Swimming great Michael Phelps, NFL Pro Bowler Tony Richards, Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali, and 18-time NBA All-star Kobe Bryant are just a few of the elite athletes who receive regular acupuncture, cupping and/or tuina treatments.
How can you benefit from the same level of support at your own level of fitness? Through acupuncture’s ability to:
Reduce inflammation, increase circulation and relax tense muscles.
Speed up healingof sprains, strains and soft tissue injuries such as bruises and tendonitis.
Naturally boost energy levels.
What about cupping & sports?
US Swimmer Michael Phelps made the headlines with cupping marks during the 2016 Olympics. Cupping involves placing a glass or plastic cup in problem areas and creating a vacuum inside the cup – suction is created on the skin surface. Stationary or massage cupping is a top modality to:
Remove toxins and alleviate inflammation.
Ease stiff muscles, particularly when using massage cupping.
Promote the healing of any injury or pain, from sports or other causes.
Alleviate respiratory congestion.
Ask us if cupping could benefit you!
Herbs & Sports
In 1993 when the Chinese women’s track and field team broke multiple world records, the world found out that all the members consumed a special drink made from Cordyceps Sinensis. The modern practice of herbal medicine, diet and supplementation can contribute to:
Enhanced performance in sports and daily life.
Faster healing and recovery for injuries such as broken bones, sprains, and strains.
Less fatigue from strenuous workouts or overtraining.
Ask during your consultation about how herbs and supplements can support your active lifestyle and contribute to a balanced training regimen in any sport or activity.
Mix in blender and drink while stretching. I have fine-tuned this smoothie over the years and this mix seems to give the best recovery. It also follows my principle of consuming only natural foods (as much as possible from vegetable sources).
I can’t remember the last time I got hurt running. I’ve been injury-free for years, the only hurt came from bike crashes. It’s easier to recover from blunt trauma than from an overuse injury. An overuse injury is a cumulative trauma disorder, tissue (or bone) damage that results from repetitive demand over time. I hurt my right calf muscle/tendon almost two weeks ago and I’ve learned a lot in the healing of such an injury.
I had increased my running volume, I ran a 33-mile hill course with no problem and a speedy recovery. The following week I ran a 26.2 and felt tightness in the muscles/tendons on the back of my right knee. I didn’t stretch after any of these runs. Bad boy! The day after the 26.2 I cycled for about an hour and it all seemed fine the day after that. I went on an 8mi hill run. On my run in Griffith Park, there is this fence that I always jump over… 1..2..3.. jump! And ouch. The spring motion from the jump put too much stress on my right calf tendon/muscle juncture and it hurt a lot. A lot. I couldn’t walk. I had to call my spouse to pick me up (this never happened!). She had brought ice, how sweet and appropriate.
I knew the tissues were seriously messed up, I could tell this by the nature of the pain. There are different forms of pain in endurance sports. This one was just sharp and acute, not the soreness of the day after or the heaviness at the end of a long-distance something. I estimated that it was a Grade 1 Calf Strain (or Pull) or an upper Achille’s Tendon tear or more precisely Tennis Leg (rupture between the tendon and the gastrocnemius muscle). Considering the location of the pain and the time it took to heal I think it was the Tennis Leg tear.
Minnesota hospitals are blazing a trail when it comes to integrative medicine. Only two hospitals in the nation offer acupuncture in the emergency room. KARE 11's Ivory Hecker takes us inside one of them in Shakopee.