Acupuncture is a relatively painless, therapeutic method stemming from traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture stimulates the body's own healing responses to assist in the rehabilitation of injury, or increase ease in motion.
Acupuncture is a natural, therapeutic technique that is used for pain reduction, to promote natural and drug free healing, and to improve the function of the affected area's of the body. It is the insertion of very fine needles, through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body.
Classical or traditional acupuncture was developed in China as a tool for diagnosing and treating pain and disease. Although proven to be a beneficial therapy, it is only within recent years that scientific and medical communities of Europe and North America have begun to study and understand it's effectiveness.
Medical acupuncture refers to a more modern approach to acupuncture. Medical based acupuncturists utilize the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology to develop their treatment plans and plans of management for their patients.
Modern technology has allowed some variations to traditional acupuncture treatments. Electroacupuncture involves the stimulation of the inserted needles with a gentle electrical impulse.
What can acupuncture treat?
Based on recent research, validated by the World Health Organization, acupuncture is a beneficial treatment for a wide range of medical problems, including, but not limited to:
Acute and Chronic Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Facial Pain and TMJ Pain
Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Neck and Back Pain
Tendonitis / Tendinosis
Tennis Elbow / Golfers Elbow
Trigger Points / Knots
Acupuncture can treat various conditions from headaches to tennis elbow. If you are suffering from a condition not listed here, please ask us about it.
How does it work?
Acupuncture encourages the body to make it's own natural pain killers called "endorphins". These endorphins mimic morphine and act on the nervous system by helping to block the pain pathways that relay messages from the brain. The release of the endorphins also causes general relaxation and over-all improved function of the body. Acupuncture also helps to promote healing by increasing blood flow to the area.
Does acupuncture hurt or have any side effects?
Practitioners trained in medical acupuncture are trained in painless needling techniques, so there is very little if any discomfort at all, depending on the treatment site. Many patients report the experience as relaxing. Most people would be fine to have acupuncture and would experience no side effects, however women in early pregnancy and haemophiliacs should be treated with caution.
Patients with pacemakers should avoid electrical stimulation.