Anyone who has ever watched the cyclists in the Tour De France competition has to wonder how these elite athletes do what they do. This cycling competition requires that the athletes race up and down through the beautiful French mountainsides and somehow keep up with all the other competitors who are pushing themselves beyond endurance. It’s all an absolutely amazing feat that requires nearly superhuman strength and fortitude. How do they do it and then recover to race again?
Some of the top cyclists on the circuit are now turning to the ancient practice of acupuncture to heal their strained muscles after racing. Alberto Contador has experienced severe knee pain from racing, but he is having great results from his work with a skilled acupuncturist. The treatments he’s receiving help lessen the pain and inflammation he endures after racing, and it’s helping him to become stronger. Retired cyclist Tyler Hamilton has also recently stated that an acupuncturist helped him during the 2004 Tour de France competition.
Cycling Weekly recently ran a story on Alberto Contador and his success with his treatments with an acupuncturist. According to Contador, the inflammation in his knee had become serious, as he was injured during two crashes during the 2014 Tour de France.
The Associated Press has also reported on cycling and how the athletes deal with their injuries. Tyler Hamilton injured his back as well as his shoulder during the competition in 2004, but he recovered thanks to the help of an acupuncturist.
What is it about acupuncture that is sending these top athletes in for the cure?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing system that utilizes needles, muscle pressure and herbal remedies to stimulate the body’s natural healing centers. Acupuncture is a holistic and drug free type of treatment that works with a different philosophy than traditional western medicine. Acupuncture originated in Asia, and the Japanese and Chinese styles of healing differ slightly in the use and type of needles, as well as in the use of herbal remedies.
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of physical problems, from the kind of specific muscle strain and inflammation experienced by cyclists to problems with the immune system and even with menstruation in women. Other issues treated by this ancient healing approach include: Cold and flu symptoms, weakness in the immune system, gout, anemia, emotional problems, stress symptoms, arthritis, sciatica and more.
There’s no doubt that this ancient healing system is effective, as it is utilized by people from all walks of life, from corporate professionals to professional athletes working at the highest level of performance. The healing power of this holistic approach has been used since ancient times, and today, more and more people are discovering the power of this gentle yet highly effective style of treatment.
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