What is Medical Acupuncture and what are the benefits?
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been practised for over 2,500 years. As acupuncture is a complete medical system, it also compliments to other treatments including physiotherapy. Both the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization also promote acupuncture as an effective treatment for various conditions. It is used most commonly for to reduce pain and promote healing, though it is also used to treat a wide range of conditions. The majority of people who seek out acupuncture do so for musculoskeletal problems, including lower back pain, shoulder pain and stiffness, morning muscle stiffness, and knee pain. Acupuncture is generally only used in combination with other forms of treatment.
Acupuncture has also been proven to be effective to:
- Strengthen the immune system
- Relieve pain in arthritis
- Ankle pain
- Neck pain
- Stop headaches and reduce migraines
- Relieve stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD
- Restore calmness
- Treat chronic pain
- Ease menopause symptoms
What is Acupuncture Treatment Like?
There is a diverse range of acupuncture approaches, involving different philosophies. Although various different techniques of acupuncture practice have emerged, the method used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) seems to be the most widely adopted.
In traditional acupuncture, the acupuncturist decides which points to treat by observing and questioning the patient to make a diagnosis according to the tradition used. A typical Physiotherapy session with acupuncture entails lying still while approximately five to twenty needles are inserted; for the majority of cases, the needles will be left in place for ten to twenty minutes. It can be associated with the application of heat, pressure, or laser light.
At We-Fix-U, medical acupunctures are performed by Physiotherapists who are experienced and registered by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Give us a call to learn more about Acupuncture at our Physiotherapy Bowmanville Clinic, Cobourg Clinic, Oshawa Clinic, Peterborough Clinic, and Port Hope Clinic. You could also reach us online here.