Acupuncture is an alternative form of Chinese medicine that works with the body’s pressure points to release endorphins and provide muscle relief.
The method of healing gained mainstream popularity after the 2008 Olympics; in fact, according to Active, many organizations, including the U.S. Open of Surfing, keep a licensed acupuncturist on staff.
Not only does acupuncture increase physical well being, but it also helps with emotional well being. According to UC San Diego, hundreds of studies have proven that acupuncture can also help with conditions ranging from “musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others)
Acupuncture has also been used to treat muscles spasms and pain, as well as allergies.
For athletes, who must rely on both physical health and mental fitness to excel in their chosen sport, acupuncture is a valuable method for staying in the best shape possible.
While the alleviation of pain is an obvious advantage for athletes, the myriad other health benefits of acupuncture can apply to active individuals as well.
- Johanna Anderson LAc