Acupuncture is an adjunct to physiotherapy treatment for patients who have been thoroughly assessed and properly diagnosed by a trained practitioner. It is a traditional Chinese medicine technique where fine sterile needles are inserted into predetermined anatomical points which have beneficial effects on the site of injury. More research evidence is supporting acupuncture as a treatment, particularly for the management of pain. Acupuncture has three important components to healing:
- Provides pain relief, particularly for longstanding chronic pain
- Improves blood flow and circulation of oxygenated blood
- Increases the flow of energy throughout the body
Generally, there is very little pain that is associated with acupuncture treatment. Some common symptoms are: warm feeling, mild ache, tiredness, and decreased pain sensation.
Acupuncture can be a surprisingly useful tool against pain related to an injury. This type of therapy is typically an adjunct to physiotherapy treatment plans for patients who have been thoroughly assessed and properly diagnosed by a trained practitioner.
Also known as medical acupuncture, it is a technique where fine sterile needles are inserted into predetermined anatomical points which have beneficial effects on the site of injury. Placing these fine needles on these acupuncture points stimulates the connective tissues, muscles, and nerves, and can be a highly effective treatment.
This therapy typically encourages pain relief as it stimulates the production of your body's natural painkillers, endorphins.
Acupuncture is used to relieve both acute and chronic muscular pain and discomfort that comes with various musculoskeletal-related injuries, and a wide range of conditions. This form of therapy can treat pain related to:
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When Should You Consider Acupuncture for Your Injury?
Acupuncture is best utilized in the first response stage of injury, consisting of bruising, inflammation, swelling, and pain. The procedure will be done above and below the location of your injury to promote circulation and reduce swelling. Acupuncture effectively treats acute and chronic discomfort.
What Does a Typical Session Entail?
On your first visit to Burnaby Heights Physiotherapy we will perform an in-depth assessment, where a registered physiotherapist will get a thorough and detailed understanding of your discomfort, pain, and any other concern that you might have.
You will also discuss your general health and medical history. Objective tests and physical examinations will also be conducted to better understand the nature of the injury. Your therapist will then develop the best-personalized action plan and treatment protocols. In your acupuncture session, you will need to dress appropriately, depending on the treatment area. You will be given a towel, gown, shorts and requested to lie on a padded table.
Your physiotherapist will then insert acupuncture needles at the strategic parts of your body. This might cause you some discomfort. Around five to twenty needles are used in a typical acupuncture treatment.
As the needle reaches the desired depth, you may begin to experience some mild ache. Your therapist can also gently move or twirl the needles. Use of mild heat or electrical medical pulses can also be applied on the needles.
The needles stay in your skin for about fifteen minutes, after which they are removed. After the session, patients tend to feel relaxed and have reduced discomfort.
How Does Acupuncture Ease Pain?
Acupuncture has three important components to healing:
- Provides relief, particularly for long-standing chronic pain
- Improves blood flow and circulation of oxygenated blood
Increases the flow of energy throughout the body Acupuncture works to alleviate pain and injury through:
- The insertion of acupuncture needles in the strategic points of your body which stimulates the brain to produce endorphins. Endorphins reduce perceived pain, thus enabling you to feel relief.
- Inserting needles into your acupuncture points hence decreasing proinflammatory markers and ultimately reducing inflammation, thus lowers the pain levels.
How Long Does a Session Last?
Each acupuncture appointment typically takes approximately thirty minutes.
When it comes to frequency, your acupuncture practitioner will schedule treatments depending on the stage and severity of your condition. Therapy for minor conditions involves one or two treatments a week.
The average time for successful acupuncture treatment is around eight treatments.
Benefits of Acupuncture In Burnaby Heights Physiotherapy Clinic
- Decreases pain intensity after an injury
- Reduces the frequency of migraines and tension headaches
- Improves body function in people who were suffering chronic pain after an injury
- Effectively treats repetitive stress injuries and can eliminate the need for surgery and drugs.
- Delays the use of medications or opioids after injury.
- In instances where a patient needs surgery, acupuncture significantly lowers the pain intensity.
- Aids in recovery and improves your body's quality of life.
Generally, there is very little discomfort that is associated with acupuncture treatment, and as mentioned can work in conjunction with other forms of treatment including massage therapy. Some common symptoms are: warm feeling, mild ache, tiredness, and decreased pain sensation. If you are having trouble managing pain, acupuncture is worth a try. Our acupuncture services are covered by insurance and is billable under physiotherapy.
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At Burnaby Heights Physiotherapy we offer advanced acupuncture treatment to alleviate pain and treat injuries so you can lead a productive and active, pain-free life. Insurance covered and very affordable, give us a call today to schedule an initial appointment and learn more about this effective, local Burnaby acupuncture treatment.