Acupuncture is an ancient method of pain relief originating in China, that has now been developed for modern use. Very thin needles are inserted into specific areas of the body called acupuncture points. This then stimulates the body to produce its own pain-relieving chemicals called “endorphins”. These endorphins help to decrease pain and promote healing and relaxation. Acupuncture also works by disrupting pain signals being sent to the brain when the nerve fiber is activated. The needles used in acupuncture are sterile and used only once. The needles may be stimulated either by hand or with electric stimulation. After use, they are discarded safely.
If you are booking an appointment for acupuncture please adhere to the following:
do not eat a large meal up to 2 hours before treatment, however a light meal is fine
avoid alcohol or sedatives for up to 4 hours prior to treatment
do not smoke tobacco or marijuana for up to 1 hour before treatment
continue to take your pain medication as necessary, and any other medications prescribed by your doctor
be well rested, if possible
Acupuncture treatment is currently done by our physiotherapist Erin Froese, who is certified in Acupuncture. For more information on acupuncture or to book an appointment, give us a call or send us an email!