Acupuncture Treatments at Bloor Jane Physiotherapy

What Is Acupuncture and How Does It Work?

Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which practitioners stimulate specific points of the body by inserting very fine needles through the skin. Acupuncture needles stimulate the body to produce its own pain-relieving endorphins. They, in turn, block the neural pathways from sending pain sensation. Endorphins are one of the body’s own opioid chemicals that stimulate natural healing abilities and promote physical well-being. 

Acupuncture and Dry Needling 

Dry needling is the type of acupuncture the physiotherapists at Bloor Jane Physiotherapy are trained to use. We use very thin filament needles. This technique also uses the body’s own systems to promote cell repair and, in turn, reduce swelling and pain. 


What Conditions Get the Best Results with Acupuncture? 

Acupuncture is effective for many conditions but at Bloor Jane Physiotherapy, we use it to treat pain from musculoskeletal conditions such as acute or chronic headaches (migraines or tension headaches), acute or chronic low back pain and sciatica, neck pain and whiplash injury, as well as arthritis (rheumatoid or osteoarthritis). Clinical research found that acupuncture is useful by itself or combined with conventional therapies to treat tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Acupuncture is an effective non-pharmaceutical way to reduce chronic pain.

 

Will it Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very thin. Most people feel minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted; some feel nothing at all. There is little to no sensation when the needles are in place. 


Is Acupuncture Treatment COVID Safe? 

Single-use, disposable needles are used for each treatment. There is no possibility of transmitting a blood-borne virus using sterile acupuncture needles. 


Don’t use acupuncture treatments to postpone seeing your doctor or other health care practitioner about your health problem. Don’t postpone any necessary surgery. 


What are the Side Effects of Acupuncture? 

Acupuncture is generally considered very safe with only a few side effects. Sometimes drowsiness may occur after treatment and for that reason, it is recommended not to drive. Fainting can occur but it is rare. Minor bruising or bleeding occurs in 3% of the treatments. 


What Does the Physiotherapist Need to Know? 

Are you pregnant or is there a possibility that you could be pregnant? Do you have a pacemaker or any other electrical implants? Are you a hemophiliac? Do you take blood-thinners or anticoagulant medication? Have you ever had seizures, fainting or dizzy spells?


What Can I Expect from Treatment?

Pain relief may be noticed immediately or within a few hours. Some may not respond to the treatment for a few days. Response to treatment varies in each person and with each condition. For acute conditions or those of recent onset, fewer treatments are generally required and chronic or long-standing conditions may require 1 or 2 treatments a week for several sessions before improvement is noticed.

 

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