During the 2008 Beijing Olympics a lot of media attention became focused on the widespread use of acupuncture by Chinese athletes.
It is now well-documented that acupuncture can effectively treat sports injuries. Acupuncture can reduce inflammation and swelling, relieve pain, improve blood circulation and promote healing. Long used for the relief of chronic pain, acupuncture not only provides instant relief from painful injuries, but can also accelerate the healing process by reducing swelling, boosting the immune system, and providing serenity, focus and energy to the patient. Acupuncture has been found to be especially effective in treating tendon and ligament sprains, which are common injuries for athletes.
Another important draw that acupuncture holds for athletes is the fact that it goes above and beyond merely alleviating an injury. Consistent acupuncture treatments can improve performance and provide more energy. Treatments can support the body during training, help to build muscle mass, promote liver glycogen storage, increase endurance and speed recovery.