The practice of acupuncture originated from China with its first recorded use over 2000 years ago. Its practice has evolved from the early Stone Ages using sharp rocks and stones used to penetrate the body, to its current modern practice using Single-Use sterile medical-grade stainless steel needles. With an increasing number of people seeking alternative medical practices and treatment, medical acupuncture has become more recognized in Western society.
What is Medical Acupuncture?
It is the stimulation of particular anatomical points along the body with solid sterile needles to create a neuromuscular response from the body. The degree and types of responses vary depending on the series of points stimulated during the treatment session. Numerous clinical studies of acupuncture have shown its use to be beneficial for various symptoms and conditions.
Is it safe and does it hurt?
Acupuncture is a completely safe practice with no side-effects when delivered by a trained practitioner. At Matrix Physiotherapy, the physiotherapists are trained through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute who accredits health care practitioners to perform acupuncture. There are no foreign medications or substances on the needles so the only reaction is your body’s own natural response to the needled points. The fine needles elicit next to no pain from the point of insertion to the point of removal, and all needles are discarded as biomedical waste after ONE USE.
Is it effective and When is it used?
The effectiveness of medical acupuncture varies from person to person and from condition to condition. At Matrix Physiotherapy, the physiotherapists may suggest acupuncture as a part of your treatment if it is determined to be beneficial in addition to other aspects of your rehabilitation plan. You will have a chance to discuss its use and its effectiveness with your particular impairment.