What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is based on treating the body as a whole and on understanding that health must be restored rather than problems or disease removed. It has been used for thousands of years in eastern countries to help restore and maintain good health, and by combining these techniques with advances in evidence-based medicine, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture was developed, which is the technique used at Riverside Chiropractic here in London Ontario . Acupuncture works by stimulating key points on the body, using needles to restore natural balance and aid healing through the nervous system and chemical messengers in the body.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a precise method of stimulating the nervous system by utilizing thin, sterile, disposable needles at specific sites in order to restore normal activity in the body. “Neuromodulation” is the term that is used to describe this treatment goal at our acupuncture clinic, and treatments are mechanism based or “functional.” This may include increasing blood flow and healing to certain areas, or releasing chemical messengers to aid healing and decrease pain. Many patients respond very well to acupuncture with noticeable improvement right away.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
For most patients, acupuncture treatment causes minimal to no pain with needling, due to the extreme slenderness of the needles and the skill of the acupuncture provider. Most people report that they barely feel the needles, if felt at all. With the use of disposable needles, the risk of any serious side-effects or infections is virtually non-existent.
Benefits of Acupuncture:
Acupuncture is used to restore balance in the nervous system and improve the body’s signaling abilities with chemical messengers. Therefore, acupuncture treatment has been credited with helping many conditions, and the benefits of acupuncture are abundant. Acupuncture treatment is directed at the health needs of the person holistically, as well as locally at the area of pain or dysfunction. Acupuncture benefits have been known to include:
- Neck & Low Back Pain
- Headaches & Migraines
- Sciatica & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shoulder, Elbow, Hip and Knee Pain
- Arthritis Pain
- Fibromyalgia & Pain Disorders
- Anxiety & Stress-related Symptoms
- Sports-related Injuries
- Asthma, Bronchitis and Allergies
- Infertility & Women’s Issues