from pain relief to wellness care
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for over 2500 years. Acupuncture stimulates the production of endorphins and enkephalins, which are the body’s own natural pain-killing chemicals. After acupuncture needles are inserted, there is an increase in blood flow to the thalamus, which is the area of the brain that relays pain and other sensory messages. There is also evidence of immune function changes with acupuncture.
Depending on the condition, you’ll have anywhere from 1 to 20 hair-thin needles inserted under the skin. Each needle is pre-sterilized, individually wrapped, and discarded after a single use. There should be little or no pain from the insertion of the needles. Once inserted, the needles may be stimulated with an electrical current. Needles are left in the skin for 5 to 20 minutes.
You should expect to have several sessions. You may not get relief from the first session. If there are no changes after six to eight sessions, then acupuncture is likely not for you.
Dr. Tara Rawluk, BScK, DC, Dac.
Why Choose Acupuncture?
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that acupuncture may be effective
for the following conditions:
• low back pain
• neck pain
• shoulder pain
• tennis/golfer's elbow
• carpal tunnel syndrome
• migraine headaches
• asthma, allergies
• nicotine addiction
• pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
• morning sickness
• stroke rehabilitation
Acupuncture may also be effective for many other conditions. The rate of adverse effects with acupuncture is very low and is far less than side effects associated with conventional treatments for these conditions.