6 Ways Acupuncture Can Benefit Runners

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves inserting fine needles into the skin at certain points called acupoints, which, when stimulated, are thought to promote the body’s natural healing processes. Used by more than 3 million Americans each year, this ancient healing art has specific benefits for runners.

Here are six ways this centuries-old therapy can help you perform your best.

Strengthens Your Immune System
Research shows that during periods of heavy training, your risk of acquiring an upper respiratory tract infection increases.

Corrects Muscle Imbalances
When muscles are imbalanced, they can trigger a chain reaction resulting in muscle, joint, and tendon pain, says Matt Callison, L.Ac., a San Diego-based acupuncturist who trademarked Sports Medicine Acupuncture.

Accelerates Healing And Recovery
Clinical studies have amply documented that acupuncture improves blood circulation.

Protects Against Chronic Stress
Chronic stress undermines performance and wreaks havoc on our health.

Improves Sleep
Recent clinical studies show that acupuncture promotes quality sleep, which runners know is critical to running strong, recovering well and preventing illness.

It’s Mobile
Acupuncture pop-up clinics are part of a growing trend that brings the service to you.