Acupuncture is a therapy technique that can be implemented into your treatment plan to promote tissue healing and pain reduction. Traditional Acupuncture has been a form of medical treatment for decades, however has been modified into the medical world and termed Medical Acupuncture. Acupuncture is now used widely in Western medicine by inserting and manipulating needles into various points on the body to relieve pain and discomfort, decrease muscle tone, improve muscle efficiently and promote circulation.
WHY DO PHYSIOTHERAPISTS USE ACUPUNCTURE/DRY NEEDLING?
Acupuncture is known to facilitate the release of natural pain-killers (endorphins) and natural anti-inflammatories resulting in a physiological response. By reducing pain and inflammation and decreasing muscle tone, acupuncture is a modality used to restore proper functional movement patterns.
Research suggests that dry needling is extremely effective in reducing myofascial restrictions resulting in dysfunctional movement patterns of the joints and muscles. It is also used to reduce muscle tension and/or tone and is also used as a pain management strategy.
The physiotherapists in Physio In The Six Inc. that implement acupuncture/dry needling into their practice are all trained, certified and rostered to perform this activity with the College of Physiotherapists.
SAFETY WITH NEEDLES
At Physio In The Six Inc., safety comes first: we ensure that we use high quality, single-use disposable needles only. The area is cleaned appropriately prior to each needle insertion. Once treatment has finished, each needle is safely disposed of in a medical sharps container.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRADITIONAL ACUPUNCTURE VS. MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE?
Typically, traditional acupuncture is performed according to channels of energy patterns throughout the body known as meridians. It is the obstruction in movement of these channels of energy (chi) that can result in pain and dysfunction in the body. Each meridian can be influenced by certain acupuncture points in the body. By “unblocking” these areas, it allows for the body to restore organ function, imbalances in digestion, absorption and energy circulation.
Medical Acupuncture is administered by a licensed Health Practitioner trained who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. This modality involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into specific trigger points to relieve muscle pain, myofascial restrictions and tone/trigger points.