Acupuncture is a technique that stems from traditional Chinese medicine that focuses on energy systems (meridian points) to stimulate the release of the body’s natural pain relieving neurohormones through the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific anatomical points to aid in pain management and inflammation, promote natural healing and improve body function. Typically the needles are left in for 10-20 minutes at a time.
Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other therapies to relieve pain and discomfort for a variety of conditions such as:
Following injury or tissue irritation, nerve endings can become overly sensitive and interpret normal sensations as pain. Dry needling (FDN) and Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) are primarily used by Physiotherapists to inactivate myofascial trigger points, and the pain and discomfort that they cause. It involves the use of a very fine solid sterile needle (also used for acupuncture) which is inserted into the skin and directly into a myofascial trigger point that help to inactivate tightened bands of muscle fibers that can cause a restricted range of motion, refer pain, and cause local tenderness. Repeated strokes or movements of the needle without completely withdrawing it help to inactivate these trigger points.
Please note: Not all of our practitioners provide acupuncture or dry needling as part of their individualized treatment plans. If you are interested in learning more information, or would like to book an appointment with a provider that offers these services, please call to book!