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What is Acupuncture and How Does it Work?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system that has been used for centuries in China to manage pain and assist in the healing of many orthopedic conditions. Sterile and disposable needles are inserted at specific points on the body to stimulate energy pathways (meridians). This has been demonstrated by numerous research studies to stimulate blood flow, which is important for tissue healing and stimulate the release of our body's natural pain killers. The use of needles are typically not painful. In fact, most people report no pain at all when needles are inserted. The needles can also be stimulated with a mild painless current to improve the pain relieving effect. Dry needling techniques can be used to stimulate blood flow and release tissue tightness. 
For those with a fear of needles, laser acupuncture can be completed, which involves the use of a laser probe to stimulate the same acupuncture points. This is also completely painless and very effective.Our trained physiotherapists can complete acupuncture as a part of your regular physiotherapy session. Today many professional teams, including the Canadian Olympic Team, utilize this tool to speed up the recovery process for athletes. 
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for: Tennis and golfers elbow, tissue swelling and recovery, disc herniations, sciatica, plantar faciitis, headaches, tissue tension, and frozen shoulder to name a few. If you would like more information on whether acupuncture would be beneficial for you, contact us today and speak with a healthcare professional.