At Transitions Physiotherapy we use anatomical acupuncture either as a single form of therapy or in combination with manual therapy, exercise and education. At your initial assessment your physiotherapist will determine if you will benefit from anatomical acupuncture.
The number of treatments will vary. In some cases, only a few treatments may be required. For complex or longstanding conditions, one or two treatments a week for several weeks may be recommended with less frequent treatment as improvement occurs. To get the most benefit from your acupuncture treatment follow these recommendations before and after your visit.
More about Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. Unlike IMS (intramuscular stimulation) or dry needling, where needles are inserted directly into tight muscle knots, Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body.
There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort. “Anatomical” acupuncture refers to a more modern approach taken today by Acupuncture Canada. When combined with knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, therapists can use acupuncture effectively to treat a variety of painful disorders.
Some conditions that can benefit from acupuncture:
- neck pain and headaches
- shoulder injuries
- lower back pain
If you’d like to know more about the science-based evidence for acupuncture see acupuncture research resources at Acupuncture Canada.
Further information on the certification program for this training in Canada can be found at acupuncturecanada.org.