Summer is here and many of us are engaging in more outdoor activities: running, biking, tennis, golf. Along with the fun can also come numerous sports-related injuries: tennis/golf elbow, ankle strain or sprain, shin splints, tendonitis and osteoarthritis to name a few?
How Acupuncture Helps Enhance Athletic Performance:
- Treats sports injuries
- Reduces inflammation and improves range of motion
- Relieves muscle pain and spasm
- Improves circulation of blood and energy to quicken healing time
- Can effectively be used along with PT and OT
Even The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research says that acupuncture may enhance sports performance in both resistance and endurance sports.
A meta-analysis of scientific studies was completed in 2010 . Here is the abstract reviewing Acupuncture’s Role in Sports & Exercise: Ahmedov, S. Ergogenic effect of acupuncture in sport and exercise: A brief review. J Strength Cond Res 24(5): 1421-1427, 2010-
“Acupuncture is one of the most popular alternative methods applied in Western medical practice. In addition to its curative properties in various chronic conditions, demonstrated by the number of clinical trials, acupuncture has been recently applied as an enhancer of sports performance. Reviewed studies of published literature on the use of acupuncture in resistance and endurance sports activities demonstrated the association of traditional acupuncture protocol with increase of muscular strength and power. In cases regarding endurance activities, acupuncture treatment improved hemodynamic parameters of participants but not their aerobic performance. Further methodologically strong studies with inclusion of both biomedical and traditional Chinese theories are needed to assess the usefulness of acupuncture in enhancement of sports performance.”
Selected results include:
- Acupuncture delayed muscle fatigue
- Acupuncture increased rapid strength and muscle strength
- Acupuncture group showed improvement in hemodynamics
- Acupuncture users showed lower heart rates and higher velocity at anaerobic threshold levels
For a full copy of the article, acu.sports.exercise
At Wildwood Acupuncture Center–we are a family owned medically based clinic who will work in collaboration with other treatments you are receiving to enhance your treatment results.
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