Acupuncture is an ancient homeopathic form of treatment that is used to help alleviate stress, pain, and discomfort. It is based on ancient Chinese techniques that helped realign the systems in the body to function harmoniously.
Acupuncture treatments involve inserting small, thin needles into specific pressure points in the affected area on the body. The needles are used to help stimulate circulation to the area to promote healing and better well-being.
Recent research into acupuncture is discovering this ancient homeopathic method can be used to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions including:
Acupuncture treatments at Physiotherapy First are performed by a trained and certified Physiotherapist. The patient typically lays down on their back or stomach, depending on the area being treated.
During the treatment, small needles are inserted into various pressure points in the affected area. The purpose of the needles is to help decrease sensitivity in nearby nerves to alleviate pain. Treatments also help release tension to help you feel more relaxed.
There is a connection between the nerves in the body and the various acupuncture pressure points. Each acupuncture point tends to have a slightly lower electrical charge than nerve endings. By inserting needles into these points, the electrical charge helps reduce the sensitivity of the nerve endings, therefore, alleviating pain and discomfort.
Though the risks are low, it is better to talk to your healthcare provider first. Acupuncture may not be a feasible treatment option for people with a pacemaker, who have a bleeding disorder or are pregnant. We have licensed acupuncturists with years of experience in this field to help you make wise decisions for better health and well-being.
Acupuncture treatments are extremely safe and effective when administered by a trained and certified Physiotherapist at Physiotherapy First. We use sterile needles for each treatment. At the end of the treatment, the needles are safely discarded and never used again.
Most people do not experience any adverse or serious side effects from acupuncture treatments. Some patients may experience slight bleeding at the insertion point of the needle that lasts a few seconds. Other people may experience slight bruising several hours or the next day after treatment.
If you are pregnant or a hemophiliac, acupuncture treatments require extra precautions. Your Physiotherapist will discuss these with you to determine whether acupuncture is right for you.
Yes, acupuncture can be used by itself, or as part of a physiotherapy treatment plan depending on your specific needs and objectives. For example, acupuncture can be used with massage therapy, physiotherapy, and chiropractic care for a complete care plan.
Even though needles are used for acupuncture, they are very tiny. Most patients do not experience any pain. Some patients report experiencing only slight discomfort as the needle is inserted. This discomfort can be slight tingling, warmth, pressure, or very dull and mild ache.
Many patients report that after the needles are inserted, they feel a sense of calm and relaxation. Some patients even fall soundly asleep during their treatments.
How long it takes acupuncture to start working varies from patient to patient. Some of our patients report immediate relief of their pain and discomfort after their first treatment. Other patients report feeling very relaxed afterward.
Typically, most people will see some improvement and changes after about four to eight treatment sessions. In exceedingly rare cases, a few patients may require additional intervention. Each patient is treated on an individual case basis.
The most common benefits people gain with regular acupuncture treatments can include:
Our Brampton acupuncturists are fully trained and certified. They receive ongoing training and education to provide the most advanced acupuncture methods and techniques. Our goal is to ensure our patients receive exceptional quality care with their acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture treatments may be covered by health benefits plans, WSIB, and auto insurance when combined as part of an overall treatment plan that includes physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, and other forms of treatments.
To learn more about acupuncture treatment in Brampton, how acupuncture could benefit you, or to schedule an acupuncture consultation, please feel free to call Physiotherapy First at 905-796-6662 today!
We look forward to speaking with you, answering any questions you may have about acupuncture, and discussing your health benefits plan coverage while helping to reduce your pain, stress, or discomfort to feel better faster.