Chicago Marathon Acupuncture

It’s time again for the Chicago Marathon!

Runners have special preparation needs as over 70% of them will have a mild to serious injury while training and running.

Pre-race, Marathoners spend months training to run the 26-mile course through beautiful Chicago. In the final days, athletes can use acupuncture, cupping, and massage therapy to prepare their body and mind for the stress it is about to endure. Post-race, there will be strains, sprains, shin splints, pulled muscles, and lots of aches and pains - all treatable with acupuncture, cupping, and massage therapy.

Post-race, there will be strains, sprains, shin splints, pulled muscles, sore IT bands, and lots of aches and pains - all treatable with acupuncture, cupping, and massage therapy.

Acupuncture, Cupping, and Massage Therapy benefits runners and athletes of all skill levels.

Runners face issues that are both acute and chronic, including tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, low back pain, joint pain, tracking issues, IT band troubles and more. Acupuncture is effective for these types of injuries because the hair-thin needles can reach pockets of inflammation with a precision that no other modality matches. Acupuncture resolves any lingering inflammation, enabling your body to complete the healing process and restore full strength, mobility, and function to the injured tissue

Acupuncture use by professional athletes and weekend warriors alike increases every year. NBA Players Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and Yao Ming have all praised acupuncture as a treatment that helped them recover from sports injuries.

Michael Phelps use of cupping at the Rio Olympics made headlines, Cupping, a healing treatment for over two millennia, has become more well-known in the U.S. since then. Heated cups create suction that pulls the skin along with blood vessels toward the cups to improve blood circulation. Cupping also greatly aids in reducing muscle aches, swelling as well as chronic back, shoulder and neck pain.

Sports massage therapy treatment for runners follows orthopedic protocol, and includes deep tissue massage, fascia work, and stretching to alleviate acute and chronic pain from injuries and stress.

Acupuncture, cupping, and massage therapy for runners and athletes are used in combination to relieve areas of pain and stress, increase circulation, and activate the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

Pippa Crawford