Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of thin, flexible needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. No drug is injected.
Acupuncture points are places on the skin that have a lower resistance and are part of a network of points that were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. Most are found along ‘meridians’ or ‘channels’ that are believed to be the pathways by which energy or Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) flows through the body.
Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as a complement to physiotherapy.
After the needles are inserted, they are left in place for 15-30 minutes, and may be manipulated to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi. Acupuncture can be your sole form of treatment or incorporated with other physiotherapy treatment methods.
Research: Acupuncture is now commonplace in North America. Recent research shows a correlation between nerves, muscle trigger points and acupoints on the body. High quality studies have concluded that acupuncture is effective in treating low back pain, headaches and neck disorders.
Acupuncture has also shown to be effective in treating sprains, strains and chronic pain.
Safety: Foundation Physiotherapy only uses sterile, single-use needles for each acupuncture application. Possible side effects include slight bruising, achiness and minimal bleeding at the site of insertion.
Our physiotherapists have completed their acupuncture training through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. For your benefit, any session involving acupuncture can be claimed under “acupuncture” or “physiotherapy” coverage through your insurance plan.