The sun is getting brighter, the birds are starting to sing and our thoughts turn to spending more time out of doors. With increased exercise, inside or outside, comes aches, pain and injuries from overuse or trauma. Acupuncture and cupping are excellent ways to prepare for exercise and to speed healing when exercise causes pain and injury.
Acupuncture is a commonly used therapy among professional dancers and athletes, but you don’t have to be a professional to get the benefits of acupuncture. Weekend warriors, on-again off-again exercisers and hard core enthusiasts will all benefit from this therapy. It has been shown to resolve pain and speed healing in addition to decreasing inflammation, reduce swelling and bruising, relaxing muscles and decreasing spasms. Recent studies show that acupuncture can offer pain relief for a variety of conditions including chronic neck, back and shoulder pain.
So we know that acupuncture works for pain once an injury occurs. What is less commonly known is that acupuncture can be beneficial to athletes (pro or not) before an injury occurs. How? Acupuncture works best when combined with good health and exercise habits.
- Brings you into balance which helps with stress and anxiety. Being more focused and relaxed improves athletic performance. Being in balance benefits the shen (the mind) and not only helps on the playing field or in the gym but also with handling the day-to-day stresses we all live with.
- Provides a drug free way to help you get the rest you need especially if you have insomnia or wake frequently during the night.
- Strengthens the immune system. Studies have shown that acupuncture improves the function of T-cells that kill bacteria and viruses. Less sick time = more fun time.
- Speeds recovery time. Acupuncture decreases pain from muscle soreness and speeds healing from sprains and strains.
- Increases awareness of not only your body but also the interaction of the body-mind-emotion connection. Being aware and mindful of what’s happening around you helps not only in sports or exercise but also in life.
- Acupuncture is useful when trying to retrain yourself to end bad habits, not only exercise but also eating or drinking too much.
As winter turns towards spring, consider adding acupuncture to support your healthy lifestyle.
At Ancient Alternatives, we provide treatment tailored to your needs.
Remember, acupuncture has been keeping people healthy for over 2,000 years