Sports injuries are very common for professional athletes, and also for active adults. Overuse injuries, repetitive strains, tendonitis, bursitis and sprains can keep active people sidelined for weeks or months at a time.
Studies have shown acupuncture is a highly effective modality in treating both acute and chronic pain stemming from sports injuries. It reduces the healing time, increases range of motion, soothes inflammation and brings heightened blood circulation to the targeted affected area. Acupuncture also promotes more restful sleep by increasing the release of melatonin, which further helps speed recovery.
Recently there is new evidence acupuncture helps increase on field sports performance. The American Journal of Acupuncture published a study that examined the effects of acupuncture on anaerobic threshold and work capacity during exercise. Researchers found that those who received acupuncture not only had lower heart rates, but had higher maximal exercise capacity and were able to handle greater workloads at the onset of blood lactate accumulation than those in the placebo group.
In South Florida where year round sunshine and warmth offer an array of options to be outdoors and active acupuncture should be considered a safe viable option to keep you free of injury and give your game a much needed boost.
Acupuncture can help:
Reduce healing time from injuries
Increase range of motion
Promote more restful sleep
Increase on-field sports performace
Increased work capacity
Lower heart rate
Promote higher maximum exercise capacity