Acupuncture & CrossFit
Fatigue, Fit and The Fix
We’ve all been there…OUCH!! A super duper crazy WOD! You killed it, PB’d everything you did. Amazing! On top of the world, ready to get a good meal and off to bed to do it all over again, tomorrow. But, no! Body starts to cool down, muscles start realising what they just did, and nooooooo!!…you can’t get out of the car. Your can’t move, your muscles are fatigued, even your pinky finger won’t budge. What’s happening and why? You ate well, you stretched (a bit), you feel hydrated, and yet, you are in pain. Acupuncture to the rescue!!
Acupuncture could be perceived as 90% science, anatomy, and physiology, and 10% unknown (Qi).
It is both an art and a science that the body loves. The most common question that I’m asked is: ‘Does it really work?’ Yes. Acupuncture really works, or I wouldn’t take it seriously.
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine, stainless steel needles into the body for the purpose of pain relief, and so much more. It has been used to alleviate symptoms associated with numerous medical and non-medical conditions, including:
Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, concussions, carpal tunnel syndrome, constipation, depression, endometriosis, hypertension, gynaecological conditions (specifically, fertility and nausea/vomiting), hot flashes, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, musculoskeletal disorders, obesity, Parkinson’s disease, premenstrual syndrome, anxiety, restless legs syndrome, smoking cessation stroke, tennis elbow, whiplash, and on and on and on!
The practice of acupuncture began in China, and is over 4,000 years old, though the earliest written records date it to the 2,000-year mark. Regardless of the discrepancy regarding its date of inception, acupuncture has existed for centuries.
No Pain, No Gain
CrossFit has built up a reputation for causing a high rate of injury among participants. This style of training (and sport) is relatively new, and demands a high level of output from athletes. But does it truly lead to a higher incidence of injury? Tough question. If you are not treating your body well, giving it what it needs, and repairing what needs to be repaired, the answer to that could be, ‘YES.’
The treatment of muscle pain is a specialty of acupuncture, which, though often ovelooked as a potential relief for several ailments, could be a patient’s first choice for relief of this kind of pain through this very simple and effective therapy.
Acupuncture treats muscle pain in a number of ways, the most direct of these is by inserting a needle into the body, to trigger the natural release of endorphins. The body’s natural painkillers, endorphins help you feel relaxed, alert, and mobile, and because they are naturally produced, the results produced your body could lead to lower doses of actual painkillers (the pill form), and, eventually, could result in being entirely free of painkillers.
In effect, releasing endorphins does more than mask the pain; the relief resulting from the endorphins helps your body to relax. Our bodies are amazing like that.
Acupuncture is also therapeutic towards pain resulting from tightened muscles, or when tissue between the muscles sticks together (fascia). If this is the case, then an acupuncture needle is inserted directly into the trigger point or place of ‘pain’ to help resolve the problem.
In addition to these pain relieving benefits produced by acupuncture, it also helps to increase blood flow, boost the immune system, and replenish the body with fresh, powerful nutrients. This, too, can speed the healing and recovery of torn tendons, cartilage, or other damaged tissues.
So, instead of popping another pill, why not do something your body loves and appreciates?