Acupuncture Therapy is considered an alternative healing medicine for treating pain, muscle spasm and inflammatory conditions. Our Burnaby Physiotherapists are specially trained in Acupuncture Therapy to deliver effective treatment.
- How does Acupuncture work?
- Is Acupuncture painful? What does it feel like?
- Is Acupuncture safe?
- How many sessions of treatment will I need?
- What conditions can be helped with Acupuncture?
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is the stimulation, by insertion of needles, of specific points on the body which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones. Acupuncture affects the functioning of the hormonal system, promotes a decrease in inflammation, increased circulation and relief from pain.
Is Acupuncture Painful? What Does it Feel Like?
Acupuncture is usually a comfortable treatment. Needles are very fine, metallic and as thin as a hair, making them quite painless upon insertion. Everyone experiences Acupuncture differently, but most feel no pain or very minimal pain as the needles are inserted. You may experience a mild aching sensation or warmth around the needle site.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is a safe technique, provided that practitioners are properly trained and follow appropriate techniques. Our AFCI-trained Burnaby Physiotherapists use single-use, sterile disposable needles and have been trained regarding precautions and contraindications to Acupuncture. There are typically no adverse effects or complications from its use.
It is important to notify the practitioner if you are a hemophiliac, pregnant or on blood thinners, as Acupuncture treatment may have to be modified or may not be appropriate.
How Many Sessions of Treatment Will I Need?
Many people with acute pain see a significant difference within one to two treatments. Chronic pain can take longer to respond, perhaps 2 to 3 sessions per week for a few weeks, depending on the condition being treated. Maintenance treatments could range from weekly to monthly or when symptoms begin to recur.
What Conditions Can be Helped With Acupuncture?
There are many conditions that have been shown to be helped with the use of Acupuncture. Our Burnaby Physiotherapy Clinic commonly treat conditions such as:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Muscular spasm
- Nerve pain
- Post surgical pain