5 Ways Acupuncture Can Help Athletes
Sports acupuncture at FIX Body Group is not only for high profile athletes – but for any of us striving for health maintenance, performance enhancement, and pain relief. However, taking their example proves that the process works and can help you too! Several Olympic athletes have used and continue to utilize this treatment, including gymnast and gold medalist McKayla Maroney who used acupuncture along to help speed the healing of her big broken toe and get her back in shape for the vault jump for the 2012 games. 400 meter dynamo Dee Dee Trotter is another example, along with Amy Acuff (who actually practices acupuncture!), who both rely on acupuncture for maintenance as well as for faster recovery from injuries.
How acupuncture helps athletes stay in top form
Olympic athletes are men and women who depend on their bodies to work expertly under stressful and difficult conditions. We can adopt some of their methods of healthcare for ourselves.Most of us are never going to somersault into the air or hurl ourselves over a bar six feet above the ground but we can certainly learn some of the methods that these amazing athletes use to keep themselves in world class form.
Athletes Depend On Acupuncture For 5 Important Reasons
1. Pain relief: Acupuncture is well known for its powerful ability to reduce and often eliminate pain. This is a huge attraction for athletes who are plagued by strain and injury. Using acupuncture to relieve pain, the athletes never have to worry about experiencing side effects from pharmaceutical drugs or failing a drug test. How does acupuncture alleviate pain? There are several studies which have shown that when needles are inserted, they stimulate points that boost our natural painkillers. In one study, researchers at the University of Michigan (published by University of Michigan Health System in Journal of NeuroImage, Vol. 5, No. 83, 2009) found acupuncture affected the brain’s long-term ability to regulate pain.
2. Muscle relaxation: Athletes train for thousands of hours which is punishing to their bodies. Acupuncture reduces soreness from workouts and increases blood flow throughout the body. This helps athletes get ready for another day by relaxing their tight muscles and reducing inflammation.
3. Fast healing: When an athlete has to skip training or miss a competition, precious time is lost. Acupuncture helps injuries to heal faster so athletes do not miss valuable training time.
4. Energy enhancement and better sleep: Acupuncture boosts athletes’ energy when they are awake and helps them to sleep at night. The body repairs itself at night so sleeping well is vital to a good performance.
5. Improved blood flow: Acupuncture increases the amount of nitric oxide in the body. A study from UCLA Medical Center (Responses of Nitric Oxide-cGMP Release in Acupuncture Point to Electroacupuncture in Human Skin In Vivo Using Dermal Microdialysis. In Microcirculation, 2009 May, 26:1-10) concludes that one reason acupuncture is effective is because the needles increase the release of nitric oxide throughout the body. Nitric Oxide causes the blood vessels to relax and to widen, thereby opening up the arteries. This allows better blood flow to the heart and your other important organs.
Acupuncture can improve your well-being
Whether you are an Olympian, a sports enthusiast or, like most of us, a person with a busy schedule who needs all the energy you can muster, acupuncture offers many benefits. We all want to perform at our best no matter how big or small the competition; the high jump or the business meeting. Acupuncture can improve your well-being because it alleviates pain, increases blood flow, helps speed the healing of injuries, relaxes muscle tension, boosts energy during the day and helps us to sleep at night.