Spring is in the air and runners are on the streets! So it seemed a fitting time to write about all the benefits that acupuncture can offer runners.
Cupping therapy is indicated for various types of acute and chronic pain. Acute trauma from sports injuries or car accidents often leave the muscles in a tense, contracted state and/or create pockets of stagnant blood, which leads to inflammation, pain, and consequently, poor circulation of blood and qi to the injured area.
If you have had acupuncture before, you can probably attest to the relaxation response that can be elicited by an acupuncture treatment. But acupuncture does more than make your body feel relaxed - medical research has shown that acupuncture can actually change how your body responds to future stressful events.
Exercise routines are not just for nice weather and looking good...
If a patient comes in to my clinic experiencing a rash in a line across his ribcage, or tingling in the skin down the side of the shin, I immediately want to treat their spine. Why? Because of something called dermatomes.
My suggestion it to do a “Detox Lifestyle Overhaul”, which involves making a number of small health choices that you can then choose to continue or stop, after you see how they serve you for one month. Here are my suggestions for a January Detox:
Therefore, as effective and, in fact, necessary physical exercise is for moving our qi, so too can we exercise our emotions/mind. Qi stagnation closes things down, tightens things up, and slows things down. In the mind, qi stagnation manifests as stress/anxiety, irritability or anger, overthinking, excessive worry, depression, an inability to let things go, to name a few. We can see in these examples that the ‘stuckness’ of the flow of qi through ourselves impacts the way we perceive and interact with the world.