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Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash Basketball Greats Stay Great with Acupuncture

Kristen Sparrow • March 23, 2024

When you make gazillions of dollars from you physical abilities, the last thing every NBA star would want to happen is injuries. . This video has three stories from the greats about their experience with acupuncture Find out who is the unlikely “connoissier of ancient medicine”, who was reluctant because of needle fear, and who strongly recommends it. NBA stars need to treat any injuries fast, or best of all, avoid them to keep their performance all-star.  Acupuncture is used for injuries the world over.

The late Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, and Charles Barkley were among the NBA legends who reportedly used acupuncture during their active years in the league. Shaquille O’Neal first used it in 2002 to aid a significant toe injury and hamstring pain.

I’ll get some acupuncture and get rid of it,” O’Neal said via Hoopshype. “I’ve always been a connoisseur of ancient medicine.

“Sh!t, I just want to get better, I tried it and it worked really well.” Chauncy Billups 2004 NBA Finals MVP said he used acupuncture while recovering from his torn Achilles in 2012.  He admitted that he didn’t like the needles idea ,but he tried it anyway.  It helped ease the pain, and after several weeks, he could do leg workouts again.

I tried it and it did work really well,” Billups told Hoopshype in 2017. “It helped the swelling and took some of the pain away, so it became a weekly thing for me for a while. I don’t love needles, but I was at the point where I was like, ‘Sh*t, I just want to get better. That’s what pushed me to do it, and it worked well. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty cool.

Importantly, “Mr. Big Shot” recommends it to his fellow athletes.

“Acupuncture surprised player Eleven-year NBA veteran Jared Jeffries. According to Jeffries, he “had been hearing” some positive feedback about it, so he gave it a shot. Jeffries was surprised that “it worked.” (Why are these players all so surprised?? It’s been around for centuries!)

It was for my knee, and I’d heard that it would help certain muscles around my knee relax,” Jeffries said. “I went to see an acupuncturist when I was in Washington and I liked it. I was looking for an alternative way to relieve pain and loosen the muscles, and it worked.

The only reason I’d recommend it is because I’ve seen it work for me,” he added. “It’s not like I’ve read about it or heard about, I’ve seen it work. I helped me through my Achilles recovery, so I would definitely recommend it.

If it’s good enough for them, shouldn’t you give it a try?  Or should I say “a shot”??