At mensfitclub.com, our fundamental belief is that you have to feel good on the inside to look good on the outside. Interestingly enough, Eastern cultures have shared this philosophy for centuries… leading to the development of herbal therapies and acupuncture as curative treatment. And while it won’t erase years of hard living or poor maintenance, acupuncture can be useful in self-maintenance regimen. It can also be surprisingly effective in alleviating specific injuries or illnesses.
Acupuncture works by tapping into the body’s nervous system and using the electrical impulses of nerve connections to modify or enhance normal body responses. Digestion, joint pain, energy, mood, male virility, athletic stamina… these are all just a few of the complaints that acupuncture has been proven to influence. Regular users of acupuncture swear by the increased flow of energy and improved self-detoxification that comes with a few strategically placed needles in points like the inner thigh, neck, collarbone, forehead, elbows, ankles and elsewhere. As well, some believe that the act of stillness during treatment is meditative and helps quiet the mind from the types of worries and stress that can cause premature aging and a run down appearance.
Studies have even attributed acupuncture with tremendous healing powers for chronic neck, back and shoulder pain. Not to mention muscle relaxation, and decreasing swelling, bruising and inflammation. With so many benefits it's no wonder that many professional athletes especially those in sports like football with a high amount of wear and tear have been known to add this to their recovery and wellness regimens. Acupuncturist Lisa Ripi works with numerous NFL teams to bring healing and relief to some of the biggest names in the league like James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers and several other high profile players.
To give acupuncture a try, make sure you find a licensed alternative therapy or Eastern medicine provider with experience in acupuncture. Some may even be listed in the provider directory of your health insurance provider.