Acupuncture and How it Works
Acupuncture has been practised as part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
It is now widely accepted in North America because of its effectiveness in treating acute and chronic pain.
The National Institutes of Health reports acupuncture may be useful as an alternative treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, stroke, addiction, asthma, post-operative and chemotherapy, nausea and vomiting.
The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in treating digestive and respiratory problems, addiction, insomnia, depression and anxiety.
How does acupuncture work?
Dr, McHardy, Chiropractor at Parkway Back and Foot Clinic; holds an advanced certificate in Medical Acupuncture. An acupuncturist inserts hair-thin needles into the skin at precise points known as acupuncture points.
In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is based on the theory that an essential life energy, called qi, flows through the body along the meridians. Each meridian is connected to a specific internal organ. When the flow of qi is out of balance or blocked, illness or pain results. The stimulation of acupuncture points along the meridians releases these blockages to promote the smooth flow of energy to restore health. This ancient system of healing stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
With few adverse side effects, acupuncture can be useful by itself, or in combination with other therapies, for a wide range of health problems. Women who are pregnant and haemophiliacs should be treated with caution.
Acupuncture is very effective at treating a variety of painful musculoskeletal problems including:
• neck pain
• low back pain
• tennis elbow
• frozen shoulder
• muscle strains
• ligament sprain
Parkway Back and Foot Clinic uses disposable needles, preventing any risk of infection or disease transmission. Overall, acupuncture should be considered a safe, low-risk therapy.
Parkway Back and Foot Clinic, Stoney Creek
They offer a range of treatments from acupuncture, chiropractic, relief from sport injury, massage therapy, physiotherapy, shockwave therapy, and have a Chiropodist, Danielle Willis, for all your foot concerns.