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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Acupuncture and NBA
People seldom link acupuncture and NBA together. The fact is
many NBA players have used acupuncture therapy in the recent decades for injury
prevention, treatment and pain relief, including some big names such as Kobe
Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Steve Nash, Ming Yao, Jason Kidd, Grant
Hill, Kevin Johnson, Jerry Stackhouse, etc.
As funny as it is, some of these big guys are used to fierce
physical conflicts but they were afraid of needles, at least at the first
place. Back in the early '90s, when Charles Barkley was with the Phoenix Suns,
he developed a sore neck that wouldn't let him turn his head. He turned to a
local acupuncturist named Cao who successfully terminated the pain for the
former MVP. "Charles, the big man with all of the big talk, was shy of the
needles when he came in," as Cao recalled. "But when I put them in
and he didn't feel them and he could play the game the next day, he was
convinced." Another example is Dwyane Wade. The former NBA Finals MVP
claimed he is scared of needles too at the beginning. Bothered by knee
tendinitis, the Miami Heats all-star guard utilized acupuncture therapy in 2007
to help relieve the pain. "You just try to find a way to feel a little
better," Wade said, “Right now I'm doing that and I feel a little
The needles for acupuncture normally are only two inches
long and tiny thin. So they are barely noticeable and are not painful at all
generally. Based on traditional Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture strengthens
body function by encouraging circulation and restores internal harmony and
balance. Not just NBA players, professional and amateur athletes from all over
the world use acupuncture to manage and prevent injuries, alleviate pain, decrease
swelling, spasms and inflammation, and regulate nervous system.
Relative studies conducted by the US National Institutes of
Health, the World Health Organization as well as many research bodies worldwide
have consistently shown that acupuncture is a safe and effective way to deal
with pain and treat sports injuries, as well as supporting general wellness.
More surprisingly, studies have shown that acupuncture has measurable effects
on the flow of blood to certain body areas, which could in consequently boost
athletic performance. One such study conducted at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (the university the author graduated from)
involved some professional athletes running 5,000 meters, and then they are
treated with acupuncture before they had a chance to catch their breath. The
heart rates of the involved athletes who received the acupuncture treatments
recovered more quickly than those in the control group. This might be the main
reason why the Los Angeles guard Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest NBA players
of all time, uses acupuncture three times on a weekly basis, which potentially allows him
to jump higher, run faster and recover quicker.