Acupuncture and Sports

Does acupuncture have a place in the world of sports & major athletes?  It certainly does.  It plays a bigger role in the long term health and performance of athletes than most people would guess.  Any sports fan knows that major athletes need to find ways to improve their performance and gain an edge over their competition.  Acupuncture is helping out in both aspects. According to an article written by Jeanne Rose, there are three main health benefits an athlete can gain from receiving acupuncture treatments.  These are relieving muscle and joint pain, easing stress or anxiety and improving circulation which promotes healing.  The need for pain relief for athletes is obviously one that needs to be addressed regularly.  Injuries are common and acupuncture not only helps to relieve  pain associated with these injuries, but can also relieve pain from overall feelings of achiness or stiffness in the muscles and joints.

Acupuncture oxygenates tissues, calms the nervous system, stimulates hormone production, and decreases inflammation.  It also stimulates the body’s innate healing response, making it a perfect treatment for athletes hoping to improve performance or get back into the game after an injury.

Several well know athletes are believers in the benefits of acupuncture.  Superstar Charles Barkley has been using acupuncture since the early nineties.  Some of our own Arizona Suns players including Kevin Johnson and Steve Nash have been known to get acupuncture treatments.  Professional golfer, Fred Couples uses acupuncture to keep his swing in shape.  There is even an official acupuncturist for the NFL who treats 40 players on various teams including the Jets, Giants, Steelers, Bengals and Dolphins.

From Golfers Elbow to muscle strains, acupuncture has become a vital tool in maintaining health and healing the wear and tear that competitive sports can put on the body.  Check out the link below to find out more about how ilumina can treat your sports injuries and pain.

Written by: Heather Scheuring


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