Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of solid filiform Acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of Acupuncture.
Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. Many people come to Acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions.
- Anxiety states
- Back pain
- Circulatory problems
- Facial paralysis
- High blood pressure
- Indeterminate aches and pains
- Infertility and menstrual problems
- Pregnancy management and childbirth pain
- Skin conditions
Acupuncture is a safe treatment for all. Acupuncture is also helpful for people trying to overcome addictions such as, those related to smoking, alcohol, food or drugs.
It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with Acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed.
Acupuncture needles are solid, usually stainless steel and measure from 13-70 mm, The needles are very fine, flexible and rounded but sharp at the tip. They are "atraumatic", meaning that they do not have a cutting edge like a hypodermic needle, which slices through tissue. Their design allows acupuncture needles to slide smoothly through tissues and makes them unlikely to cause bleeding or damage to underlying structures.
Acupuncture points (also referred to as "acupoints") are places on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of electricity than the surrounding skin and are part of a network of points that were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. Most are found along "meridians" or "channels" that are believed to be the pathways by which energy or Qi (pronounced "Chee") flows through the body.
The needles are left in place for 15-30 minutes, and the practitioner may manipulate the needles to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi. Lifting, twisting, and rotating are some of the needling techniques a practitioner may use.
All of our certified Acupuncturists are also Physiotherapists. They implement this form of treatment in addition to traditional methods to encourage a complete and successful rehabilitation.
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Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. “What is Acupuncture?” AFCI. Retrieved February 27, 2009, from http://www.afcinstitute.com/AboutAcupuncture/WhatisAcupuncture/tabid/73/Default.aspx