Whether you’re an Olympian, amateur or pro – or just a person with a busy schedule who needs all the energy you can get, acupuncture offers a wide range of benefits that can help you get the most out of your training. As human, we innately want to be at our best at all times, whether it’s at the rink, on the field or in the boardroom.
Here are some ways that acupuncture can help you, the athlete, perform better and get more out of your work out programs.
Acupuncture is know for it’s ability to reduce and in specific cases – eliminate pain altogether. Especially for athletes plagued by nagging injuries throughout a long season, acupuncture can a tremendously attractive option. Especially in today’s hyper-reactive PED culture, athletes can use acupuncture as an alternative to pain medications without fear of adverse side effects or drug violations.
Athletes spend hundreds and hundreds of hours training and conditioning their bodies. Over time, it’s only natural that there’s a degree of wear and tear on the body and muscle soreness is perhaps the most common of all those conditions. Acupuncture can help reduce the soreness that comes about from workouts as well as increase the blood flow throughout the body. Especially when an athlete is looking to grab an edge, acupuncture can help alleviate soreness and increase the amount of training they take part in.
Sleep is one of, if not the most important function in an athlete’s training regimen. During the day, they train vigorously while at night, their body heals and restores their energy, enabling them to be more productive during their workouts the next day. Acupuncture works as an outstanding supplement to any training program – as it not only helps increase energy during the day, it makes it easier to sleep at night.
Increased blood flow
Acupuncture is effective at increasing blood flow because the needles used trigger the release of nitric oxide throughout the athlete’s body. Nitric Oxide essentially relaxes and widens blood vessels and opens up arteries. In the process, blood flow is increased through the heart and other essential organs.