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Did you know athletes all over the world are turning to sports acupuncture to help alleviate pain from injuries? Why? Because acupuncture provides a safe, effective way to heal the aches, pains, and injuries that accompany an athletic lifestyle. 

Hiring a sports acupuncture therapist in Reston has a range of benefits. Here are the top 10 reasons why every athlete should think about adding an acupuncturist to their team:

1. Acupuncture for muscle relief

Due to the high amount of stress athletes put on their muscles, they become prone to injuries. Acupuncture can balance and reset the muscles by restoring their proper energy flow and tone so they can better communicate with the nervous system.

2. Faster recovery from injury

Acupuncture increases circulation on the injured body part and relaxes tight muscles and tendons. Athletes can also reduce delayed onset muscle soreness with acupuncture after a competition. Acupuncture can also be combined with other sports therapies for better results. 

3. Acupuncture to alleviate pain

It is not uncommon for athletes to endure pain after a sport-related injury. Acupuncture can help in alleviating this pain. Acupuncture triggers the release of pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins – which naturally alleviates pain quickly. Also, acupuncture can decrease inflammation and boost the immune system with no side effects.

4. Improved sleep quality

Acupuncture can aid athletes in getting better rest at night and avoid daytime fatigue by regulating the levels of cortisol and serotonin (“the sleep hormone”). Serotonin is responsible for a good night’s sleep and cortisol is the hormone that wakes you up and keeps you active throughout the day. Acupuncture balances your cortisol and serotonin levels and helps you enjoy a restful night’s sleep to give your body the change to rejuvenate and revitalize. 

5. Reduce stress and anxiety 

Acupuncture is a great stress reliever as it stimulates the release of endorphins and regulates cortisol levels. This balances mood and reduces stress and anxiety. An acupuncture treatment prior to a competition can be a great way to relax, calm the nerves, and feel secure and confident. 

6. A stronger immune system

Acupuncture can increase T-cells. T-cells are specialized cells that trigger an immune response and fight against infections. Acupuncture can help optimize the immune systems, keeping athletes from missing training sessions or competitions and staying in peak physical condition all year round.

Sports acupuncture is becoming more popular among athletes because it has a range of benefits. It alleviates pain, improves injuries faster, and helps athletes stay in peak physical condition all year long. To schedule an appointment with a sports acupuncture therapist in Reston or Bethesda, contact Dr. Durana at Seasons in Our Life today.