Acupuncture at Leduc Physio
Acupuncture is one of the oldest practices of traditional Chinese medicine, recorded to be used as early as 100 BC.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body at specific points along energy meridian lines of the body. Acupuncture stimulates the balance and flow of Qi (pronounced chee) energy that in Traditional Chinese Medicine is considered essential to health. When the body is healthy, Qi flows smoothly through meridians of the entire body. If the balance or flow of Qi is deficient or obstructed, the body may be diseased or susceptible to illness.
How does it 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. The needles stimulates a release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones.
Treatments can affect the hormonal system to promote a decrease in inflammation, increase circulation, improve energy, and relieve pain.
Needles are left in place for 15 to 30 minutes during which time the practitioner may manipulate the needles in order to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a vast number of painful conditions such as sciatica, lower back pain, osteoarthritis, sprains and strains, whiplash, headaches, as well as neurological and other medical conditions.
It is especially effective for treating and managing pain. In some cases, acupuncture will bring about quicker or better resolutions of problems and it is an effective complement to standard care.
What to expect from a treatment.
Acupuncture is a gentle treatment. Most patients find the treatments are relaxing and cause minimal discomfort. Acupuncture 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.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment with very few adverse effects and complications from its use.
Practitioners at Leduc Physio only use single-use, sterile, disposable needles. Each therapist has been trained regarding precautions and contraindications to acupuncture treatments. If you choose not to have acupuncture, or are not a candidate for acupuncture, your physiotherapist may suggest other treatment options.
Is acupuncture covered by my benefits?
At Leduc Physio, acupuncture can be one part of your physiotherapy treatment plan and is always billed as a physiotherapy treatment. You can book a treatment online, anytime, with one of our CAFCI certified therapists below;
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Information taken from https://www.acupuncturecanada.org