Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique used to increase function, improve natural healing, and reduce or relieve pain. This safe and effective method can be used to supplement traditional physiotherapy, or as an alternative when traditional therapy has been unsuccessful.
Acupuncture is the process of inserting very sterile needles into specific points on the body. The Western approach or Anatomical acupuncture our Physiotherapists use refers to a modern approach taken by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI), using knowledge of anatomy and physiology to stimulate muscles, tendons, nerves, and connective tissues.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture stimulates the body to release endorphins – the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals. Endorphins can help block pain messages, potentially resulting in:
- Relief of muscle, joint, and/or nerve pain
- Decreasing headache symptoms
- Increasing energy
- Reducing injury-associated anxiety
The insertion of the fine needles is minimally invasive, with little to no discomfort. We use only sterile, disposable needles to prevent the risk of infection.
The number of treatments will vary between individuals and conditions, but we typically recommend a trial of three to five treatments. We will do an individualized assessment to determine if acupuncture is the right option for your treatment plan. Contact us today.