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Using Chinese Medicine for Sports Recovery

Ever considered using traditional Chinese medicine as part of your sports maintenance or recovery plan? The fundamental goal is to bring balance back to the body, and there are well-known benefits of using acupuncture, electrical stimulation, cupping, and herbal formulas to treat sports injuries and for sports maintenance while training to prevent injuries from occurring.

Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. It helps to relax the muscles and restore muscle movement. For sports recovery, acupuncture increases blood flow to a specific area and encourages healing. Muscle constrictions will be released, which allows the body to heal itself rather than be restrained by poor patterns of movement from pain or restrictions. Compared to other forms of treatment, acupuncture reaches deeper muscle tissue without stimulating surface muscle, making it an effective treatment for sports recovery.

Supplementary therapies used during an acupuncture treatment for sports recovery include electrical stimulation and cupping. Mild, rhythmic electrical stimulation of acupuncture needles deepens muscle restoration, including tightness and range of motion. Cupping involves pulling skin and muscle into a cup, and this negative pressure increases blood and lymph circulation, relaxes soft tissue and connective tissue, breaks up stagnation, and calms the mind. These supplementary therapies will all be included in your acupuncture treatment for sports recovery at Refuge Acupuncture.

Consistent acupuncture treatments will not only help heal an injury, but also prevent problems by maintaining flexibility and circulation to the muscles, and therefore less stress on joints and less likelihood of spraining muscles or tearing ligaments. At Refuge Acupuncture, a licensed acupuncturist will complete a thorough health history intake and then come up with a sports recovery treatment plan. Typically, it is recommended to get a treatment twice per month for sports recovery, or once per week during intense training.

Whether for sports injury or sports maintenance, traditional Chinese medicine can help improve training-related stresses to help you reach your full potential.

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