Our Chiropractor, Dr. Jenn, is our acupuncture provider. She completed her Contemporary Medical Acupuncture certification at McMaster University and has had great success using this modality to treat her patients.
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What Is Acupuncture ?
During an acupuncture treatment, thin metallic needles are used to penetrate the skin at specific locations in the body. Some insertions are shallow (1-2cm) and other insertions through thicker tissues (like the buttock) can be deeper. Therapists are trained extensively in human anatomy to identify the specific acupuncture points, which are commonly points in the body where nerves run closer to the surface and can be affected by the needles. Needles can be placed directly into the painful area but can also be inserted in an area where you may not be experiencing pain. In these instances, the practitioner is targeting nerves that may be contributing to pain at a more distant location.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
No! Most patients describe the sensation as a small prick when the needle is inserted. If a needle is inserted into a tight muscle it can feel achy, but should never be painful! We pride ourselves on our painless needling technique.
With each treatment session a therapist can insert between 5 and 20 needles that are left in the body for 10-20 minutes. The therapist may apply electrical pulses to the needles or manually twist the needles to create a greater affect. Some people notice an improvement after their first acupuncture session. For others it takes two or three sessions to notice an improvement in their symptoms. Everybody responds differently!
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture increases blood flow to an area that is injured. This helps nourish injured tissues and promote healing. Acupuncture also stimulates the nervous system and can dampen pain signals. This helps you feel better quickly and helps get you back to the activities that you love. Acupuncture also stimulates the release of endorphins which are our bodies natural painkillers!
Acupuncture Pain Treatment
Acupuncture is a highly effective treatment that is commonly used to treat pain and dysfunction in various areas of the body. With the current opioid crisis, acupuncture is a safe alternative for conservative pain management.
Types of Pain Treated by Acupuncture
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions. This includes the following types of pain:
- Headaches and migraines
- Low-back pain
- Neck pain
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Jaw Pain
- Knee Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Elbow Pain
- Hip Pain
- Foot Pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Fibromyalgia pain
Risks and Side Effects of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is safe when performed by a practitioner who has training and experience. Soreness and minor bruising or bleeding may occasionally occur at the point of needle insertion. Our chiropractor will complete a thorough health history to ensure you are a good candidate for acupuncture treatment. She has been very extensively trained to provide you with safe and effective treatment!
If you are pregnant or have a bleeding disorder, let your acupuncture provider know. These conditions may increase your risk of side effects from acupuncture. Also, acupuncture done by electrically stimulating the needles can interfere with a pacemaker. It is important to provide your therapist with this information prior to receiving care.