Acupuncture in Edmonton
Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into the skin at specific points on the body. A part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture has been around for more than 2000 years. It has been used to treat pain, assist with tissue healing, and improve the overall function of the affected area of the body. In the clinic, our Physical Therapists will provide other forms of treatment, including manual therapy and home exercise prescription in conjunction with acupuncture to assist with overall recovery.
Classical acupuncture involves balancing the flow of energy, known as Qi (Chi), which is thought to travel through pathways in the body. By inserting needles in specific points on the body, energy flow is brought back into proper balance, thus restoring the body to normal health. In anatomical acupuncture, needles are used to stimulate nerves, muscle, and connective tissue where points are located based on the specific anatomy and problem being treated. By stimulating the nervous system at various levels and encouraging the release of endorphins, acupuncture helps to promote healing and reduce pain.
Acupuncture also improves local circulation, which aids in tissue oxygenation and recovery. Needles may also be attached to electrodes and a device that provides varying frequencies of electrical impulses. This is intended to decrease pain, increase muscle length, and improve function, especially in chronic pain conditions.
Your Physical Therapist will determine if acupuncture is an appropriate treatment based on your history and condition during your appointment. If deemed appropriate, your therapist will insert sterilized-single use needles in various points over the affected body area or energy pathway. You may feel a slight prick or tap when the needle is inserted, and it is normal to feel a dull ache or numbness during the treatment. The needles are left in position for approximately 15- 20 minutes before being removed.