What Are the Benefits of Acupuncture for Athletes?

What Are the Benefits of Acupuncture for Athletes?

📅February 10th, 2015, 14:44

Have you ever considered utilizing acupuncture as part of your maintenance and/or recovery plan? The benefits of acupuncture have long been known to help relax and restore muscle groups, but what are the direct benefits of acupuncture for athletes?

We firmly believe in including acupuncture as part of our regular routine, which is why we were so happy to welcome Almine Barton, L.Ac., to our team!

Acupuncture is beneficial for all athletes, but we recently found this blog post from Runner’s World and had to share as it speaks directly to the benefits of using acupuncture to treat sports injuries and for maintenance 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!

What makes acupuncture different from other types of therapy, and how can you use it to help your body recover faster as you train?  Here are just a few 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 flexibility
  • 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

Read more from this Runner’s World post for all the specifics and then check out our website for everything you need to know about our Sports Acupuncturist here at Recharge!