Acupuncture for the Athlete
All athletes and coaches are involved in an ongoing search for ways to improve performance and gain a competitive edge over their rivals. Many are finding that acupuncture can provide that edge. By following the principles of traditional oriental medicine, an acupuncture treatment can strengthen body function and restore eternal harmony and balance.
Acupuncture has been reported to improve performance in various sports. While contributing to the integration of joints, allowing movement of the body, and facilitating the circulation of qi (energy) and blood, acupuncture has also been credited with yielding higher maximal exercise capacity, helps to lower blood pressure, and improve the workings of the skeletal muscles.
Professional sports teams and top athletes often have an acupuncturist on staff to treat injuries and keep them performing at their peak. For example: baseball’s oldest players like Hall-of-Famer Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson, who is a five-time Cy Young Award winner, who was also well past the time when most pitchers retire, utilized these techniques and earned his 300th win. He was the 24th pitcher to reach that goal, and the second – oldest to do so. Jason Giambi, who started in the majors 20 years ago, used acupuncture and said it had made a huge difference for him. Now, more and more athletes are starting to use these techniques.
Although, having efficient, quality work out / exercise routines are key to maximizing the safety and success of athletes, such things as pulled muscles, neck pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, lower back strain, pulled groin, hamstring strain, runner’s knee, ankle sprain, tendonitis, and many others may occur. Such injuries can be treated by acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine may be used to help decrease swelling, spasms, and inflammation in addition to assisting with pain management, increasing range of motion and promoting healing. Due to the broad range of applications, acupuncture can be used during any of the phases of the injury healing process as well.
As acupuncture becomes more mainstream, sports teams are using it to improve their athletes’ performance. Here at The Center for Alternative Medicine, Dr Leff has been working with the athletes who are involved in frequent events related to their sport, such as racquetball, baseball, basketball, tough mudder and more.
Dr Leff has the knowledge and experience to provide you with the tools and treatment to fix the root cause of the problem. Dr Leff is a doctor of Chiropractic medicine and a certified kinesiologist. He also has fellowship and diplomate in medical acupuncture and is certified in orthopedic acupuncture. Being involved in sports himself, holding a black belt in both taekwondo and tactical black division of Krav Maga, he has the knowledge and experience to provide you with the tools and treatment to fix the root cause of the problem and prevent further injuries. Using a natural solution, you will learn to live a longer and healthier life. If you are interested in any of the great services we offer, please give us a call to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you. Have a happy and healthy day!