A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is used to treat acute and chronic pain and help injuries heal. Embraced by many holistic and alternative medicine practices, it involves the manual stimulation of specific acupuncture points throughout the body using thin needles. Used to treat a variety of conditions, it is an important aspect of many physiotherapy practices.
This safe, effective treatment is typically performed over the course of several sessions at a rate of twice per week for anywhere between 6 and 12 weeks, although some patients find best success with ongoing treatments. During the treatment, patients are asked to lie still while the acupuncturist sterilizes the skin and inserts 4-12 needles, depending on the condition and area being treated. These needles are single use to prevent contamination and are typically made of stainless steel.
A variety of lengths and widths are available for use in different treatment areas with the shorter ones used near the face and longer ones used for fleshier areas. The needles are left in place for approximately 20 minutes and may be gently manipulated by the practitioner who will spin, flick, and move the needles in and out of the skin.
While it is not known for sure exactly how acupuncture works to relieve pain, many experts believe that it causes a release of endorphins in the body. This stimulates the nerves, muscles, and connective tissues and increases blood flow, boosting the body’s natural painkillers.
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Acupuncture can be used safely to treat patients of all ages, although some medical conditions may not be a good match for this procedure. If you suffer from blood disorders or mental health issues, you should discuss acupuncture with your physician to see if it is right for you.
Our wide range of pain management and rehabilitation techniques extend beyond the usual scope of physiotherapy clinics, allowing our staff of expert health professionals to create the perfect treatment program for your needs.
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