With the Pan Am Games well under way, Canada ‘s athletes are thriving in this year’s Pan Am Games. Our Canadian athletes are pushing themselves to new levels of greatness and athletic achievement in purist of more Gold Medals. These Athletes are at the top of their game in their sports with spectacular physiques and astounding skills.
To get an edge on the competition more and more athletes are taking a broader approach to their pain, training programs and recovery by incorporating acupuncture and other alternative therapies.
When Olympic bronze medalist Mark McMorris fractured a rib at the X-games. He came back to win Canada’s first medal at the Sochi Games. He said he owed it all to acupuncture and Tylenol.
Professional athletes have also embraced acupuncture to manage pain, speed up injury recovery and achieved peak performance in their sport.
Baltimore Raven Will Demps “In my extensive off-season workouts, I have notice a difference in my balance and agility since receiving acupuncture treatments…I feel my muscles have been turned on and are firing on all cylinders”
Seattle Manners “players opt for acupuncture to help their muscles rebound more quickly after intense training or to support rehabilitation and speed recovery from injuries”
Acupuncture is known as one of the oldest medicines in the world but it has become one of the newest in popularity of helping athletes. Here are 6 ways acupuncture can help athletes achieve their peak performance.
- Acupuncture can regulate nerve conduction and micro-circulation in the area of inflammation and thereby speed the healing process
- Prevention of injuries can be accomplished by promoting neurological and cardiovascular balance which will support homeostasis
- Acupuncture works at the source of pain, there by decreasing inflammation and helping to increase range of motion
- Tight muscular restriction can be released which will allow the body to work on healing itself instead of getting constantly restrained by poor patterns of movement caused by pain or restrictions
- Proprioception; the bodies’ sense of where it is in space, is a process of the muscles communicating with the nervous system. Injuries interfere with the body’s proprioception signals and creates imbalances. Acupuncture serves to relieve stress on the musculoskeletal system and is one of the quickest ways to restore muscle balance. When acupuncture is used at specific sites the muscle spindles are reset and then balance is reawakened.
- Post race acupuncture minimizes muscle fatigue and pain, enhances energy and facilitates rapid recovery. This especially important for athletes who have many races or events within a short period of time.
Acupuncture can enhance performance by fine-tuning your system, co-ordination, speed, efficiency and power. It will maximize your athletic abilities by directing energy where you need it most.