Acupuncture for exercise recovery.

acupuncture for muscle recovery

A body in motion, stays in motion. 

Exercising is one of the most beneficial activities we can do for our body to increase livelihood and longevity. Once you've made up your mind to live a fit and healthy lifestyle, nothing can deter you. 

But... as most exercise enthusiasts know, overtime the body can become tight, repeated action of muscle contraction and relaxation can develop knots, and injuries are bound to happen. 

Acupuncture is commonly utilized in the intervention of pain and has also been gaining popularity in sports medicine. Professional and college athletes are treated with acupuncture and cupping therapy for the relief of soft tissue injuries such as sprains and muscle strains.

Most common injuries from exercising.

  1. Shoulder injuries involving rotator cuff muscles
  2. Herniated disc(s) in cervical and/or lumbar region
  3. Knee injuries
  4. Hamstring strain
  5. Calf strain
  6. Quadriceps muscle contusion

No matter how skilled a person is, injuries can happen, but recovery does not have to be a long process affecting days and weeks of exercise restraint. 

How acupuncture helps exercise recovery.

The goal of acupuncture is to eliminate pain, reduce inflammation, increase mobility by reducing muscle tightness and spasms, and re-activate the injured, weakened muscle. Acupuncture will address these issues and promote a faster recovery.

When acupuncture needles are inserted into the body, the needles go through multiple layers including the skin (epidermis and dermis), subcutaneous tissue and muscles. Each of the layers contain special structures, cells and nerve endings that respond to needling. There are abundant blood vessels, hairs and hair follicles, oil glands, and sweat glands as well as neural receptors. 

During acupuncture local free-nerve endings and specialized neural receptors receive stimulation that is then transformed into nerve impulses and sent to the central nervous system (CNS). When the central nervous system responds to these signals, efferent nerve fibers carry impulses away from the central nervous system to target organs such as muscles. 

Acupuncture creates a communicative pathway from injured area to the central nervous; the CNS automatically responds to the injured site by secreting the body's natural opioids, thus reducing severity of pain and stimulating recovery. 

Exercise injuries.

When people have injuries due to exercise, the pain can be excruciating. The initial thought for recovery is to ice the area and refrain from exercise all together. However, acupuncture and cupping is a superior way to recovery and should be utilized to prevent such injuries. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment call or text 646.854.619. You can also book online. We have affordable monthly acupuncture rates for ongoing care to address your health care needs.

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