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- How does acupuncture work?
- What is acupuncture?
- Does Acupuncture hurt?
- How many treatments are required?
Acupuncture is a form of treatment that requires injecting very thin needles into a person’s skin at different depths at specific points on the body. Acupuncture induces the body to develop its pain-relieving chemicals known as “endorphins.” These chemicals can block pain signals, loosen rigid muscles, and maintain biochemical stability in the tissues. There is also a local reaction in the needles’ muscles, including increased blood flow, reduced inflammation, and decreased tightness in the tissue.
Acupuncture uses needles to stimulate a local effect in muscles and tissue and can help with certain conditions such as lower back pain, muscle spasm and headaches.
Acupuncture has been shown to reduce stress headaches and migraines, according to research.
According to the NCCIH, it has been shown to aid in cases of:
- Headache and migraine
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Knee pain
- It could benefit people who are unable to take painkillers.
- It can control some types of pain.
- There are very few side effects.
- Performed correctly, it is safe.
- It can effectively combine it with other treatments.
Acupuncture causes various sensations in different people. Since the needles are so fine, there may be just slight aching or tingling when the needle is applied, or there may be no pain at all. Acupuncture aims to facilitate recovery and relaxation; thus, if the procedure gives you any pain, the needles can be withdrawn straight away.
The number of medications needed will differ for each patient and will also be determined by the condition being treated. However, it is advised that a trial of at least three therapies be tried for the optimal outcomes. Treatment for complex or chronic conditions can take 4-6 weeks, with the number of treatments each week decreasing as the condition improves.
Our Physiotherapists at Kanata Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic are trained and certified by Canada’s Acupuncture Foundation (AFCI). Please contact us at Kanata Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic for flexible appointment scheduling advice regarding your problem.