Running is a physical activity that can test your body to the core – and acupuncture can help you deal with the muscle pains related to it. As Cielestia Calbay explains in her article posted at running.competitor.com:
“The sight of needles can make anyone cringe, but it may be worth a shot to help alleviate an injury.
Marathoner Deena Kastor is among a handful of elite athletes that use acupuncture to treat injuries and reduce the pain and inflammation associated with it. Studies suggest the ancient Chinese therapy can increase circulation and range of motion and accelerate healing time due to its ability to balance the neurological and cardiovascular systems.”
Recreational or pro runners from Palm Harbor, Florida, may shudder at the danger of injuries that are waiting for them at the sidelines. The Pinellas County community already has a network of running trails spanning dozens of miles and a number of events, such as the USA Ultra Triathlon and the Bryant Bronco 5K in Tampa, are enough to keep runners occupied. When you’re nursing some pain or a muscle injury after a serious run, you need specialists of acupuncture in Palm Harbor like Dr. Marie Perkins of East West Healing Solutions to help you.
Every seasoned runner is familiar with various ailments such as sore muscles, runners’ knee, and shin splints. A consultation with an acupuncturist can help assess the overall situation and allow you to decide accordingly, especially when the injury occurred in the middle of training and you have to be up and running as soon as possible.
The affected areas or exact areas of pain are determined during a physical assessment. Acupuncture to treat running injuries work by inserting the acupuncture needles at identified pressure points to regulate blood flow into the target muscles, which then leads to reduced inflammation, less pain and accelerated healing.
Although crossing the finish line of, say, a 21K can be very rewarding, there’s no denying that you’re in for some serious muscle or joint pain. Therefore, allow a Palm Harbor Oriental medicine expert like Dr. Marie Perkins help you through the post-race recovery period.
(Source: Can Acupuncture Help Treat Your Running Injury? Competitor Magazine, 13 January 2014)