Acupuncture is a therapeutic method of encouraging natural healing in the body by the insertion of fine needles into specific acupuncture points.
Acupuncture points or Acupoints are areas of low electrical resistance on the body. Stimulation of these points can result in reduced pain and improved function of affected areas of the body.
Acupuncture treatment is safe and usually painless. The needles are sterile, fine, solid but flexible, with a sharp tip. They do not have a cutting edge, so insertion does not traumatise the tissue.
Acupuncture needles are typically left in the body for 15-30 minutes and may be manually manipulated (spun, lifted, flicked) over the course of treatment to maintain stimulation of the needles. Electrical stimulation, or electro-acupuncture may be applied to the needles to further enhance the pain relieving effects of acupuncture.
Acupuncture treatment may be used by your physiotherapist as part of a comprehensive physiotherapy treatment program for injuries or conditions that would otherwise be treated by a physiotherapist.
Matt, Bill and Luke are rostered to perform acupuncture through the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.