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Medical Acupuncture Explained

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a safe, natural, and clinically effective option for the treatment of a variety of common orthopedic and functional health conditions.  It involves the insertion of very thin needles over carefully selected areas of the body where nerves and their receptors are found.  This stimulates numerous responses in the central nervous system (scientifically documented), that are of potential benefit for many conditions.

Contemporary Acupuncture works by activation of the natural pain control and healing mechanisms of the body.  It improves local circulation and muscle nutrition, restoring muscle strength and decreasing pain.  Acupuncture normalizes nerve communication at many levels of the central nervous system, resulting in better hormonal, visceral and muscular activity, and a higher sense of well being and relaxation.

Chinese Acupuncture Explained

Unlike Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Acupuncture has a broader scope of practice and is used to treat conditions beyond those that are musculoskeletal in nature.  TCM Acupuncture works on the principal of unblocking chi (ch’i or qi) by inserting needles at particular points on the body to balance the opposing forces of yin and yang. Chi is an energy that allegedly permeates all things. It is believed to flow through the body along 14 main pathways called meridians.

When yin and yang are in harmony, chi flows freely within the body and a person is healthy. When a person is sick, diseased, or injured, there is an obstruction of chi along one of the meridians. Traditional Chinese medicine has identified some 500 specific points where needles are to be inserted for specific effects. In Ontario, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) receive 4 years of training and hands-on clinical experience in acupuncture techniques and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Medical acupuncture is effective in treating;

  • Headaches

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Pain Management

  • Acute and Chronic Injuries

  • Sports Injuries

  • Tennis/Golfers elbow

  • Muscle and Joint Pain

  • Low Back and Neck Pain

  • Arthritis

  • Pelvic Pain / Urinary Problems

  • Digestive Problems

  • Mood Problems

  • Addictions

  • Menstrual Problems / Hot Flashes

TCM is effective in treating;

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Pain Management

  • Headaches

  • Hormonal Imbalance

  • Digestive Issues / Condition

  • Balancing Energy

  • Fertility

An acupuncture session typically takes between 30-40 minutes depending on your individual needs. Treatment may be combine biopuncture with acupuncture, when indicated. Research shows that a series of 6 sessions closely spaced delivers best results.

What Makes Contemporary Acupuncture So Different?

Contemporary Acupuncture practitioners are conventional health professionals with a special skill. They design your acupuncture treatments based on a thorough evaluation of your neurofunction. They select specific goals based on the most important physiological functions in need of regulation, using precise peripheral nerve stimulation sites to best promote these therapeutic responses.

All acupuncture interventions are potentially beneficial because of their expected effects on human physiology. Contemporary Acupuncture practitioners have studies these effects and know hot to best achieve the desired therapeutic goals in a clean, logical, reproducible, and scientific manner.

Is The Acupuncture Treatment Uncomfortable?

Contemporary Acupuncture practitioners use a painless insertion technique, with a two hand contact, providing comfort and control at all times. Modern acupuncture needles are very thin, sterile, and single use. They are solid with a round tip that gently parts tissues without damaging them. Discomfort during this process is minimal. At times, a special electrical device is used to improve the effects of the treatment. This electrical stimulation is quite comfortable.

How Soon Does Acupuncture Work?

In most cases, a positive response is seen quite early, sometimes in the first session. Your practitioner will design the best plan for you, based on your condition, from 2-3 times a week to once per week. positive responses for simple pain problems require 6-8 treatments, while chronic conditions may require 10-12.

Are There Any Adverse Effect With Acupuncture?

Adverse effects of acupuncture are rare, the most common being minor bruising or minimal bleeding (about 0.3% in 1000 treatments). Mild drowsiness and/or a sense of euphoria may occur after treatments, so you should keep this in mind before driving. Truly rare adverse effects can be explained to you by your practitioner.

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