Acupuncture is a safe and beneficial tool that trained therapists may use in combination with other physiotherapy modalities.
Based on the philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture helps maintain or restore the balance of energy, or qi (pronounced: chee), in the body, ultimately reducing pain and discomfort for patients.
In Western medicine, “practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue.” (Mayo Clinic). When stimulating these points, “the body releases endorphins – “natural pain-relieving neurohormones” (Acupuncture Canada), which in turn impacts the muscular, skeletal, neurological, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems.
Acupuncture can be used to treat the following issues (and more):
Pre and post-treatment instructions
A typical treatment
As with all treatments at Acceleration Physiotherapy, your physio will begin with a thorough assessment. Once this is complete, and your therapist has determined that acupuncture is an appropriate form of treatment for you, the following steps will occur:
Patients often experience relief, relaxation, and/or an energy boost after an appointment. You will likely need to attend a few treatments before substantial, long-lasting results are apparent. Of course, every patient’s health situation is different, meaning there will be some variance in the number of treatments you may need. At Acceleration Physiotherapy, acupuncture is typically used in conjunction with a comprehensive rehab plan.
Read on below for more answers to frequently asked questions about this form of treatment
Are there side effects?
Acupuncture Canada explains that “acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment with very few adverse effects and complications from its use.” It goes on to cite the York Acupuncture Safety Study, which was a prospective study of 34,407 acupuncture treatments. In the study, researchers saw “no serious adverse effects and only 43 cases of mild adverse effects”.
Are there different types of acupuncture?
Physiotherapy Alberta describes the two different approaches to acupuncture, which may overlap: “Traditional Chinese acupuncture is based on a belief that the needles stimulate energy flow in the body. Western medical acupuncture adapts the traditional Chinese approach and applies a scientific method to understand and explain its effects.” Treatments at Acceleration Physiotherapy will be based primarily on anatomical/western medical acupuncture.
Am I a candidate for acupuncture?
While acupuncture can support recovery for a variety of issues, this modality is not for everyone. As always, your therapist will conduct a thorough assessment before determining if needling is an appropriate part of your treatment plan. Acupuncture may be ruled out if you’re pregnant, have epilepsy/seizures, suffer from an overwhelming fear of needles, have a bleeding disorder, or have a pacemaker.
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