Acupuncture is used to relieve pain, inflammation, and restore function by encouraging natural healing. This therapeutic treatment involves the insertion of very fine, single-use needles through specific acupoints on the body.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupoints are located along meridians. Meridians are believed to be qi (energy) pathways along which qi flows through the body. Blockages along meridians are believed to cause pain, dysfunction, and other pathologies. The insertion of the acupuncture needle can serve to release these blockages, and therefore help with reducing your symptoms.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Most people find the insertion of the needle painless. In some cases you may feel a slight prick sensation as the needle goes in. Once the needle is inserted, you may feel a dullness, a heaviness, or an ache sensation. This is known as QI sensation and is desirable for the highest benefits of the acupoint.
Acupuncture may be used on its own, or in combination with other physiotherapy treatments to treat your condition.
For your safety, the use of needles in practice is a restricted activity requiring advanced training and formal examination (written & practical). All of our therapists are licensed and registered on the USE OF NEEDLES roster of the Physiotherapy Alberta College + Association.