Acupuncture for Athletes
No matter whether you’re a casual runner or you play competitive sports, you want to be at the top of your game. You probably already know that a good diet, careful stretching, and strengthening your muscles is important. However, what you may not know is that acupuncture should be included in that list.
Acupuncture has been used to improve athletic performance and recovery for years. Olympic athletes frequently include acupuncture as part of their warm-up or cool-off routines. Dee Dee Trotter, a US Olympic runner, even brought her own personal acupuncturist with her to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps made waves for his inclusion of cupping, another form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), as part of his recovery and performance plan.
Acupuncture is well-known for being relaxing and can help you recenter before a game, but its benefits extend well past just being a pleasant way to unwind. It can produce noticeable physical improvements, allowing you to perform at your best.
Athletes are no strangers to injury, especially when it comes to tears, strains, and sprains. When they happen, recovery can be a lengthy and painful process. Acupuncture encourages your body to go into a natural healing mode. This means that your body produces natural painkillers to help ease aches, relaxes your muscles to reduce cramps, and increases blood circulation to allow injuries to heal more quickly – all without the use of any drugs.
Sure, acupuncture can help you heal more efficiently and effectively, but if you’re not hurt, there’s no reason to make an appointment, right? Wrong. Regular acupuncture sessions can actually improve your performance by working in several different ways.
Acupuncture helps your muscles relax, reducing tightness and decreasing swelling or bruising. This allows for greater flexibility and mobility. Acupuncture also improves and increases your body’s levels of nitric oxide. This is responsible for relaxing your blood vessels and increasing blood flow, which can boost your energy levels, allowing you to reach new heights in your training and improve your athletic performance.
Acupuncture stimulates the production and release of endorphins, which can help balance your mood and promote reduced levels of stress and anxiety. It also helps regulate your production of cortisol and serotonin, which are responsible for the quality and length of nightly sleep. By helping your body remain in optimal condition, acupuncture can help you maintain the health of both your body and your mind, encouraging you to reach your full potential as an athlete.
At All Points Acupuncture and Wellness Clinic, we have a keen appreciation for the dedication and training required for athletic performance, and our goal is to help you achieve the highest possible level of wellness in your life.
Call today and discover for yourself how acupuncture can change your life for the better.