Although you've probably heard of acupuncture before, you may not totally understand the ins and outs of the modern incarnation of this traditional practice. Yes, contemporary medical acupuncture is an effective approach to pain that still utilizes fine needles to stimulate nerves, and yes, this practice is firmly backed up by science.
That said, it's important that you grasp exactly how this practice of traditional Chinese medicine has gotten its modern makeover (in terms of the facts that back it up), and why it's so useful in pain management, and helping with other health conditions.
During a contemporary acupuncture treatment session, very fine disposable needles, also known as acupuncture needles, are inserted into very precise locations known as the body's neurofunctional sites. These sites are then either stimulated manually or with electricity in order to disrupt abnormal activity occurring within the body.
Acupuncture aims to direct the energy flows of the body across a wide variety of soft tissues, encouraging the body to release endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers. This effective treatment option can also have added benefits like an increase in your energy level in daily life.
Some systems that might be targeted during contemporary medical acupuncture include:
- Endocrine System
- Nervous System
- Exocrine System
- Immune System
Abnormalities within these critical systems can lead to pain syndromes, functional issues, and even diseases. Therefore, it's crucial to one's overall health that these systems' activities are regulated. Contemporary medical acupuncture does just that in a number of ways, including:
- Increasing blood circulation in the area
- Improving nerve signalling
- Decreasing muscle tension pain relief
- Assisting with pain relief
One of the beauties of medical acupuncture is how totally customizable the treatment truly is. In turn, no two patients will receive exactly the same sort of acupuncture; the private treatment plan and their results vary depending on the patients. Our personalized treatment plans cater to each of our patient's needs.
Often, Western medicine engages in a disease-based style of treatment. That is to say, the symptoms are treated, but the underlying causes are largely ignored. For example, people are quick to take a pill when they have a headache but don't often explore what could be causing that headache.
Full Function Rehab & Wellness Contemporary medical acupuncture, on the other hand, ascribes to a system that is mechanism-based. This means that a practitioner first works to understand the neurological dysfunctions contributing to the symptoms, rather than simply jumping into treating the symptoms themselves. That way, a method of treatment can be developed to go deeper than the pain.
If irregularity of the nervous system is the underlying issue causing the symptoms, contemporary medical acupuncture is quite successful in resolving patients' dysfunctions completely. Even in situations where that is not the case, these treatments will eliminate symptoms resulting in pain relief for patients.
If acupuncture is good on its own, wouldn't it stand to reason that it's great in combination with other forms of therapy?
At Full Function Rehab & Wellness, we certainly think so. While our resident acupuncture provider, Dr. Caruana, can certainly treat you solely with acupuncture, you'll also have the option to combine it with other treatments offered by our team, such as physiotherapy, chiropractic care, concussion therapy, etc.
Perhaps you'd like to couple your acupuncture services with chiropractic treatments and massage therapy. Our varied range of services and expertise means that we can accommodate whatever overall wellness techniques you'd like to adopt.
What Conditions Can Acupuncture Therapy Help With?
Even on its own, acupuncture is a wildly effective treatment. In fact, The World Health Organization states that acupuncture techniques are recognized for helping with a variety of conditions, including:
- Sports injuries and other movement disorders
- Neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, and joint pain
- Tension Headaches
- Tennis Elbow
- Facial pain
- Acute injury
- Future injury prevention
- Buildup of scar tissue
- Muscular pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Damaged tissue problems
- Poor blood flow issues
- Chronic pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Joint pain
- Digestive disorders (including irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhea, and gastritis)
- Chronic pain conditions
Contact Our Acupuncture Clinic For An Initial Consultation Today
If you've tried everything and still aren't getting relief from your persistent discomfort, why not think out of the box and give acupuncture a try?
Full Function Rehab & Wellness provides acupuncture in Vaughan, Woodbridge, and beyond; we can’t wait to help you feel better.
Contact us to receive more information about this time-tested treatment.
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