How does acupuncture work?
Medical acupuncture involves inserting needles into muscles to help relieve pain and improve function. With the skillful touch of your physiotherapist this treatment is often painless. The needles are thin, sterile, and one-use needles. The positive effects of acupuncture is through the needles stimulation of the nervous system. The needles are inserted into “neuro-reactive” sites in the body which are nerve receptors in the skin and muscle. The nerve receptors sends signals to the spinal cord, then to the brain to produce a therapeutic response to the targeted area which include:
What conditions can medical acupuncture treat?
- increase blood flow to promote healing.
- improve muscle contraction/strength to restore mobility and function.
- release endorphins to decrease pain.
The effects of medical acupuncture is quick and lasting. Acupuncture will stimulate a release of hormones by the body thereby promoting the body’s own natural healing abilities. The effect’s of acupuncture has been well researched and proven to be effective.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of medical acupuncture for the treatment of:
Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, neck and back pain, sports injuries, sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis and facial pain
Digestive disorders: irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhea and gastritis
Menstrual and reproductive problems: dysmenorrhea and peri-menopausal symptoms
Urinary tract disorders: prostatitis and bladder dysfunction
Respiratory problems: sinusitis, asthma, sore throat and recurrent respiratory tract infections
Stress and psycho-emotional problems
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture involves the use of sterile, one use needles to prevent infection. Your physiotherapist has completed a regulated and comprehensive training program in acupuncture. During your initial assessment your physiotherapist will ensure that you are an appropriate candidate for acupuncture. Proper precaution will be taken when performing acupuncture over certain area’s of the body like the thorax and spine to ensure your experience is pain free, safe, and the treatment is effective.
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