Why Acupuncture is Good for Athletes

Athletes work their bodies hard, especially professional athletes who are physically active for the majority of their day. Unfortunately, there are often aches and pains that accompany a body which  receives that amount of use and stress.

To relieve those aches and pains, many athletes turn to acupuncture. As a proven pain-relief option, acupuncture is becoming more widely used by athletes in all types of sports. 

Here’s why acupuncture may be able to help you. 


What is Acupuncture?

If you’re not familiar with this form of treatment, acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of extremely thin, hollow needles into the skin in strategic places. The Eastern belief is that the purpose of acupuncture is to restore the flow of energy to areas of the body where energy may be blocked and causing pain. In Western medicine, it is believed that acupuncture stimulates the flow of blood to the area and generates the natural healing capabilities of the body. 

Whichever belief system you adhere to, the truth of the matter is that many patients have experienced relief from a variety of types of pain and injuries due in part to acupuncture, cupping, or both. 

What is Cupping?

A variation on the concept of acupuncture, cupping is another common practice for athletes to reduce pain and inflammation. Cups apply suction to gently pull on the top layer of skin and muscles. Cupping creates a vacuum that is essentially the reverse action of a massage. It can soothe the muscles to relieve pain and induce relaxation. 

How Do These Techniques Help Athletes?

When muscles are used to the fullest extent of their ability, tiny tears form in the muscles that can cause pain. Lactic acid also builds up in the muscles, which is what causes the soreness you feel the next day after exercising muscles in ways you don’t normally use them. Along with other techniques to reduce soreness and inflammation such as icing and massage, acupuncture and cupping have been shown to be extremely effective at relieving muscle pain and tension. 

Can Acupuncture and Cupping Help Injuries Heal Faster?

When serious athletes suffer an injury, they need the fastest possible recovery. Pain relief is only part of the recovery process. It is necessary for the injured body part to heal and regain strength so that further injury can be avoided. 

Acupuncture and cupping help to bring oxygenated blood to the area in order to accelerate healing. 

Do Acupuncture and Cupping Work Alone?

While both acupuncture and cupping can help relieve muscle pain and accelerate healing of injuries, they are most effective when combined with other treatment options. Physical therapy is an important part of injury recovery. These techniques can all work well together, as the acupuncture and cupping can help to relieve pain and accelerate healing so that physical therapy exercises are easier to do and are more effective. 

Matawan Physical Therapy Provides Acupuncture and Cupping Treatments

Are you looking for a physical therapist who can help you heal faster and get back in the game as soon as possible? Matawan Physical Therapy provides a variety of treatment options to give you the best chance at a fast recovery. An individualized plan will be created just for you that includes acupuncture, cupping, physical therapy, and any other type of treatment that can help your body heal and get stronger. 

Call (732) 970-7894 today or contact us to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you become the best athlete you can be.