How Medical Acupuncture Can Speed Your Recovery and Improve Your Performance
As seen in “SPRING 2008 TRIATHLON BC MAGAZINE By: Lisa Regan”
Medical acupuncture is a combination of traditional acupuncture, scientific knowledge, and clinical assessment and treatment skills. In order to be effective the practitioner must conduct a thorough assessment and have a good understanding of exercise physiology, anatomy and biomechanics, as well as the sports specific demands placed on the individual through training and competition. Medical acpuncture is practised by many health care providers including physiotherapists, medical doctors, chiropractors, athletic therapists and massage therapists.
Acupuncture can help to improve the body’s natural healing mechanisms and can have a significant impact on our athletic performance. All athletes including triathletes have the potential for various sports related injuries through training and competition. Acupuncture can help with tissue healing and can also help improve muscle imbalances by loosening tight tissue and increasing strength and endurance in specific muscles.
Acupuncture is safe and generally pain free. Acupuncture influences the peripheral, central and autonomic nervous systems facilitating the release of chemicals and hormones that are involved in pain trainsmission, circulation, muscle and visceral activity. Locally needles increase circulation to help with tissue healing and areas of diminished blood flow. Centrally needles facilitate the release of endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers. Practitioners often add electrical current to the needles to increase their effectiveness.
Acupuncture combined with other treatment techniques such as soft tissue techniques, functional sport specific exercises and joint mobilisation will help to accelerate the healing process and get you back on the road, on the bike and in the pool as soon as possible.
To find out if acpuncture is right for you email me for more information or call to book an assessment
MARKHAM: (905) 910-0012
DOWNTOWN TORONTO: (416) 597-88345
The course I took was Contemporary Medical Acpucture at McMaster University. It involved 300 hours of post graduate training, written and practical examinations.
This article was published in the SPRING 2008 TRIATHLON BC MAGAZINE