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What is Medical Acupuncture?
Medical Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning, by inserting sterile needles at very precise acupuncture points throughout the body. It also may involve enhancing the treatment by following up with the application of heat or electrical stimulation at those precise acupuncture points.
How Does Medical Acupuncture Work?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body, and our overall well-being is dependent on a balanced and smooth flow of energy throughout these meridians. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up. Deficiencies, blockages or imbalances in energy, blood, or nervous impulses may eventually lead to a decline in well-being or an assortment of illnesses.
What is the Goal of Acupuncture?
The goal of Acupuncture is to treat the whole person, restoring balance in the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the individual. The meridians can be influenced by “needling” the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can correct imbalances and assist energy production activities and the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Medical acupuncture therapy is a system which can influence three areas of health care:
- promotion of health and well-being,
- prevention of illness
- treatment of various medical conditions.
What Can Acupuncture be used to treat?
While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner, it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the support or adjunct to other medical treatment forms in many medical and surgical disorders. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:
- Chronic Pain
- Muscle and joint pain
- Sciatic pain
- Digestive disorders such as intestinal gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, and diarrhea
- Cold and flu symptoms
- Women’s health (menstrual issues, urinary tract issues, etc.)
- Weight loss
- Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections.
- Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension and stress, as well as emotional conditions.
Does Acupuncture Really Work?
Yes. In the past 2000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, the Soviet Union, and in Europe. It is now being used more and more in North America by patients and physicians. Acupuncture treatments can be given at the same time other techniques are being used, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments, and homeopathic or naturopathic prescriptions. It is important that your Acupuncturist knows everything that you are doing, so he or she can help you get the most benefit from all your treatments.
How Many Acupuncture Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. Individualized programs are developed after a thorough initial diagnosis with a practitioner. As with other common treatment approaches, some conditions can respond quite quickly, with noticeable improvement experienced after only a few treatments. Since the goal is to stimulate our body’s innate healing ability, more complex or long-standing conditions typically require longer care plans, where positive health results occur more gradually.
How safe is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an external, all-natural, drug-free therapy. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are completely sterile and disposable. Relatively few complications from the use of Acupuncture have ever been reported.
At Max Physiotherapy, we invite you to discuss any questions or concerns with us directly. We are happy to answer ALL of them!
The entire team at Max Physiotherapy looks forward to providing you with compassionate care.
Call us at (403) 453-5000 to book your Acupuncture Appointment today!