Acupuncture Enhances Endurance Athletics Performance
Many people realize the value of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to treat sports injuries, but did you know that it can enhance athletic performance?
In 2010, a German practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine specializing in sports injuries conducted a scientific study to measure how acupuncture affects a runner’s performance. The research paper “Improved Performance in Endurance Sports through Acupuncture” appeared in the German medical publication Sportverletz Sportschaden.
The study included 3 groups of participants, all of whom were runners. One group received acupuncture, another received placebo acupuncture treatments, while the last group did not undergo any treatment at all.
For the trial, all the participants ran a distance of 5 kilometers once a week for a total of 4 weeks. At the start of the study the maximum pulse rates were taken for each runner. Their pulse rates were taken again right after finishing the run and 1, 2 and 5 minutes later.
The pulse rates for each runner were then multiplied with their respective maximum rate. This new figure is what is known as the complexity factor. These calculations provided the basis on which the researcher could draw reliable conclusions.
While all 3 groups demonstrated positive results, it was the acupuncture group which displayed “highly significant” results in the area of athletic fortitude.
Those lucky enough to be in this group yielded the most significant improvement in their running times and complexity factors. Thus, the researcher concluded definitively that acupuncture increases athletic performance in the domain of endurance sports.
Source: Benner, S., & Benner, K. (2010). Verbesserung der Leistungsfähigkeit durch Akupunktur im Ausdauersport. Sportverletzung · Sportschaden, 24(03), 140-143. doi:10.1055/s-0029-1245406
Injury Prevention and Healing
Fitness clubs across the country are full of enthusiastic individuals giving it their all to get fit or drop a few pounds. Unfortunately, trying to do too much too quickly can result in a painful price.
Common sports injuries treated by acupuncture and Oriental medicine include pulled muscles, neck pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, lower back strain, pulled groin, hamstring strain, runner’s knee, shin splints, ankle sprain, tendinitis, and foot pain.
Treatment for a sports injury with acupuncture and Oriental medicine has two objectives:
1. Reduce pain and inflammation of the injured area.
There is evidence that acupuncture can aid healing and resolution of injuries, including reducing pain, increasing local micro-circulation and attracting white blood cells to the area (both of which speed the healing rate), and aid dispersal of swelling and bruising.
2. Prevent further injuries and enhance athletic performance.
The best way to approach a fitness program without causing injury is to avoid diving in. Instead, take it slow and get the joints and muscles you haven’t used in a while ready to be used again.
If you suffer a setback in your fitness routine, call today for more information about treatment options