Human body is a very complicated system. The various organs in our bodies execute and differentiate specific bodily functions. They maintain a significant and intimate relationship with each other in order to carry out these functions. Thus, a complication in one organ will lead to an overall abnormal function as a whole.
Fortunately, however, human body possesses a natural healing ability which monitors and maintains the health as well as protects against minor complications. This concept is called homeostasis and upon breaking or unbalancing this homeostasis, we experience illness and diseases. For example, after an intensive exercise we occasionally experience cramps in our muscles. The reason is because there is excess amount of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other substances deposited within the muscle, which interferes with the normal flow of blood and break the homeostasis.
Sports massage is a form of palpation therapy that helps the body to return to homeostatic state by physically stimulating the skin. In this particular case, sports massage is performed on the muscle to indirectly stimulate a normal blood circulation as well as balance the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide in order to ultimately bring the muscle to a homeostatic state.
Sports massage has been used specifically for athletes during sports events with the purpose to improve their performance and decrease the risk of sports injuries. However, with the increasing effectiveness of sports massage, it has recently become popular for general patients.
When Dr. Yoo is out on the field during sports events, he engages in a pre-event sports massage program in which he offers special massages for the athletes to mainly help decrease the risk of sports injuries. His pre-event massage is given before each event in order to improve performance and help athletes to develop a good mental condition, which prepares them to perform well in the competition. He also gives acupuncture treatments on site to those who incur non life-threatening injuries during the events.
Sports Medicine and Acupuncture
With Korean marathoner, Bong-Joo Lee, Dr. Yoo's long time patient