6 Professional athletes who use Acupuncture to improve performance and reduce pain!

1) Swimmer Michael Phelps and Gymnast Naddour use Cupping Therapy during the Rio Olympics as it grows in popularity to improve performance: 

“But the Rio Olympics provides us with growing evidence that athletes are turning to the alternative medicine in an attempt to boost their performance.”

According to Mr Naddour he has found the treatment “provides relief from the soreness and pounding that come from gymnastics”.

He told USA Today: “That's been the secret that I have had through this year that keeps me healthy. It's been better than any money I've spent on anything else.”


2) “Nibali’s Secret to a Tour de France Win: Acupuncture”

“Nibali who won the 2014 Tour de France, attributes his success to Acupuncture and had reported that the entire team of Asana were getting Acupuncture 2 times per day to improve performance and reduce injury during the tour.”

By Joshua Robinson - Wall Street Journal

3) Kobe Bryant uses Acupuncture to improve performance for the NBA!

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin in order to stimulate certain parts of the body. The practice dates back to approximately 100 BC and it’s prevalent in traditional Asian medicine. Acupuncture has been used for many conditions, but it’s most known for relieving pain, loosening muscles and reducing swelling.

Some NBA franchises have used acupuncture for decades, and many players who have tried the treatment and swear by it.

Retired players like Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Charles Barkley, Yao Ming, Grant Hill, Jeff Hornacek and Kevin Johnson among others reportedly used acupuncture during their playing days to enhance their recovery.

Shaq first tried acupuncture in 2002, when his big toe started acting up before the playoffs and he was determined to do whatever he could to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to their third straight championship. Later, he would use acupuncture for a number of other ailments, including a hamstring issue. When his hamstring started causing him pain, he told a reporter, “I’ll get some acupuncture and get rid of it. I’ve always been a connoisseur of ancient medicine.””

4) Runner DeeDee Trotter took personal Acupuncturist with her to the Olympics  in 2012!

“Dee Dee Trotter – This Olympic track & field bronze medal winner is a major endorser of acupuncture. She started using acupuncture when several muscle problems were affecting her performance and her coach recommended that she try it. The amazing effects of acupuncture made her a firm adherent of the treatment that she brought along her acupuncturist to London where she participated and won bronze medal in the 400 meter run in the 2012 London Olympics.”

5) Andre Hal, Texans NFL player, turned to Acupuncture during his Cancer Recovery.

When asked what helped him the most he said:  “Using traditional and nontraditional treatments, including acupuncture, vitamins and a drug called Rituxan administered at MD Anderson, the Texans’ safety kept hoping that this day would arrive.

After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May, Hal was informed recently that he is in remission.” Houston Chronicle - Aaron.wilson@chron.com

6) “Yankees starter A.J. Burnett credits acupuncture with helping him stay healthy” 

Burnett interview with Brian Cashman: “they talked about preparation, about lifting weights, running and throwing between starts, all the mundane work it takes to do the extraordinary. Then, Burnett told Cashman about the thing that he believed had made all the difference: his devotion to acupuncture.” “In the past year-and-a-half, he has begun a transformation from one of baseball’s most injury-plagued players into one of its most reliable, a drastic change he attributes to his use of acupuncture.

No one area of Burnett’s body is routinely targeted, he said. The number of needles used and where they are placed varies every time he receives treatment.

“I believe in it,” said Burnett “There’s no doubt in my mind that I think it’s helped.”