Acupuncture for Athletes
Sports Performance and Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been around for centuries and has only recently become poplular among American athletes. Acupuncture is now one of the leading recommendations by all healthcare providers for competitive athletes.
Olympic athletes and weekend warriors are now, more than ever, turning to acupuncture for injury prevention, pain relief, improving recovery, and even increasing stamina, strength, and flexibility.
Acupuncture and Chiropractic are now sought out by most professional athletes and Olympians to stay at their peak level of performance and injury free. Have you noticed at your Crossfit box the occasional athlete who presents with the circular purple marks all over their body as if they were attacked by an octopus? They likely just saw their acupuncturist who did some cupping.
Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with massage or Chiropractic but goes deeping into the healing process through helping the body balance and heal itself by allowing energy to flow from meridian points (the energy pathways defined by Tradidional Chinese Medicine). This energy needs to flow freely in order to allow the body to function at an optimal level.
While surgery or medications should be a last resort for most sports injuries sustained by athletes, Acupuncture can be an extremely effective means of recovery for sciatica, muscle tension, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, back pain, neck pain, headaches, pulled tendons, rotator cuff injuries, and even frozen shouler. This is a perfect alternative to many Western medicine approaches in that it works fast, and withouth the side effects of pharmaceuticals.