ACUPUNCTURE & DRY NEEDLING

ACUPUNCTURE & DRY NEEDLING IN TORONTO AND HAMILTON

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is a technique in which needles are inserted through the skin, into specific points on the body.

The placement and number of needles are determined based on your individual case.

TWO STYLES OF ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is a technique in which needles are inserted through the skin, into specific points on the body.

The placement and number of needles are determined based on your individual case.

TRADTIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)

This is based on 1000s of years of historical use in Ancient China. The theory is a bit different than western medicine, but it's still effective!

We have historical evidence acupuncture is effective, and now, we're getting more and more clinical data - proving acupuncture can be effective.

We take your full history and determine which acupuncture points are needled. We have several meridians flowing through our body, as depicted below by the colourful lines.

Who does this style of acupuncture? Naturopaths (NDs) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and registered acupuncturists.

DRY NEEDLING

This also referred to as Western Medical Acupuncture. It's an adaptation of TCM Acupuncture. This form of acupuncture involves current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology.

Dry needling involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into the muscles to help relieve myofascial pain and trigger points. Dry needling promotes faster healing and muscle relaxation, and is an effective form of pain management of soft tissues.

Dry needing can stimulate the central nervous system, peripheral nerves and reflexes, thereby affecting the muscles as well as the nervous system.

Who does this style of acupuncture? Naturopaths (NDs), TCM doctors. Chiros DCs), massage therapists (RMTs) and physios (PT) with additional training.

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

Blood Flow: putting needles into various parts of the body promotes blood flow. With fresh blood flow, inflammation can be quenched and damaged tissues can be repaired.

Pain Killing: research shows acupuncture can actually stimulate the release of the body's natural pain killers and affects various areas in the brain that process the pain sensation.

Still Learning: research is continually being conducted to try to understand underlying mechanisms - but one thing is known for sure - it works!

ACUPUNCTURE SAFETY

Acupuncture is regarded as very safe.

Practitioners are fully aware of anatomy and areas on the body where special care is needed.

The needles themselves are: sterilized, single-use (thrown away after each use).

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