No matter your level of athletic ability, simply putting your body through the demands of physical activity causes stress to your muscles. Systemic muscular stress is associated with fatigue, decreased athletic performance and injury; not surprisingly, acupuncture is becoming one of the premier ways to respond to these limitations. In a sports setting, acupuncture is used to:
Athletes across the world are finding that acupuncture is a natural, effective tool that helps them reach peak levels of performance. So how does it work?
Acupuncture focuses on restoring muscle balance and function. It is able to do this in a variety of ways: firstly, when we activate an acupuncture point, it stimulates the production of nitric oxide. allowing blood vessels to relax and opening the arteries. This results in more oxygen and nutrient flow to your muscles, helping them to rebuild quickly and effectively. This overall uptick in circulation contributes to a reestablishment of homeostasis, or balance, throughout the body, helping your musculoskeletal system to reach peak levels of performance.
What's more, your recvovery post-workout relies on relaxation. After exercise, our muscles are often in state of tension that is counterproductive to recovery, while also causing us to feel stiff and sore. Acupuncture releases endorphins that fight pain and necourage muscle relaxation.
Acupuncture can help you become a better athlete by encouraging musculoskeletal balance, boosting circulation and improving the effectiveness and speed of your recovery between workouts. If you are interested in finding out how acupuncture can take you to the next level of sports performance, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.