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Improving Athletic Performance with Acupuncture

Athletes are often searching for ways to improve performance and gain a competitive edge. By following the principles of Oriental medicine, an acupuncture treatment can put you in the best possible position to give you just that.

Acupuncture can strengthen your body function, improve the flow of blood to specific areas of the body and helps to restore the internal harmony that takes place when you hear about athletes “getting in the zone.” You need all of your body systems working harmoniously together and at a very high level. I’m reading more and more about professional sports teams and top athletes who regularly have an acupuncturist on staff. In fact, some of the best Olympic athletes are incorporating acupuncture into their wellness programs. China’s 7 foot 6 inch basketball center, Yao Ming, used acupuncture and Oriental medicine to help him recover after undergoing surgery on his ankle in April, 2007
In what other ways can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture is also effective in alleviating pain, promoting healing and decreasing inflammation, swelling, and spasms. Because of its broad range of applications, acupuncture can be used during any of the phases of injury. Acupuncture focuses not only on treating the injury but also on treating the underlying conditions that may make someone more susceptible to injuries.

Some Commonly Treated Sports Injuries:
·         Muscle Pull
·         Neck Pain
·         Shoulder Impingement
·         Tennis Elbow
·         Lower Back Strain
·         Groin Pull
·         Hamstring Strain
·         Runner’s Knee
·         Shin Splints
·         Ankle Sprain
·         Achilles Tendonitis
·         Arch Pain
Sports injuries are most often caused by trauma (from a fall or blow) or overuse/misuse of certain muscles and the neighboring structures.   If you have a preexisting or new sports injury that’s preventing your training or recreational goals, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help.  Don’t let sports injuries keep you from enjoying life!

For more information, visit www.debifarley.com or call 804.288.3927.

©Debi Farley 2012, Debi Farley is a licensed acupuncturist, naturopath and owner of the Acupuncture Clinic of Richmond, in Richmond, Virginia. To create optimal mind/body wellness, you need specialized information, expertise and experienced teachers. Debi works with and helps individuals achieve optimal health through her private practice and educational workshops.
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