email a friend iconprinter friendly iconPerformance: Alternative Sports Therapies
Page [ 5 ] of 5
« Prev | 
Electro-Acupuncture

One of the most promising new remedies is founded in the centuries-old art of acupuncture—with a modern twist: Jumper cable–like wires are attached to the needles and emit a pulsating electrical current to stimulate circulation. Scientific backing is sparse, but electro-acupuncture has increasingly been used in recent years to aid injury rehabilitation and postrace recovery.

My treatment, for instance, was administered at a sports medicine clinic, where my acupuncturist worked side by side with a physical therapist. In spite of the slight pinpricks, after just one hour-and-a-half session ($100), I felt better physically—and spiritually. A benefit of the acupuncture, no doubt, but also because, finally, I was simply pedaling my bike again, pain free.

Page [ 5 ] of 5
« Prev | 
Join the discussion

National Geographic Adventure is pleased to provide this opportunity for you to share your comments about this article. Thanks for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Recent Comments
  • 20 yrs ago, I did a study with ASU and elite runners on how Rolfing improves performance. We saw in …
  • 20 yrs ago, I did a study with ASU and elite runners on how Rolfing improves performance. We saw in …
Read All »