Acupuncture therapy encourages natural healing to improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain, decrease inflammation, improve circulation and improve the function of the affected body part.
Acupuncture has been practiced for over 3000 years as a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is scientifically proven to be safe and effective form of therapy to treat a variety of conditions. It is based on the belief that human beings possess energy called “Qi”, pronounced “chee” and any imbalances will result in illnesses.
Acupuncture therapy consists of inserting fine, single- use disposable needles at specific points on the body which is quite painless and at times you may experience a mild ache or warmth around the insertion site. The stimulation of the needles will restore the healthy flow of “Qi” in the body and stimulates the brain to release endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer.
Acupuncture therapy can be used in combination with other physiotherapy treatments to provide exceptional results depending on your condition.
How is Acupuncture different than IMS?
IMS and Chinese Acupuncture are different in theory, evaluation and application from one other. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is based on Eastern Medicine and involves inserting needles along channels (meridians) in the body to restore ‘Qi’, or life energy. This is believed to help restore balance, decrease pain and promote healing. IMS is based on Western Medical Science and involves a thorough medical examination of the neuromuscular system. Needles are inserted directly into hyperirritable spots to decrease muscle tension at its source and release pressure off irritated nerves. With the right treatment plan, IMS can effectively treat the source of the pain and restore movement and function.
Acupuncture at Burnaby PhysioCare
At Absolute PhysioCare, our physiotherapists are highly trained to deliver acupuncture therapy effectively and are Certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI).
Conditions Acupuncture Treats
Specific conditions treatable with acupuncture include the following:
- Physical pain following a motor vehicle or, workplace accident, sports injury or repetitive use injury.
- Neck and back pain
- Muscle spasm and joint pain
- Headache and migraine
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
- Frozen shoulder
- Nerve pain
- Post-surgical pain
- Fatigue, Insomnia
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