Many injured athletes use acupuncture for relief. When he was playing in the NFL, former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber turned to it frequently for his muscle strains. Morten Anderson, field goal kicker for NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, received two acupuncture treatments per week as part of his ongoing healthcare program. Other NFL greats to utilize acupuncture include Joe Montana and defensive lineman Michael Strahan. Turning to NBA basketball, Dwayne Wade uses acupuncture for knee and shoulder pain. Other basketball stars using acupuncture include Shaquille O’Neal, Jason Kidd, and Vladimir Radmonovic. In professional golf, Fred Couples is noteworthy for having utilized acupuncture to treat severe back pain.
How does this help? One theory is that your body may respond to the needles by further increasing the flow of oxygenated blood to the injured area, which helps speed the healing process. Another is that it micro-stimulates the immune system, causing T-helper cells to be sent to specific sites, and allowing the body to receive a regulating benefit and kick-start from the immune system.
During her time as an Certified Personal Trainer, Dr. Cynthia Clark got to work with all sorts of athletes: from the everyday “Training for Life” athlete to elite bike racers, runners, and triathletes. This further instilled in her a passion for exercise – and also for quick recoveries from workouts and injuries. From micro-tears, to joint sprains and strains, to broken bones: All of these can imbalance the meridians in the body. Although these sprains, strains, and micro-tears are “normal” in the athletic world, although that’s far from natural. Acupuncture, herbs, and whole-food supplements can help speed recovery time from workouts and injuries to your previous natural levels.
Dr. Cynthia Clark maintains a high level of fitness and health. In addition, she holds the rank of 3rd degree black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu, although she has since turned her qi-powers to healing.
During all of these endeavors, our doctors have experienced, witnessed, and healed a wide variety of injuries, and are experts in healing sports injuries. It is our passion to get athletes back up and running as quickly as possible! From high hamstring tendinitis, or runner’s leg, to piriformis syndrome, we can help heal these pain-in-the-butt problems. Sciatica can be aggravating and may get worse over time if it goes untreated, recruiting other muscles and decreasing mobility.
If you are dealing with a sports injury, or looking to improve your recovery time, there is hope, and we can help!
Longevity offers a free 15 minute consult to determine if your case is right for us, and if we think we can help. We are open Monday – Saturday. (941) 923-9355.