splints also improved, and he was able to resume his training runs without discomfort. By the time of the ultramarathon, he was pain-free and able to perform at his best.



Integrative Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture is a promising approach for treating groin pain in athletes. It not only addresses the immediate pain and discomfort associated with an injury, but also works towards restoring the overall balance of the body and mind, promoting faster recovery and helping to prevent future injuries.

At NAOKI HATTORI Traditional Japanese Therapy, we are committed to combining evidence-based approaches with the most effective complimentary and integrative medicine to provide the best care possible for every athlete.