I am afraid of needles. I can hardly even be near them. So when one of my fellow yoga instructors suggested I try acupuncture because of its myriads of fitness-related benefits, I was ready to crumble in anxiety and fear. But after a bit of research, I realized there are tons of benefits associated with acupuncture, especially when it comes to a fitness lifestyle.
Very common conditions acupuncture can help are vast.
While there’s a lot to gain from trying acupuncture, it’s important to remember not to squeeze in a sweat sesh after your treatment. Even though you might experience a burst of energy after getting acupuncture (one of the endurance-related benefits), it’s essential to let your body rest and not act on that initial boost.
However, after taking some time to relax, you’ll be able to hit the weight room and reap all the many advantages of this ancient treatment.
Do not dislike needles – Here are five ways acupuncture will compliment your workouts.
And for all you needle haters out there: If I can do it, you can do it, too.
1. Decreased Muscle And Joint Pain
The next time you’re tempted to pop an Advil to ease muscle fatigue, remember that acupuncture gets to the root of the pain, while NSAIDs act as more of a band-aid.
The needles inserted into your body during the treatment create a minimal injury, which your body quickly heals. Then, your body begins to recover all potentially inflamed surrounding tissues, including muscles, nerves, skin, fascia, and connective tissues.
So, if you’re suffering from an injury after going too hard during your HIIT circuit, acupuncture can help by regulating nerve conduction in the inflamed area and speeding up your healing process.
2. Improved Blood Flow
While you’re letting some stranger stick you with needles, know that it’s doing extraordinary things for your body. For example, acupuncture pricks increase nitric oxide in your body, thus causing blood vessels to relax and arteries to open.
After the treatment, you’ll have more blood flowing to your heart and vital organs, as well as better circulation overall.
3. Injury Prevention
You already know that investing in some acupuncture will help with healing muscle damage, but get this: It also exercises injuries, too. And you know there’s nothing that halts your gym grind more than a pesky pulled muscle.
Investing in acupuncture will prevent injuries by creating a neurological and cardiovascular balance, supporting natural homeostasis in your body.
4. Enhanced Energy And Endurance
Though you shouldn’t exercise immediately after acupuncture, after resting up a bit, you’ll continue to feel the energy and endurance from the treatments as you grind through your sweat sesh.
The holistic treatment that regulates your nervous system, which helps to improve overall endurance.
So, you know, you can slay even during SoulCycle.
5. Speedier Recovery Time
Pre-workout acupuncture is a no-no, but a post-workout treatment might be the restful recovery your body craves.
Scheduling regular treatments between workouts (or after a race for all you runners out there) minimizes muscle fatigue and pain and lets your muscles recover at lightning speed.
Acupuncture can also allow you to sleep more profoundly and restfully, which lets muscle tissues rebuild more effectively.
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