Athlete Approved Alternative Medicine

A common misconception holds that some alternative medicine techniques look more like they’d hurt than help! Lean on the expertise of medical professionals when deciding what treatments are the real deal.

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Graston Technique – AKA The “Medieval Looking” Technique Michael Phelps Swears By
The Graston Technique involves pressing metal instruments of various sizes. These instruments are combed over painful areas of the body to break up adhesions.

Michael Phelps is among the most outspoken advocates of the technique, which is used to improve the look of scars, relieve cramps, and more. Phelps described the treatment to Details magazine as “pretty intense,” but a vital step in his recovery routine–and certainly a more attainable one than sleeping in an altitude chamber set to 8,000 feet (for most of us, anyway!).

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Kinesio Tape – The Hot Athletic Accessory

Kinesio taping became widely known at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where beach volleyball stars like Katrin Holtwick decked out in brightly colored strips of tape. More recently, NBA star Carmelo Anthony has sported the look, among others.

Kinesio Taping is designed to provide additional support to the musculoskeletal system. It’s sometimes used on injured areas to speed recovery. You don’t need to be a pro to try out the benefits of this technique– ASOMI offers taping services starting at $30.

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Acupuncture – Ancient Medicine for the Modern All-Star

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is among the latest athletes to turn to acupuncture for relief. This traditional medicine method has been in use for thousands of years, and helps many–athletes and civilians alike–deal with pain and inflammation. Acupuncturists insert thin needles to stimulate acupuncture pressure points throughout the body. Today, acupuncture is often used as part of a holistic treatment plan which may include other alternative techniques, such as cupping and hot and cold treatments. At the ASOMI acupuncture center, our specialists offer specialized acupuncture options in addition to traditional acupuncture, to more effectively treat specific conditions or aid in recovery from injuries.

Interested in exploring how these techniques may benefit you? Please contact ASOMI today to request an appointment.

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