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Modern/Medical approaches to acupuncture
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the practice of piercing the body with thin, sterile needles at specific acupuncture sites throughout the body. This is a therapeutic method used by specially trained physiotherapists to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body.
There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort. Dry needling treatments may cause more discomfort if tight muscles are being released or if a muscle is being stimulated to increase strength. The soreness is temporary and improved muscle flexibility and strength is realized quickly.
Does it work?
Modern/Medical approaches to acupuncture recognize that needles inserted at acupuncture points induce endorphin-medicated blockage of pain pathways within the body. It is effective for treating many conditions including the following:
- Headaches and Whiplash symptoms
- Joint and muscle pain (i.e. tendonitis)
- Arthritic inflammatory conditions
- Low back pain and sciatica