Can acupuncture get athletes back in the game?
You’ve heard of athletes going under the knife but have you heard of them going under the needle? When you’re wincing in pain or confined to the sidelines, can a hair-thin needle really help you find relief from strain, fatigue, or injury and jump back into the game? The answer is yes and with far less side-effects and recovery time than either drugs or surgery.
An ancient form of Chinese medicine, acupuncture dates back over 2,500 years. Perhaps that’s why, during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, it was touted as a leading approach to treat athletic injury and offer pain relief. The method has spread to our shores, too; there’s an acupuncturist on hand at the U.S. Open of Surfing each year.
How can the tiny needles inserted into the body’s “acupuncture points” support athletes in training, performance, and recovery? Essentially, by tapping into the vital energy along the correct meridians within the body to correct disruptions of energy, restore flow, and effect change.
The benefits of acupuncture for athletes, including those with knee degeneration (osteoarthritis), include:
Pain relief. When needles stimulate the acupuncture points, a flood of endorphins releases into the body. Endorphins are our body’s natural painkillers, offering both immediate and sustained relief.
Muscle relaxation. Activating acupuncture points trigger an increase of nitric oxide that helps constricted blood vessels relax and widen, opening the arteries for increased blood flow while relaxing muscles and reducing muscle soreness, fatigue, and strain.
Enhanced performance. Wider avenues for blood flow boost circulation and cardiovascular health, translating into stamina and strength.
Reduced swelling. Acupuncture prompts the body to produce cortisol, a hormone that controls inflammation of joints such as the knee.
Injury prevention. Because acupuncture promotes balance and homeostasis in the body, it lowers the risk of injury. Regular treatments enhance nerve conduction to fight inflammation and speed along the healing process.
At Natural Health, Dr. Crawford can help anyone that would like to experience some of the great benefits of acupuncture. To learn more, contact us here.
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