Curious to try acupuncture but not sure how it works?
In today’s post we delve into acupuncture and explain how it works as well as how it can help you for your rehabilitation and through different stages of healing. Next time you book an appointment you’ll have a better idea of what to expect!
The History Of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The theory is based on the principle that each of us has energy flowing through our body called Qi (which is pronounced “chi”). When you experience an injury or pain, this Qi gets disrupted and optimal healing cannot take place. Therefore, the insertion of very thin, sterile, single-use needles in specific spots on our bodies can help restore this flow of energy.
What is Physiotherapy Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can only be practiced safely by therapists who have taken special courses and have been certified to provide this service. Physio Acupuncture is different than acupuncture provided by a TCM practitioner because physiotherapists are taught specific acupuncture points which relate to muscle, joint, or nerve injuries. If you want to be sure your Physiotherapist is certified to practice acupuncture, in BC you can check the public directory for the “dry needling roster”. Some clinics may charge you extra if acupuncture is provided, however, at WESTPRO you will never be charged more for what we consider to be part of your treatment. Also, since our Physiotherapists are providing it as part of the appointment, it still gets billed under “physio” and can be submitted to your extended health benefits under Physiotherapy Services.
So What Does Acupuncture Actually Do?
Acupuncture alerts the body to respond in many ways including:
Releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killer
Stimulates the part of the brain that has serotonin, the body’s “happy pill”
Kick starts healing and circulation in that area
Stimulates the immune system overall
When inserted into a muscle belly, can cause a light twitch which makes the muscle release tension
Acupuncture can be used in different phases of healing for different responses. When you first get injured you may be in lots of pain. Acupuncture can help decrease that pain and improve blood flow so your body can heal itself quicker. When you’re in the middle of your rehab journey, acupuncture helps to maintain good muscle tone and balance between tight muscles. If you find yourself with a chronic injury, you may benefit from kick starting healing through the use of acupuncture needles concentrated around that area. Acupuncture is truly an art form, with a good practitioner choosing a combination of points specific to your injury, needs, and goals.
What Happens Next?
Clients often feel an immediate sense of relaxation, with increased mobility, decreased pain, and an overall improved mood. Everyone responds differently however, with some clients needing more than one treatment to see results.
Still Have More Questions?
Two of our physiotherapists, Adina and Leah, are certified by Acupuncture Canada and may recommend to add this to your treatment plan. If you decide you would like to go ahead, 10-15 minutes of your appointment would be set aside for acupuncture. The appointment is still billed under physio services with no extra cost to you.
If you decide you don’t love the idea of acupuncture, there are alternatives like acu-pressure, laser, or electrical stimulation (TENS) that can stimulate acupuncture points for a similar result. Stay tuned for posts which explain what those treatments mean! You may also call us today or use the chat button to speak to a therapist and find out if Acupuncture can help you decrease your pain and allow you to move better so you can live better.
Not sure which treatment is right for you? Contact us today to talk to a professional and find out how we can help you.