Acupuncture for Athletes
Athletic performance can improve, and recovery can be faster and more effective using Acupuncture.
Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay Packers has thanked his acupuncturist many times during news conferences since injuring his calf.
You might be surprised by the list of pro athletes who use acupuncture regularly: NBA players Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neil and Charles Barkley, and professional golfers Fred Couples and Gary Player. But you don’t have to be a pro to experience the benefits of acupuncture.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been around for more than 2000 years and are known to be safe, effective, and drug free therapies that can help not only a wide variety of common ailments and problems – but also can be used as an Ergogenic aid.
Ergogenic Aid – Drug-free performance enhancement
Ergogenic aids are non-training methods that improves athletic performance such as nutrition, pharmacologic solutions (some appropriate, some not), therapeutic massage, and acupuncture
Among these methods, acupuncture has emerged as key, safe alternative medical enhancer of human physical performance. Most studies of acupuncture related to physical capabilities report significant improvement of muscle performance under acupuncture treatment whether you are an athlete or not.
Sports-induced physical and mental stress disturbs metabolism in such that body systems seek to re-establish their balanced equilibrium. Acupuncture directs the body’s self-regulatory mechanisms to release chemicals that serve to reduce pain and inflammation and creates a strong homeostatic effect to restore the body’s natural healthy balance.
Studies have also shown that acupuncture has a regulatory effect on the release of neurotransmitters and neuro-hormones such as serotonin and dopamine which can positively alter brain chemistry to promote physical and emotional well-being. We know that when we feel better, and are pain-free, we perform better.