When people think about acupuncture, many focus on the idea of needles sticking into one’s skin. And well, that’s precisely how it works… the truth is acupuncture is a virtually painless form of treatment with many benefits.
In fact, this sort of treatment is very common and proven to effectively treat all kinds of health issues. Here at Aspire Physiotherapy we mainly focus our acupuncture as a treatment option for joint and muscle-related injury and pain management. We offer medical acupuncture as an optional therapeutic service that we often incorporate into our physiotherapy treatments at no added cost, and the results speak for themselves. With over 108, 5.0 star Google reviews, we are confident in the health care we provide!
So, How Does Acupuncture Help With My Pain?
As mentioned above, acupuncture is a treatment that involves placing needles into specific parts of your body. These needles pierce your skin’s surface to a certain depth, depending on your pain points and your desired treatment effect.
Aspire Physiotherapy’s acupuncture treatments work effectively to treat acute and chronic pain in the ligaments, tendons, joints and muscles. It works to reduce pain by:
- Stimulating the release of endorphins in your body to relieve pain.
- Generating stimuli that effectively interrupts the neurotransmission of pain signals traveling from the area of injury from reaching the brain.
Common Conditions Treated by Musculoskeletal Acupuncture
- Lower back pain
- Chronic pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Inflammation and swelling
- Sports injuries
- Cervical spondylitis
- Neck pain
What Can You Expect From Your Acupuncture Appointment With Us?
Your therapist will begin with a series of questions to give detailed information about your symptoms and medical history. You can expect a few tests to determine the points in your body that feel sore or tender. Your therapist may also do an exam to determine underlying issues. These tests often reveal the points at which the needles should be inserted.
When it comes to the actual acupuncture session, you may be asked to lay or sit on a table while the therapist inserts needles into various points in your body. Our physiotherapists have received specific training in acupuncture for physical rehabilitation, which allows them to incorporate specific acupuncture points into key areas of the body.
With the correct placement of these needles, you can expect to see a decrease in both pain and inflammation and to promote tissue healing and optimal nerve and muscle function.
How Long Does an Acupuncture Session Last?
Acupuncture sessions here at Aspire Physiotherapy typically run for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on your treatment. Each session includes the needles being retained in your skin for about 15 minutes.
What Kind of Needles Are Used for Acupuncture?
We take your safety very seriously. All of our needles are single use only, and are disposed of following the strictest safety protocols. The needles used in our acupuncture sessions are high quality, stainless steel material, thin needles with their sizes are not much larger than a strand of hair.
These hollow and slender needles are inserted between your skin tissues making the process less painful. Most treatments use about five to fifteen needles, and depend on the person’s needs.
How Else Does Acupuncture Affect the Body?
Inserting needles into the meridian points is believed to stimulate your central nervous system, releasing chemicals into the brain, spinal cord, and muscles producing your body’s natural healing abilities. Acupuncture also promotes your physical and emotional well-being.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Pain-related acupuncture sessions depend on the areas of your body the needles will be inserted. Your body has less sensitive parts, such as your tummy and your back (this is because these areas contain thicker skin and more muscles). The areas of your body that might be more sensitive than the rest are your hands and feet.
However, in case of any pain or discomfort during your session, feel free to inform your therapist, who will adjust the insertion points so you can feel more comfortable.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
The practice of acupuncture is safe, and regulated. As for side effects, you may feel a small twinge of pain at the insertion point that goes away almost immediately.
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
Once the needles are inserted, you might feel various sensations ranging from an immediate ache then to relief. You might experience throbbing sensations on the points throughout the treatment which usually indicates the treatment is working. A varying electric feeling might course through your body alongside a tingly feeling, but not painful. After a few minutes, you may experience a warm, pleasant feeling similar to heating pads being applied to your body parts.
Can Acupuncture Help For Sport-related Injuries?
Absolutely. The use of acupuncture as an additional adjunct to rehabilitation facilitates a quick health recovery after encountering sport-related injuries. Acupuncture helps in modulating pain and reduces the inflammation effects of an injury. This can be done through a form of acupuncture known as a trigger point release! Needling is done on the painting muscles focusing on the meridians that promote pain relief and anti-inflammatory effects.
A series of sessions drastically reduces pain levels and enhances a patient to regain full function. Acupuncture is especially beneficial to athletes who would like to avoid the effects of using drugs for pain relief. This means they can train and perform effectively. Acupuncture is also used in chronic sports injuries. The treatment has been seen to significantly restore joint and muscle use while reducing the pain levels after a severe injury.
Do My Benefits Cover Acupuncture?
The short answer is yes! We are an all-inclusive and accessible clinic based in Edmonton-South, Canada. We provide relief to patients suffering from musculoskeletal related injuries. Our specialized team is readily available to offer you insurance-covered (Blue Cross etc.) acupuncture services that will help you lead a more holistic and pain-free life. Learn more about acupuncture or insurance coverage options by calling our office or scheduling an appointment with us today.