Acupuncture is the process of inserting very sterile needles into specic points on the body. Physiotherapists use acupuncture as a treatment to help reduce or relieve pain and effectively treat injuries.
Traditional acupuncture, based on the theories and techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has been used as a method for balancing the body's energy to prevent or cure diseases and disorders. The Western acupuncture approach that our physiotherapists follow stimulates specific points in the body to relieve pain.
BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE
In conjunction with other treatment methods, acupuncture can help:
- Relieve muscle, joint, and/or nerve pain
- Decrease headache symptoms
- Increase energy
- Reduce injury-associated anxiety
WHAT TO EXPECT
Acupuncture will be recommended based on an individualized assessment and often is used in conjunction with other physiotherapy treatments.
Acupuncture points will be selected based on the area of injury and your individual needs. Very thin, single use, sterile needles are used, preventing any risk of infection. Most individuals experience little to no discomfort, although a warm or aching sensation lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours may be experienced around the insertion point. The number of treatments will vary depending on what condition is being treated. For acute injuries, only a few treatments may be required. For complex or longstanding issues, your physio- therapist may recommend additional sessions.
Acupuncture is a very safe treatment. The most common adverse reaction is slight bleeding or bruising at the insertion point. A small number of individuals may experience dizziness, nausea, or fainting.