Cupping – You might have noticed perfectly round bruises on Michael Phelps shoulder as he swam during the 2016 Olympics. This raised many questions as to what exactly was going on. These bruises are left from a form of therapy called cupping. Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine originated from China. This method uses clear cups (hence ‘cupping’) that are warmed with a lit cotton ball to create suction as the cup is placed upside down onto the skin. Cupping is used on athletes to help stimulate muscles and blood flow. The suction forces of the cup move ‘stagnant’ blood and brings toxins to the surface, which allow them to be more easily flushed from the body following injury or strenuous workouts.
Acupuncture – The benefits of acupuncture, which consists of thin filiform needles inserted into the body, range from repairing the digestive system to boosting qi (energy flow), and enhancing athletic performance. Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris went to acupuncture sessions to recalibrate his body, which ultimately resulted in winning a Bronze Medal for his team. It is has become very popular in the Olympic community since the London Olympics in 2012 and is a method that athletes turn to for a higher level of recovery, balance, and athletic performance.
Laser Therapy – Our LightForce Therapy laser is next level healing. Professional athletes all over the world use the LightForce therapy laser to recover from injury every day. The laser works by feeding cells light energy which increases their reproduction, increases blood flow, and releases healing factors. This allows Olympians (and patients in our offices) to tremendously cut down healing time.
The good news is that these cutting edge methods are not out of reach for the general population. As a matter of fact, you can train like an Olympian right here at NJ Spine and Wellness where our therapists use equipment all of the treatments and equipment listed above to help patients exceed their goals and get better faster. Don’t forget to unleash your inner Olympian!
– Shruti S.