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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine based approach used to encourage natural healing, reduce or alleviate pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. The treatment involves using very thin needles and inserting them into the skin at specific points and depths on the body to treat different health issues.
Although these needles may appear to be tiny and thin, they can be crucial for restoring the body's equilibrium and the flow of Qi energy. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi energy is believed to flow through meridians in the body and the flow of Qi is connected to the health of our body. In other words, when the body is healthy, Qi flows smoothly throughout. However, if the Qi flow is disrupted or deficient, then the body becomes more susceptible to illnesses. The reason we insert the needles into points that lie along the meridians is to reestablish the balance of energy that can further enhance the overall wellness. When it comes to aches and pain, the needles can also act as a muscle relaxant to relieve the pain.
How does Acupuncture work?
Western philosophy: Acupuncturists use the needles to stimulate the nervous system to produce
body’s natural pain killers such as endorphin to reduce pain. It also enhances the
East: Acupuncturists use the needles to unblock the channels to enhance Qi flow.
Often, patients inquire if acupuncture is painful. Acupuncture needles are now quite thin, making them almost painless when inserted. Some may feel a mild discomfort when the needle is inserted, but only for a fraction of a second. Once a needle reaches its intended depth, patients are likely to feel a mild dull ache, a slight tingling sensation or warmth around the needle site. This is generally an indication that the treatment is working and that the acupuncture point is being activated. Regarding the needles that we use, rest assured we use single use sterile, disposable needles to prevent any risk of infection.
Some therapeutic effects of acupuncture may include pain reduction, improved mood, increased energy, and improved body function.
”Jamie's knowledge of physiotherapy and acupuncture is a great combination. She's professional, and very approachable. I would definitely recommend her services.”
What can I expect during my initial visit?
During your initial appointment, your acupuncturist will perform a thorough assessment including history taking and a physical assessment. Findings from the assessment will be discussed with you and if indicated, Acupuncture may be suggested as part of your treatment plan. The treatment procedure will be described in detail and consent will be obtained before proceeding with treatment.
What does Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is a useful treatment that is able to target a wide range of pains and syndromes. Some common ones include:
● Upper or Low back pain
● Neck pain
● Frozen Shoulder
● Knee Pain
● Hip Pain
● Achilles Tendonitis
● Elbow Pain
● Jaw Pain
● Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
● Sciatic nerve pain (Sciatica)
● IT Band syndrome (Knee Pain)
● Plantar fasciitis (Foot Pain)
● Piriformis Syndrome
Acupuncture is also a great option if you have syndromes such as:
● Headaches and Migraines
● Digestive Problems
● Weight loss challenges
● Weak Immune System
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“I came in with lower back pain and leg muscle weakness after an injury. Jamie was extremely helpful - having treated my muscle injuries and significantly assisted with exercises that relieved my pain. I am doing much better and continually receive support from Jamie. This has definitely improved my quality of life!”
Are there any side effects of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a safe and effective form of treatment with very few side effects. Most patients find acupuncture treatments relaxing and experience minimal discomfort. Occasional side effects of acupuncture include soreness and possibly bruising where the needles were inserted. Single use, sterile, disposable are used to prevent any risk of infection.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are metallic and extremely fine (as thin as a hair) making them painless upon insertion. Each person's perception of pain is subjective and unique. Some patients may experience mild discomfort upon insertion of the acupuncture needle, however most individuals do not. Once the needles are inserted, one may experience a mild aching sensation or warmth around the needle site.
“At first I was a little hesitant to get into physio as I always believed things would heal on their own. But a few months ago myself and my fiancé decided to give it a try and we sure are glad we did. Jamie Sonego has been awesome in making us feel comfortable and helping each of us out with our own issues in our day to day tasks. She has greatly helped us increase our mobility and flexibility to the point where we have never felt as great as we do right now! I wish we would’ve came a lot sooner!”
Get Acupuncture to help with your pains today!
Call Baseline Health and Wellness for an initial Acupuncture consultation! Give us a call at (604) 674-4027, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at www.baselinewellness.ca to book your appointment today!
Written by: Kevin Hsien, Registered Acupuncturist, Vancouver