Every athlete is treading on a fine line- the harder you push yourself, the more vulnerable your body becomes to the effects of fatigue. From upper respiratory illness, to muscle injury and back pain, the body's ability to fight off malefactors is lowered in the period of time immediately following exercise. The traditional response is to combine diet, stretching and rest to help the body restore itself so that you can challenge it anew. However, there is a breaking point that every athlete can reach in which the body's immunity is overwhelmed. Acupuncture has been shown time and again to be an effective treatment for increasing immunity in the immediate aftermath of exercise.
Acupuncture boosts the body's immune response by increasing circulation and fighting off inflammation. From the Traditiona Chinese Medicine perspective, acupuncture regulates the body's energy pathways. In Western Medicine, this effect is experienced as improving blood flow throughout the body. Furthermore, acupuncture has powerful anti-inflammatory capacities. Because inflammation is now thought to be the base of so many diseases, the anti-inflammatory effect of acupuncture is seen as an effective aid for the body's immune response in battling off illness when energy reserves are low.
During any interval of training, acupuncture is recognized as an effective aid for improving immunity and resistance to illness. Receiving treatments in the hours following intense exercise increases circulation, oxygen and nutrient flow and allows your body to rest and recuperate effectively for the training ahead. If you are interested in using acupuncture to improve athletic performance, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.