You Don’t Need To Be Afraid of These Needles!
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world. It is a branch of ancient Chinese medical practices that has since been brought over to western culture. Acupuncture involves inserting disposable needles into various points on the body to relieve pain for therapeutic purposes. No drug is injected, the needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture. The needles release endorphins which are known as the body’s natural pain-relievers.
Most clients find acupuncture to be relaxing and pain relieving while experiencing minimal to no discomfort.
Is Acupuncture For Me?
At TSL Physio, our therapists will use their knowledge of your injury or rehabilitation journey to carefully consider if acupuncture would be beneficial for you. Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed. However, acupuncture can also be combined with classic therapy techniques to help move forward in the rehabilitation process.
The needles are left in place for 15-30 minutes, and the practitioner may manipulate the needles to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi. Lifting, twisting, and rotating are some of the needling techniques a practitioner may use.
Acupuncture at TSL Physio
We currently have four physiotherapists who have completed acupuncture courses and use it as part of a regular treatment with the client’s consent. The acupuncture they preform is the same as what is described above, leaving them in place for about 15 minutes and using different techniques to make sure you get the most relief possible.
However, we also have a registered acupuncturist on staff, Emma Dolan. She has trained in British Columbia in the areas of Traditional Chinese Medicine which include acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha and several others. A treatment with her will take a thorough look at your history and Emma, like all of our therapists, aim to get to the root of the problem along with reliving your current symptoms.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or just want to know more about acupuncture and how it can benefit you!