Use acupuncture to keep you running
According to market analysis one of the most popular months to buy running shoes – after December, when they’re gifted for Christmas – is February. It’s also a popular month to book summer holidays and arrange house valuations.
And it’s all linked to the approach of warmer weather and longer days.
I’ve also noticed an increase in the number of people I’ve met who have downloaded running apps or are seriously considering training for a 5k or 10k run.
Spring is very much the start of the running season and although the recent storms have probably curtailed most people’s running programmes – or delayed their start – you can expect to see a rise in the number of people pounding the streets over the coming weeks.
Of course, what that also means is that there will be the usual seasonal rise in the number of exercise-related injuries that require medical attention, either from a GP or a physiotherapist.
One of the problems with self-organised fitness regimes is that they often suffer from a lack of knowledge or understanding about the impact they can have on your body. And if you don’t properly understand the physiological issues at stake, it’s impossible to adequately protect your joints, ligaments and muscles from potential damage.
That’s where acupuncture comes in, because it’s an amazing therapy that can not only help rehabilitate stress injuries but can also help your body to protect itself from repetitive or recurring injury.
Part of the secret of injury prevention when you exercise is about having a common sense approach to the way you go about exercising, and being realistic about what you can achieve.
What do I mean by that? Well, let’s imagine you have an ambition to run the London Marathon. It’s mid-February now and if you’ve led an entirely sedentary life for the last few months, you’re not going to be on the starting line for the 2020 race, even if you could somehow get a place on it.
Not only that, but if you got a place and decided you were going to go for broke in trying to get fit enough to run it, you’d be putting yourself at risk of serious injury.
But if you don’t have any existing health issues, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be there in 2021.
But acupuncture used in conjunction with a practical and sensible running plan can be your secret weapon in making good injury-free progress (and of course, if you’ve already secured your spot for the London Marathon or any other running event and have been in training for a while, acupuncture now can benefit you as you build up to the big day).
Your body is powered by its own natural energy. In acupuncture we call this qi, which is pronounced as chee, and it is this energy that drives all the things that keep you healthy: your immune system, the production of cells, natural chemicals and hormones as well as your ability to heal efficiently from trauma – whether that’s broken bones, muscle strains or cuts and grazes.
A simple way to think about your qi is as an electrical network.
When your qi is completely healthy, it’s able to power all of your physiological and emotional functionality at an optimum level. But over time, this network can become blocked in places, making the ‘charge’ weaker.
What that means is that your body is forced to prioritise its needs. And the consequence of prioritisation, of course, is that some things are sacrificed over others.
Acupuncture works by using superfine needles to painlessly remove the blockages in your natural energy that develop over time, which in turn allows your body to operate at its best.
Acupuncture will help you to sleep better, heal better and protect yourself better – which means that when it comes to exercising and keep fit routines, if you’re already carrying an injury, you’ll recover from it faster and will be less likely to suffer a recurrence.
Similarly, if you’re injury-free and are just about to embark on a journey to fitness, you’re less likely to be tripped up by an injury that could, and should, have been avoided.
Acupuncture has additional benefits, too. Because it’s a holistic therapy, it will also help to solve other issues in your physical and mental health that you may not even be aware you have.
Regular acupuncture sessions that keep your natural energy in tip-top shape can be a very effective line of defence when it comes to your general health and wellbeing.
To find out more about how acupuncture can help you to run better, stay in shape and remain injury-free, why not get in touch with us for an informal chat?