Acupuncture is one of the most popular sensory stimulation therapies. It is an ancient technique of inserting and manipulating fine needles to stimulate specific anatomic points, also known as acupuncture points or meridian points. Acupuncture is often used for the treatment of conditions associated with pain and is supported by evidence of biological mechanisms.
As part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, this regulates the flow of Qi (energy) along pathways in the body known as meridians.
In Western medicine, acupuncture is taught as a means to treat an illness, dysfunction and/or pain. Acupuncture is used to relieve pain, alter movement patterns and enhance overall performance. It releases tight and sore muscles, improves circulation, activates the muscle, and restores a normal range of motion. For more details contact Ottawa Health Group today!
Common conditions that have shown beneficial response include:
- Neck and Back Pain
- Muscle Pain or Strains or Spasms
- Postural Strains
- Stress and Tension Syndromes
- Chronic injuries
- Post-Operative pain
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Dysfunction
- Frozen Shoulder
- Shin Splints
- Knee Pain
- Nerve Pain, including Numbness and Tingling
Acupuncture can be very effective by itself but is even more effective in combination with other forms of treatment, such as chiropractic. It can also make it easier to perform manual therapy and improves the ability to complete exercises.
What to Expect:
After a thorough history and examination, your doctor will develop a treatment plan and select specific acupuncture points for you. The acupuncture needles will be inserted under the skin or into the muscles in specific points and remain there for 15-30 minutes. Electrical current may be used to enhance the acupuncture treatment. It is best to remain still, focus on your breathing and relax during the treatment. Once the treatment is completed, the doctor will remove and count all needles, disposing of them in a sharps container.
Acupuncture is an effective method for alleviating the chronic pain that results from muscle tension, but it is not something that can be practiced at home or without a licensed and experienced acupuncturist. Contact Ottawa Health Group for an appointment and to find out how this form of treatment may be able to support your optimal wellbeing.