Why we do What We Do
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as a method to alleviate injuries and pain. Over the last few decades, scientific research has come out to provide theories and explanations for its effects. It is no longer only used as an “alternative health” treatment. It is considered a mainstay in treating many professional athletes and others who seek out the highest quality care.
Acupuncture and Dry Needling uses a very thin monofilament needle to insert into the targeted tissue for relief. Acupuncture can offer pain relief by activating receptors in our body that are responsible for pain relief. It works on many of the same receptors that pharmaceuticals use, which is an added benefit. It can help individuals receive pain relief who rather not use strong drugs that have many side effects. When the needles are stimulated with an electric stimulation machine (electro-acupuncture), it works on the muscle to reset the nerve and muscle connection. This allows for a decrease in tissue tension at a physiological level. This technique of electro-acupuncture also increases local blood flow to the tissue to improve healing, reduce pain, improve blood flow for faster healing, and decrease tissue tension.
Our therapists will first perform an evaluation to see if you are a candidate for acupuncture or dry needling. Based on the assessment, the therapists will choose specific muscles and acupuncture points to assist in your recovery. The needles are significantly thinner than a regular needle you may be used to; hence there is minimal discomfort and often no pain during insertion. An electric stimulation unit will be attached to the needles to increase effectiveness. You will feel a pleasant, relaxing, buzzing sensation, which is often the patient's favourite part. The needles can be left in from 15-20 minutes, depending on the area and patient. Acupuncture can help with the following:
- Headaches (Migraines, tension, whiplash, TMJ
- Chronic pain
- Nerve Pain
- Muscle recovery from training