Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world today, dating back over 4,000 years. Acupuncture balances the body for optimal health by stimulating specific locations, or points, in the body with acupuncture needles, acupressure, heat, or electricity. The locations of these points lie along pathways, called meridians. Current research shows evidence of acupuncture decreasing pain, reducing inflammation, calming nerves, aiding digestion, improving sleep, preventing nausea, strengthening the immune system and much more. Acupuncture is effective as a wellness and preventive medicine, and for both acute and chronic conditions.
Trigger point dry needling is considered a form of acupuncture which focuses on needling trigger points in the body rather than meridian points. TDN is often used for neuromuscular skeletal conditions, such as repetitive stress injuries, neck pain, headaches, muscle tendonitis, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, muscle strains, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff impingement, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Following a personal and confidential consultation, your acupuncturist will create a customized plan to assist in achieving your personal healthcare goals.
During the acupuncture session, extremely fine, sterile, single-use disposable acupuncture needles are inserted in specific points on the body according to the client's individual presentation. It is common for clients to experience a feeling of general warmth or a tingling sensation during the treatment.
While treatment times vary according to each individual’s needs, a typical session lasts approximately 25 minutes. While many clients experience quick relief from acupuncture, the therapy is best used in a series of treatments to relieve acute and chronic conditions, correct imbalances, and maintain optimal health. As health improves, fewer visits are necessary.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diseases, symptoms and conditions for which acupuncture has been proven through controlled clinical trials to be an effective treatment include:
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Induction of labour
Low back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction of
Nausea and vomiting
Pain in dentistry
Periarthritis of shoulder
Other common diseases, symptoms, and conditions for which acupuncture has been shown effective but further study is currently being done include:
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
Competition stress syndrome
Craniocerebral injury, closed
Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
Female urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Postextubation in children
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Raynaud syndrome, primary
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Retention of urine, traumatic
Spine pain, acute Stiff neck
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Ulcerative colitis, chronic
Urolithiasis Vascular dementia
Please visit the WHO website for the complete list: http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf
The National Institutes of Health have also compiled their own data and issued a consensus statement regarding the benefits of acupuncture therapy on numerous conditions and symptoms. These include postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, nausea of pregnancy, and postoperative dental pain, addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia (general muscle pain), low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma.