What is Medical Acupuncture?
Medical acupuncture applies the evidence-based concepts of acupuncture to relieve pain, muscle spasms, movement dysfunction, improve circulation, and improve performance. Acupuncture awakens the nervous system to use the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective form of therapy that can be used to help people of all ages and abilities. It can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including musculoskeletal pain, headaches, digestive disorders, respiratory conditions, and mental health concerns, among others.
Acupuncture can be beneficial for people who are seeking a natural and holistic approach to healthcare, or who are looking for an alternative to conventional medical treatments. It can also be used as a complement to other treatments and therapies, to help enhance their effectiveness and improve overall health and wellbeing.
What Can Acupuncture Help With?
- Neck and Back Pain
- Muscle Strains/Sprains
- Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shoulder Dysfunction
- Nerve Pain
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What To Expect During An Acupuncture Session
During a medical acupuncture session, the practitioner will insert fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body, based on a careful assessment of the patient’s condition and symptoms. The needles are typically left in place for several minutes, and the practitioner may also use other techniques, such as cupping, to further stimulate the body’s healing response.
At Altea Physiotherapy + Wellness, our experienced professionals offer medical acupuncture services that are designed to promote natural healing, reduce pain and inflammation, and improve your holistic physical and mental health. We use the latest techniques and equipment to deliver safe and effective care, and we are committed to providing a welcoming and relaxing environment to help you feel at ease.
Our physiotherapist Carly has been certified in anatomical acupuncture with the Canadian Acupuncture Foundation (CAFCI) since 2013. If you’re unsure if acupuncture is a fit for you, get in touch!
Frequently Asked Acupuncture Questions
Q: What is acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing practice that involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the body’s natural healing response.
Q: What are 3 benefits of acupuncture?
A: Here are three potential benefits of acupuncture:
Pain relief: Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in reducing pain and discomfort associated with a wide range of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, and headaches. It is believed to work by stimulating the body’s natural pain-relieving mechanisms and reducing inflammation.
Stress relief: Acupuncture has been shown to promote relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety, which can have a positive impact on overall health and wellbeing. It is believed to work by promoting the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.
Improved physical and mental health: Acupuncture has been shown to have a positive impact on a wide range of physical and mental health concerns, including digestive disorders, respiratory conditions, reproductive health issues, and mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. It is believed to work by restoring the body’s natural balance and promoting overall health and wellbeing.
Q: Is acupuncture actually good for you?
A: Acupuncture has been shown to be a safe and effective form of therapy for many people, and is widely recognized as a useful complementary therapy that can help alleviate symptoms and promote overall health and wellbeing.
Q: Is acupuncture safe?
A: Yes, acupuncture is generally considered to be a safe and effective form of therapy, particularly when performed by a licensed and experienced practitioner. At Altea Physiotherapy + Wellness, our team of professionals is trained to use sterile needles and to follow strict hygiene protocols to ensure your safety.
Q: Does acupuncture hurt?
A: The insertion of acupuncture needles is generally not painful, but you may feel a sensation of pressure or mild discomfort. Once the needles are in place, you may feel a sense of warmth, heaviness, or tingling, which is a sign that the body’s natural healing response has been activated.
Q: What should I expect during an acupuncture session?
A: During an acupuncture session, you will typically lie on a treatment table while the practitioner inserts fine, sterile needles into specific points on your body. You may feel a sensation of pressure or mild discomfort during the insertion of the needles, but this should not be painful. Once the needles are in place, you will be asked to relax for a period of time, typically 15-30 minutes, while the needles stimulate your body’s natural healing response.
Q: What conditions can acupuncture treat?
A: Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including musculoskeletal pain, headaches, and mental health concerns, among others. Your practitioner will work with you to determine whether acupuncture is a suitable form of therapy for your specific needs and goals.
Q: How many acupuncture sessions will I need?
A: The number of acupuncture sessions you will need depends on your specific condition and treatment goals. Your practitioner will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan, which may involve a series of sessions over several weeks or months.
Q: Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
A: Many extended healthcare plans cover acupuncture, but coverage varies depending on the plan. At Altea Physiotherapy + Wellness, we can help you understand your coverage and may be able to submit claims on your behalf to simplify the billing process.
Q: What does acupuncture actually do?
A: Acupuncture is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, which holds that the body has a natural energy flow, known as Qi (pronounced “chee”), that travels along pathways known as meridians. When the flow of Qi is disrupted or blocked, it can lead to pain, discomfort, and illness.
Acupuncture has been shown to promote the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers, and to reduce stress and promote relaxation.
Overall, acupuncture is believed to help restore the natural flow of energy in the body, which can promote healing, reduce pain and discomfort, and improve overall physical and mental health.
Q: What illness can be cured by acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is generally considered a complementary therapy that can help alleviate symptoms and promote overall health and wellbeing. While acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions, it is not considered a cure for any specific illness.
Acupuncture is often used as a treatment for chronic pain, including back pain, neck pain, and headaches. It can also be used to address mental health concerns, such as anxiety and depression.
It’s important to note that the effectiveness of acupuncture may vary depending on the individual and the specific condition being treated. Your practitioner can help you understand whether acupuncture is a suitable form of therapy for your needs, and can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your goals and preferences.