Get effective Physiotherapy based Acupuncture treatment at Baseline Health and Wellness
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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or alleviate pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into the skin/tissues at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) explains acupuncture as a technique used to stimulate the balance and flow of Qi energy (pronounced chee) which is considered essential to health. Qi energy is believed to flow through meridians (pathways) in the body. When the body is healthy, Qi flows smoothly throughout. The disruption or deficiency of Qi is thought to be responsible for imbalances in the body and may make the body more susceptible to illness. Inserting needles into points which lie along these meridians is used to restore the balance of energy and thus promoting health and overall wellness.
In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relieving neurohormone, through the insertion of needles into specific anatomical points. This helps to encourage natural healing in the body. Endorphins help to block pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain, resulting in a decrease of pain, relaxation and biochemical restoration of the body’s own internal regulation systems. Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain.
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 physiotherapist 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. During a physiotherapy session, acupuncture is rarely performed as a stand alone treatment and is usually combined with other treatment techniques as well as exercise prescription.
What kind of results can I expect from Acupuncture?
Each person's response to acupuncture is different and unique. Some people notice a difference after one session and for others it takes a couple sessions. Some people feel relaxed and others feel energized after an acupuncture treatment. If your symptoms don’t begin to improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be right for you.
Conditions Physiotherapists using Acupuncture can Treat
Some conditions that may benefit from Acupuncture treatment include (but are not limited to):
● Upper or Low back pain
● Neck pain
● Headaches and Migraines
● Knee Pain
● Hip Pain
● Achilles Tendonitis
● Elbow Pain
● Jaw Pain
● Stiffness in muscles and joints
● Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
● Chronic Postural Pain
● Sciatic nerve pain (Sciatica)
● IT Band syndrome (Knee Pain)
● Plantar fasciitis (Foot Pain)
● Piriformis Syndrome
● Limited range of motion/mobility
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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 Physiotherapy based Acupuncture to help with your pains today!
Call Baseline Health and Wellness for an initial Physiotherapy 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!