Hello Gold Medal!
Integrative medicine is on the podium with Michael Phelps and the red circular marks caused by cupping, an ancient Chinese medicine that has been around for thousands of years. Mr. Phelps is considered by many to be the greatest Olympian of all time with the most gold medals ever won in the Olympics Games as well as most medals won overall. It is not surprising that the world’s greatest Olympian (with limitless access to the best in medicine) includes integrative modalities to help him achieve and maintain his success. Cupping is an ancient therapy that aids in pain reduction, stimulates the circulation of blood and lymph, breaks up obstructions and promotes the removal of toxins. Michael Phelps and many other Olympians (USA Men’s Gymnastics, Track & Field and Women’s Swim team) also utilize cupping to help them achieve their astounding athletic performances.
Another great example of integrative medicine being an integral part of elite athletic performance is professional tennis. Novak Djokovic is ranked the #1 player in the world and he credits going gluten-free as the turning point in his career, both mentally and physically. Whether it’s nutrition or finding non-toxic treatment options for pain and muscle soreness, integrative medicine offers solutions that are helping the best of the best rise (along with their immense dedication and training) to the top podium!
Congratulations to all the 2016 Olympians!
Tina Beaudoin, ND