Acupuncture for N.F.L. Players

By Keith Allison (originally posted to Flickr as 112606 206) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsMany patients in my acupuncture clinic are talking about the article in last week’s New York Times.

This article tells how NFL players are now regularly using acupuncture to help heal from injuries and recover from their grueling schedule. It makes sense.  Acupuncture reduces pain, relieves stress, lowers inflammation, and makes you feel better overall.

Many pro athletes are now using acupuncture as part of their health maintenance program.  Acupuncture can help serious athletes by keeping muscles loose, decreasing inflammation, and increasing circulation.

Of course, it also can treat specific ailments as well, like rotator cuff injuries, neck pain, sciatica, and elbow pain.

You Don’t need to be a Pro Athlete to Benefit from Acupuncture

Acupuncture can benefit everyone from a pro athlete, to a weekend warrior,  a marathon runner, new parents, or just if you have neck pain from stress.

Wherever you are acupuncture can help. This is because acupuncture helps to benefit both the mind and the body.  Relaxing muscles and the nervous system.

Many people feel overall benefits from acupuncture including relaxation, improved sleep, improved digestion, and stress relief. Many people remark that they concentrate better after getting acupuncture.

Acupuncture helps you rehab

Acupuncture is not only helpful for overall wellness, it can also help rehab from injuries.

Preventing injuries is important.  Staying healthy with stretching and proper form will help. But when you get injured, acupuncture can help stimulate muscles to heal. Acupuncture works well when combined with stretching, physical therapy, and training programs.

Many people will do acupuncture while beginning their training for the marathon. I have helped many marathon runners with back pain.

One of the great things about acupuncture is that is can treat many issues at the same time.  People coming in for back pain will often feel they are sleeping better and have more energy.

Get Acupuncture, Feel Better!

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Joseph Alban, L.Ac.
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