Acupuncture is not only gaining increased popularity among the general public but in the sports arena as well. Athletes ranging from NFL stars like James Harrison to Olympic Gymnast Nastia Liukin find that this modality is a key component to help them compete at their best. This is because, Acupuncture improves recovery time, reduces inflammation, releases tight muscles, and treats/prevents athletic injuries. This treatment is not solely for the elite athlete but can act as a wonderful compliment to anyone in the North Sarasota area’s training regime at any level.
Marathon runners (and even casual 5K athletes) are especially susceptible to experiencing knee pain from the repetitive nature of extensive running. This may come as a result of inflammation in the actual knee joint or from tight muscles that attach around the knee. A very common cause of pain along the outside of the knee (or lateral area) is commonly due to Illiotibial Band Syndrome. The IT band is a thick band of fascia that runs along the lateral side of the thigh and attaches just below the knee. Acupuncture is very effective in treating both causes of knee pain. It is very helpful at reaching areas underneath the knee cap (or patella) that are otherwise very difficult to address. It can also work to loosen the IT band and surrounding tissues.
Regular mobility work, proper rest, and a nutritious diet are important staples in an athlete’s training. Acupuncture is another modality that can be used in conjunction with these practices to help athletes reach their short and long-term goals. Acupuncture will not only help you with today’s goals but will keep you feeling good in the future.
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TCM Healing Points Acupuncture Clinic works with patients from all over North Sarasota, including the following neighborhoods: Southgate Ridge, The Meadows, Vamo, Venice Gardens, Bee Ridge, Desoto Lakes, Fruitville, North Sarasota, Gulf Gate Estates, Kensington Park, Lake Sarasota, Laurel, Plantation, Ridge Wood Heights, Sarasota Springs, and South Sarasota.