Running: Three reasons to consult in acupuncture

Whether you are an amateur runner, marathon runner or triathlete, acupuncture can help you recover from injuries and increase your performance. Nearly 80% of runners get injured every year and therefore have to stop or suspend their training. A large number of top athletes have recourse to acupuncture on a regular basis. Here are three good reasons:

Injury prevention:

Regular acupuncture treatments will help organs and the musculoskeletal system function optimally by correcting imbalances before they worsen and lead to injury. When a muscle is treated with acupuncture, it will be more flexible and less tense, creating less stress on the joints. This allows a better potential for muscle contraction and power, while reducing the risk of muscle sprain or ligament tear. In addition, acupuncture will promote better recovery after training by helping to release muscle tension and accelerating tissue regeneration.

Treatment of injuries:

Acupuncture can bring great relief by decreasing pain and inflammation. The treatment aims to increase local circulation to promote tissue regeneration, restore the natural mobility of muscle fibers and release tension by deactivating "trigger points". In addition, the symptoms of pain and fatigue can manifest themselves elsewhere than at the origin of the problem. With his global approach, the acupuncturist will be able to treat the problem at the source.

The main conditions treated in runners are:

  • Muscle cramps and tension (calves, quadriceps, hamstrings, iliotibial band)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Strain or sprain of the ankle
  • Tibial periostitis (shin splints)
  • Muscle tears

Performance increase:

Good performance requires a balanced body. Considering the individual as a whole, acupuncture treatments practiced on a regular basis will rebalance the metabolism and maintain a good level of energy, promoting effective and efficient training. Whatever your level, to prevent or help heal your sports injuries, make acupuncture an integral part of your training.

To learn more about what acupuncture can do for you or to make an appointment, contact Suzanne Binette.

Projects :

Myofascial pain and functional disorders, volume 1, J. Travell and D. Simons. Edit Haug International, 1993.

Relaxation points and acupuncture, neurophysiological approach, Sylvain Cardinal, CCDMD, 2004.


By Suzanne Binette