ACUPUNCTURE

WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE FIRST VISIT

During your first visit, our lovely and helpful front desk staff will welcome you to the clinic. Our highly experienced and friendly therapist will complete an initial assessment to discover what injury you are presenting us with, and how it happened. Following a detailed history and physical assessment, we will determine a proper course of action depending on your goal. One important aspect of recovering from injury is to help educate patients on ways to prevent further aggravation of symptoms.

Treatment intervention could include:

  • Muscle and fascial Release Techniques
  • Laser
  • Electrical modalities (Interfential current IFC, Ultrasound)
  • Performance Taping
  • Joint mobilizations
  • Exercise prescription

MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE

At My Physio And Sports Rehabilitation Centre, we like to provide patients with a variety of conservative therapy techniques to ensure you recover from injury and pain.  This includes dry needling and medical electro acupuncture.  Dry needling and electro acupuncture help with the following neuromuskuloskeletal conditions:

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Neck and low back pain
  • Shoulder pain and rotator cuff tear
  • Post- operative stiffness and lack of mobility
  • Joint pain/ Arthritis
  • Sport specific strains/sprains
  • Acute & Chronic pain
  • Tight and Stiff Muscles
  • Radiculopathy (Nerve compression)
  • + more

At My Physio, Acupuncture is used in conjunction with other effective techniques such as soft tissue therapy (ART®, FR®), joint mobilizations, kinesiotaping, and rehabilitative exercise to ensure the most effective treatment.  We believe that integrating several manual therapy techniques helps with quicker recovery.

IS IT SAFE?

All of our therapists at My Physio are tremendously trained in the application of acupuncture needles.  They understand the indications of when to use acupuncture, and use safe needling insertion techniques to help minimize pain.  An initial ‘pinch’ may be felt upon insertion but should be relatively pain free after that.

YOUR FIRST SESSION

At My Physiotherapy, our team always uses single use,  disposable, sterile stainless steel needles in order to prevent discomfort upon insertion.  The needles vary in length, thickness and insertion depth depending on the area being addressed.  Acupuncture needles are inserted in a comfortable quiet therapy room, and upon administration you will be required to stay relatively still and relaxed.  Depending on the treatment, needles will remain in place for about 10-20 minutes for optimal therapeutic benefit.  Majority of patients feel a significant improvement after one treatment.  Acute conditions may require a few treatment sessions, where more chronic conditions may require 2 to 3 treatments per week over the course of several weeks to help relieve pain.

PHYSIOLOGICAL SCIENCE BEHIND ACUPUNCTURE

The main purpose of acupuncture is to help increase blood flow to injured or tight tissue, and thus help stimulate healing.  Once an acupuncture needle penetrates the skin, there is an increase in blood flow to the local area caused by the release of three types of neuropeptides(Calcitonin Gene Related peptide (CGRP), nitric oxide, and substance P ).  This increase in blood flow helps to promote the delivery of oxygen and other healing cells to the tissue to aid in recovery.  Acupuncture needles also help release endorphins, which are the bodies’ natural painkillers.  Medical Acupuncture can be used to loosen tight tissue, stimulate and facilitate weak muscles, and improve neural conduction.  Several acupuncture points are closely related to trigger points, which are sites where nerves come in contact with muscles.  Acupuncture has a large influence on the nervous system because upon insertion, they stimulate nerve cells.  This stimulation causes the nerve to transmit signals back towards the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).  The Central nervous system responds with the release of endorphins.  These endorphins act as natural painkillers and can tremendously relieve the pain.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Call or email us now to book an appointment with our head Physiotherapist!

Phone: 905-850-6683