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Sports acupuncture is used to speed healing, relieve pain, and increase muscle strength and flexibility, improve stamina, improve sleep, and relieve stress. Professional and competitive athletes alike are using sports acupuncture to help avoid injuries, promote recovery if an injury is sustained, and improve athletic performance overall.

Sports acupuncture is becoming a recognized treatment for sprains, strains, frozen shoulder, back pain, pulled tendons, torn ligaments, tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, sciatica, tight hamstrings, muscle/tendon strain, golfer’s shoulder, weak back, stiff neck, and other ailments athletes may incur. Acupuncture is able to treat the pain or injury directly at the area of concern to immediately decrease inflammation, boost the immune system, improve range of motion, reduce fatigue, tightness, and soreness.

Sports acupuncture also releases chemicals in the brain that are conducive to a focused mind, relaxed body, and better sleep quality. Mental, emotional, and physical stress can create a physiologic response in the body, that increases heart rate and affects muscle coordination and timing, respiration rate, and muscle tension and fatigue. Acupuncture can help negate these effects of stress.

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