Athletes with international renown like NBA superstars Tony Richardson, Kobe Bryant, Mickael Pietrus, Olympic Medalist DeeDee Trotter, and others have successfully used acupuncture to relieve their bodies of pain.
Nearly 80% of the American population has back pain. Back pain usually begin as dull ache in the back but can ultimately become chronic and hard to endure. Using Sports Acupuncture for Back Pain can be an effective way to eliminate it.
Because of the fact that these athletes require hardcore exercise to keep their bodies fit and running, they are usually the ones most prone to back pain (lumbar). Be it skiing, world running championships, professional swimming Olympiads, tennis, or physical training, their bodies undergo a lot of strain and pressure which if not treated on time, becomes chronic and unbearable. Nearly 5% to 10% of all sports related injuries start with a simple back pain. Using Sports Acupuncture for Back Pain can keep these injuries from becoming chronic.
Athletes are often reluctant in seeking medical help as they fear it may result in their careers ending. But is it really worth it? Due to the fears of never being able to play again, lose the championship title, or something similar, most of world class athletes continue to endure pain – what they don’t factor in is the fact that leaving the issue untreated will only cause more damage to the spinal cord and bones, eventually leading to greater injuries.
Sports Acupuncture for Back Pain
It is often stressed that exercise helps relieve back pain, but how can someone exercise more when he/she cannot even kneel down to untie their shoe laces? This is why physicians today suggest sports acupuncture for back pain.
Simply put, acupuncture works by inserting sterile thin needles in the back to stimulate circulation to the muscles and surrounding tissues. Many theories suggest that it can play a key role in relieving back pain for athletes. It is a safe, non-invasive way to alleviate the pain and speed up the recovery process.
How does it work?
Speeds up electromagnetic signals: Acupuncture releases endorphins, essentially pain-killing chemicals, or releases immune system cells to ease the pain in the lower back, spinal cord and muscles.
Natural opioids release: They trigger the release of opioids in the body. These chemicals in the brain are known to lessen the pain and promote a more restful sleep.
Acupuncture treats back pain by altering neurotransmitters and neurohormones: The function of neurotransmitters changes the brain chemistry by either stimulating or reducing nerve impulses, whereas the release of neurohormones effects the functioning of an organ resulting in relaxation and a pain-free back.
Reduces recovery times: One of the most notable benefits of acupuncture is that it speeds up the recovery process. Any soreness or pain can easily be lowered, especially back pain, after intensive workout sessions.
For any acupuncture therapy to have the desired effect, you need to make sure you are going to a professional acupuncturist who specializes and is well-versed in dealing with sports injuries and recovery. I have been working as a specialist for more than a decade now. For the best sports acupuncture services relating sports injuries and recovery, contact me in Denver.