Athletes and Alternative Medicine

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Athletes and Alternative Medicine

As an athlete, you need to be in a state of continual improvement, continual practice, and continual innovation. To stay fit and functional, it’s crucial to address health issues, not just as they arise, but also preventatively. It’s no secret that many top athletes employ alternative medicine to keep them at the top of their game. But which of those practices are helpful for the rest of us?

Acupuncture/Dry Needling: Acupuncture and the related field of dry needling both use intramuscular stimulation via small, fine needles in order to relieve pain/inflammation and encourage healing. The benefits of acupuncture and dry needling are well established, with few risks when practiced by professionals.

Kinesio Taping: Kinesio taping and related methods are rehabilitative tape placements designed to provide support and stability without movement restriction as well as reduce swelling. Although Kinesio taping is noninvasive, when applied improperly it can cause tissue damage, so it’s crucial that a certified or experienced practitioner performs this treatment.

Chiropractic/Osteopathic Treatment: Both chiropractic and osteopathic treatments involve muscle, bone, and tissue manipulation to improve function and flexibility. Both practices have a long history of success with minimal risk.

Lomilomi: Lomilomi is a Hawaiian practice of massage without the use of any tools or devices, emphasizing the benefits of skin to skin contact, often in concert with other holistic modalities.

PRP Treatment: Also known as platelet-rich plasma therapy, PRP involves injecting a concentrated version of the patient’s own blood into injured tissue to stimulate recovery. Because PRP has no outside substances, it is ideal for athletes who compete in sports where certain substances have been banned.

Prolotherapy: Prolotherapy is another injected treatment, using a non-nutrient, non-steroid dextrose and anesthetic combination to fortify ligaments, tendons, or joint capsules. While the anesthetic component is non-narcotic, it may not be approved for use in all sports, so consult your doctor prior to treatment.

If you’re looking to improve as an athlete or come back vigorously from an injury, you should certainly consider adding one or more of these alternative treatments to your medical regimen. To speak to one of our experienced staff about which options would be best for your situation, request an appointment now!


Good health requires balance. Physical fitness, nutrition, sleep, pain management, and stress relief all contribute to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. At the Advanced Health and Wellness Center of New Jersey, we help patients struggling with weight loss, fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other conditions using holistic techniques. Request an appointment and get started on a path towards comprehensive wellness.