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What is Acupuncture?

There are two different approaches to the use of acupuncture. The Classical approach is based on principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Anatomical approach is based on Western concepts of anatomy and physiology. We use the anatomical approach to acupuncture at our clinic.

Using the anatomical approach, acupuncture can be described as a positive tissue injury, caused by the acupuncture needle, to signal to the body “Hey, there’s an injury here, bring the blood flow here to heal the injured tissue.”

What does acupuncture feel like?

All you will feel is a tiny poke when the needle goes in, then you may feel warm, numb, tingly, heavy, or full. You will most likely feel sore on the day of treatment but that will disappear the following day.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Not more than a pin prick! Some patients hardly feel any pain and comment that they did not even feel the needle going in. So overall, it is little to no pain for maximum gain.

What should you do before an acupuncture treatment?

  • Have a light meal
  • No alcohol, barbiturate or tranquillizer for 4 hours before treatment
  • Do not smoke tobacco for one hour before a treatment
  • Continue any other medication as prescribed by your doctor
  • Be well rested, if possible

What is included in an acupuncture treatment?

Your physiotherapist will perform the following, always using clean & safe technique:

  • Position you comfortably
  • Clean the skin using Stanhexidine (anti bacterial solution)
  • Insert the acupuncture needles
  • Instruct you to remain still and relax
  • Leave the needles in for ~15 minutes
  • Remove the needles
  • Provide after care instructions

What are the therapeutic goals of acupuncture?

  • Reduce pain
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Restore function
  • Balance autonomic nervous system function
  • Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Promote energy & vitality
  • Accelerate tissue healing

Minimal Pain. Maximum Gain.