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Prevention is our first line of defence and as we head into the colder months, strengthening our immune system by eating well, staying hydrated, exercising appropriately and getting plenty of rest will all help to support our health and immunity.
Acupuncture for Sports Performance
I’ve recently treated a number of competitive runners and endurance athletes with Acupuncture in the clinic and I’m seeing very similar patterns of disharmony. These athletes are physically very fit, but even without injury they have similar complaints of ‘tightness’ and ‘stiffness’ in their muscles, particularly along the posterior chain and quite often other issues like poor sleep or digestion.
In TCM, blood is considered to be one of vital substances we need in order to survive. Not only does it carry vital nutrients to the body (like oxygen and glucose), it carries all the nutrition we need to nourish ever part of ourselves physically and mentally.
Stress is the body’s reaction to some kind of pressure. This can be emotional, physical, even environmental. Stress is a normal response where the sympathetic nervous system is activated and the body enters ‘fight or flight’ mode. When the stress is gone, the body returns to normal.
Musculo-Skeletal Sports Injuries
Avoid over-straining the area, elevate (eg put your feet on a pillow, try to have the injured area level with or slightly higher than your heart to help with fluid drainage and reduce swelling) and keep warm (ice may be beneficial in the first 24 hours rest-ice-compression-elevation but thereafter keep the area warm)
Health & Wellbeing Nutrition
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a precursor to many illnesses. Luckily, there are many simple lifestyle changes you can make to help lower your blood pressure such as eating a healthy diet, finding time to relax and regular acupuncture treatments can help.
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