Acupuncture for Runners

Acupuncture may be rooted in a distant past, but its applications are far from antiquated. Today, this ancient remedy is one of the most popular forms of complementary medicine and works as well as it did 3,000 years ago.

A growing number of athletes are turning to this natural treatment to address swelling, inflammation, muscle tension, pain, and even to boost performance and recovery.

The benefits of acupuncture may be especially helpful for runners who are putting a lot of stress and mileage on their bodies. As the Sports Rehab experts at Aligned Modern Health point out, the idea that running is bad for you is a misconception. Rather, it’s the way you approach running that may be good or bad for you.

“Running can be a very healthy activity, but it’s essential to start with proper training that protects your body from injury. If you do get injured, it’s crucial that you address the injury before resuming your normal routine,” says Dr. Lamya Kamel, DAOM, Director of Acupuncture at Aligned Modern Health.

How Acupuncture Boosts Performance

Acupuncture is a natural first step in preventing injury and improving performance for many reasons:

1. Acupuncture is an all-natural performance enhancer. Competitive athletes are constantly looking for a natural edge on their game. Acupuncture delivers physical and mental benefits that boost performance without side effects or drugs.

2. Acupuncture combats muscle fatigue and promotes speedier recovery. Not only does acupuncture relax muscles so that recovery can begin, but it sets up a defensive mechanism in the body reducing inflammation and improving circulation. This helps prevent future injuries to runner’s knees, legs, and feet and means that runners can expect better performance every time they supplement their runs with acupuncture.

3. Acupuncture can increase endurance. Acupuncture improves energy and physical efficiency by increasing oxygen levels in the body and enhancing lung, liver, and digestive function.

4. Acupuncture helps focus. Mental toughness is always a winning component for athletes, but competition can create mental stressors and demands that impact performance. Nervousness, anxiety, and stress may alter the heart rate, muscle coordination, and respiration and may increase muscle tension and fatigue. The relationship between the mind and body is important within acupuncture which has been shown to boost brain power.

5. Acupuncture improves sleep. Sleep plays a critical role in the recovery process. Most runners need a recommended 7-8 hours of sleep but find it hard to make happen. Improved sleep is considered one of the widespread benefits of acupuncture. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, sleeplessness or insomnia is not seen as a direct disease. Rather, it is a symptom of something that is causing sleep disturbance. Acupuncture can address the underlying issue of your sleeping concerns and help your body maximize its energy resources.


Whether you are an elite runner or simply looking to boost your physical activity by adding running to your routine, you can enjoy the many health benefits acupuncture offers.

Aligned Modern Health offers free consultations with our team of experts in a variety of disciplines, including Acupuncture, Functional Medicine & Nutrition, Chiropractic, and Massage Therapy.

To assess your body for injury prevention and optimize performance, Aligned Modern Health also offers free Sports Movement Screenings with our Physical Medicine and Sports Rehab experts.

If you are looking to improve your training, speed up recovery, or heal an injury, you can schedule online, here, or call (733) 598-4387.