Acupuncture is considered a form of alternative medicine that focuses on treating a wide range of issues in patients by using the insertion and manipulation of small needles in various parts of the body. This treatment has been known to assist in pain relief, disease prevention, fertility issues, and to promote overall general health.
Kitchener Acupuncture with LiveWell Health and Physiotherapy
Acupuncture in Western Medicine originates from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM for short). Acupuncture practices in Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine are similar, and work to alleviate pain and inflammation in the body, however, the ideas behind them, differ.
Traditional Acupuncture practices start with firm belief that energy flows throughout the body. Energy, also known as Qi in TCM (pronounced: chee) flows through the body’s pathways, also known as Meridians. For a healthy body, the meridians need to freely let Energy pass through to reach organs and energy paths. If the Energy is blocked or there is a stoppage of Energy, the body doesn’t receive what it needs to function. Traditional Acupuncture has a web system of meridians, each with their own set of energy functions and organ functions. Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturists will stimulate the flow of energy through these meridinans to rebalance the Qi through the body, and maintain a state of balance (Yin and Yang).
Western Medicine has taken the traditional practice of Acupuncture and placed the practice of Acupuncture on nerve healing and biochemical reactions. Although scientists are still divided on WHY Acupuncture works, there are a few beliefs that work in conjunction with each other to explain what Western Acupuncture does to the body. There are two schools of thought that are popular with Acupuncturists—one being that Acupuncture stimulates nerve pathways to block pain signals, and another being that Acupuncture releases endorphins which are the body’s natural chemicals that alleviate pain. In either school of thought, Acupuncturists work to stimulate the nerves through what is known as Acupuncture Points. There are various Acupuncture points throughout the body, each with a unique set of pain alleviating outcomes.
What Can Acupuncture Treatments Help?
Acupuncture Treatments can help with a variety of pain and nervous system related problems including:
- Chronic Headaches and Migraines
- Lower Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Knee Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Tennis Elbow and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Your Initial Acupuncture Assessment
At LiveWell Health and Physiotherapy, our Kitchener Acupuncturists are trained to help alleviate pain throughout the body using accredited Acupuncture Techniques. Your Acupuncturist will begin your Initial Assessment by asking you:
- A full medical history and your general health status (so they know what conditions you have and how to proceed)
- If you have ever had Acupuncture before and if it was helpful
- Where the pain is located
- If there is anything that makes the pain worse or better
What To Expect During Acupuncture Treatments at LiveWell Kitchener
The first, and most important myth to bust when it comes to Acupuncture treatments, is that the needles hurt. The LiveWell team wants to ensure you that Acupuncture is a very painless treatment that most people do not find discomfort from, although your sensitivity level will affect your individual perception.
Unlike needles that are used to draw blood, Acupuncture needles are solid and quite thin. They will not draw out any bodily fluids. Your Acupuncturist will insert the needles into Acupuncture points with a quick “tap” motion. The needles stay quite close to the skin surface in non-fleshy areas, and a little deeper in fleshier areas like the buttocks. They will not harm any organs or blood vessels. Your Acupuncturist will place in as many needles as necessary that connect to the nerves in the area being treated. The amount of time the Acupuncture needles will be left in depends on what your Acupuncturist thinks will be most effective as a means of pain treatment. Each needle is individually packaged and sterilized, and they are disposed of after use.
The method of Acupuncture described above is what is known as Manual Acupuncture, however, there is also Electromagnetic Acupuncture treatments. Electromagnetic Acupuncture uses a small electric charge from a machine to stimulate the nerves through the Acupuncture needle. The sensation from this can feel like a small vibration through the area of treatment, and is effective in treating pain as well. Your Acupuncturist will ask if you are comfortable with Electromagnetic Acupuncture treatments prior to starting one. If at any time you are uncomfortable during the process, please let your Acupuncturist know and they can either adjust the electromagnetic current, or stop the treatment.
Book Acupuncture Treatments in Kitchener
If it is your first time getting Acupuncture, you may be a little bit nervous but in general, there is not much to worry about. In fact, many patients feel their pain is alleviated after just a few sessions. If you wish to book an Acupuncture Assessment or Acupuncture Treatment in Kitchener, please use the LiveWell Health and Physiotherapy online booking system, or contact our office.