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  • Marlo Rapp

Acupuncture for Surfers #NaturalPainRelief #AthleticPerformance

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

Melbourne Beach and the Indialantic are favorites of Florida’s surfers, offering endless summers, majestic waves, and breathtaking views. Surfing certainly is a sport that is rich with reward, although it doesn’t come without its caveats - and we’re not just talking about sharks. ;)

Although surfing is generally a safe sport, even the best surfers are no strangers to wipe-outs and collisions, which can lead to injury and pain. Some of the more common surfing-related injuries include:

  • Back pain

  • Shoulder strain

  • Knee injuries

  • Neck pain

  • Rotator-cuff impingement

  • Tendonitis

  • Sprains and fractures

  • Lacerations

  • Bruising

  • Head trauma

  • Cramps

  • Surfer’s ear

  • Skin rashes

Lower limb, pelvis, back, shoulder, and neck injuries are among the most common surf-related injuries due to repetitive overuse. Additionally, acute injuries are often seen in the lower limbs, including the knees, ankles, and feet.

With the incidence of acute and chronic pain and injuries, surfers are increasingly turning to acupuncture to manage their symptoms naturally. Many surfing organizations even have licensed acupuncturists on staff.

If you are a surfer in Central Florida, 4 Seasons Acupuncture may be just the answer you have been looking for. We treat surfers and other athletes at both of our locations: Winter Park and Indialantic. Patients with chronic and acute sports injuries, inflammation, tendonitis, sprains, strains, disc problems and countless other issues are finding lasting relief with acupuncture. Additionally, many athletes, including pros, use acupuncture to improve recovery time and enhance performance.

With regards to sports injury and athletic performance, acupuncture works in a number of ways:

  • Releases endorphins, which have been found to be 200 times more effective than morphine at relieving pain

  • Activates parasympathetic nervous system, which can can boost recovery

  • Releases adhesions and trigger points along the meridians, i.e. the kinetic chains or fascial trains

  • Improves muscle activation, restoring the mind-body connection to promote stability

  • Reduces feelings of tension and stress

  • Boosts blood circulation

  • Improves focus and mood

  • Activates inflammation-regulating pathways

  • Promotes the body’s natural healing abilities

  • Boosts energy naturally

  • Strengthens immune system function

  • Improves quality of sleep

Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny, hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to restore balance and trigger the release of the body’s natural pain killers. Relief can often be felt in as little as one single acupuncture treatment, although a series of treatments are typically recommended. If you are a surfer or other athlete looking to manage sports injury or boost performance, acupuncture may be the natural, safe answer you’ve been looking for.

Schedule a consultation at our Hot Springs, Arkansas Acupuncture Clinic!

Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, cupping, injection therapy, moxibustion, tuina, nutritional therapy, TCM, and more!

We are located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, just minutes from Red Oak, AR, Price, AR, Lake Hamilton, AR, Pleasant Hill, AR, and Malvern, AR.

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