Acupuncture for Sports injuries, prevention and performance
Studies show that Acupuncture has a very successful record in effectively treating and accelerating sports injuries. as well as improve performance that gives athletes a competitive edge.
Many professional sports teams and leagues (NFL, MLB, MLS, NHL) in the US as well as internationally have acupuncturists on staff to help with painful injuries and increase healing time. The use of acupuncture to treat acute and chronic injuries has been around for centuries. It was, and still is, one of the most popular means for quick healing in the martial arts sport.
Pain is one of the most common complaints in sports injuries followed by reduced or loss of function. The holistic approach of acupuncture is to treat the pain, increase your function and to return the body to its natural state without drugs or surgery.
I use M-Test as my main form of treatment and diagnosis. M-Test is currently used by a number of Pro teams in their training department. I trained under Dr. Yoshito Mukaino, M-Test founder where this form is used extensively for athletes in Japan over the past 2+ decades. I feel it is the most effective form of acupuncture available and has been tested and proven on 1,000's of athletes at Japan's Fukuoka University.
Here are a few explanations in which acupuncture can help all athletes for the weekend warrior to the seasoned professional.
Promote Muscle Relaxation
Athletes trains for hundreds of hours before tournaments in a bid to keep their bodies fit and ready to compete effectively in sports. The physical exercises that they take part in can negatively affect their muscles leading soreness and pain. Fortunately, acupuncture can evenly relax muscles, reduce inflammation and promote optimal flow of blood throughout the body.
Foster Healing Process
Injuries hinder athletes from taking part in various sporting activities especially when they involve joints and muscles. Research studies show that acupuncture can increase the rate at which you recover from injuries. This turn ensures that athlete never miss competition or valuable training sessions.
Energy Enhance and Better Sleep
Acupuncture boosts athletes’ energy levels during the day and increases their performance. Also, it helps them sleep better at night. Note that the body repairs itself and rejuvenates in preparation for the following day at night.
Pain can affect performance of any athlete no matter the kind of sport. Techniques used in acupuncture have capacity to not only reduce pain, but also eliminate it entirely. One of the major benefits of seeking this form of treatment is that you will not have to worry about side effects caused by pharmaceutical drugs. More importantly, you can rest in peace knowing that you will pass all drugs tests when taking part in local, regional and international competitions.
Improve Blood Flow
Lack of a constant supply of nutrient-rich blood to various parts of the body such as muscles can compromise your performance in the field. Studies show that acupuncture triggers production of nitric oxide in the body that causes the blood vessels to relax and widen. Increase in size of blood vessels helps to facilitate smooth flow of blood from the heart to all other body organs before, during and even after the tournament or training session.
Athletes use acupuncture because it is wonderful for relieving pain, increasing circulation, decreasing inflammation, and speeding up recovery from injuries and tough workouts. To see specific ways elite athletes have effectively used acupuncture
Acupuncture is beneficial for all athletes, in a recent blog post from Runner’s World speaks directly to the benefits of using acupuncture to treat sports injuries and for maitenance while training hard to prevent injury from occuring. The goal of acupuncture is to bring balance back to the body, which is what we’re all after so that we can train and compete at the highest level!
Here are a few more examples of how acupuncture can help your recovery and performance:
Triggers the body’s response to heal
Pinpoints the causes of pain, imbalances, and chronic injuries
Helps prevent injuries
Improves muscle fiber mobility
Improves chronic running-related stress
Maximizes the “treatment affect” by going deep into the muscles
Direct method of treatment
Increases blood flow to speed healing
Whether you’re a professional athlete or a person who likes to stay active, acupuncture can help you feel great and perform at your best!