Medical Acupuncture

 

What is Medical Acupuncture?
Medical acupuncture is acupuncture performed by a chiropractor, physician or other licensed health care professional. Medical acupuncture was created for western practitioners to use scientific, evidence-based acupuncture in the treatment of pain and/or disorders. It is also used as an adjunct to their regular treatment protocols.
By strategically inserting sterile needles into specific points on the body, the nervous system is allowed to return to its normal state.
Medical acupuncture is based on the western biomedical understanding of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. However, the selection of acupuncture points can be based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian points and/or anatomical points that are neurologically connected to the specific source of pain.

What can be treated with Medical Acupuncture?
Research has revealed that acupuncture can have positive results in the treatment of chronic low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, and other chronic pain conditions. Medical Acupuncture is also effective for treating common musculoskeletal conditions such as muscle tightness, tendonosis, muscle strains, joint aches and pains, and headaches.

What should I expect from a treatment?
Treatment usually lasts about 15-30 minutes and is pain free. The number of needles used will vary according to the condition being treated.
Marked improvement is commonly experienced following the first treatment and typically improves further within a few days. Some do not notice any changes in the symptoms and others may notice temporary worsening of symptoms. A worsening of the symptoms should resolve within a few hours. Several treatments are often necessary to achieve the desired results.