Medical acupuncture targets nerves in order to reduce pain, stiffness, and dysfunction. Medical acupuncture has many effects; The needle stimulus interrupts the transmission of pain from the injury site to the brain; it stimulates healing at the injury site by stimulating the nervous system to release specific pain controlling and anti-inflammatory chemicals; relaxes muscle spasm by fatiguing the muscle through the electrical stimulation of the specific muscle; and increases circulation at the injury site which helps to decrease inflammation at the site of injury.
For more information, see the McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupunture Program description.
Acupuncture has been used for centuries as a holistic form of medicine. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of many conditions including acute injuries, arthritis and headaches.
Medical Acupuncture is the biomedical adaptation of Chinese acupuncture methods, and is an effective and simple treatment approach based on current concepts of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and pathophysiology. As in traditional acupuncture, Medical Acupuncture involves insertion of solid needles at relevant points on the body in combination with manual needle stimulation or electrical stimulation. Medical Acupuncture does not involve tongue or pulse diagnosis. Rather, a diagnosis is attained through thorough history taking and physical examination. Based on this process, anatomical points that are relevant to the condition are selected for needling.
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a scientific refinement for the treatment of pain conditions, as well as performance and sports injuries. Research is ongoing to demonstrate that acupuncture has the following effects:
- Decreases pain and inflammation
- Increases circulation and promotes tissue healing
- Increases range of motion
- Increases strength
- Promotes rehabilitation of the joints, nerves, muscles, and other soft tissues
We offer daytime, evening, and weekend appointments for all services. To book an appointment, please call us at 905.829.0724.