What Can Acupuncture Therapy Help With?
Acupuncture can help with a wide variety of issues. Treatment can help promote the healing of injuries, reduce muscle tension and help in the treatment of painful musculoskeletal conditions such as:
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Acupuncture therapy involves the stimulation of acupuncture points at various locations in the body with fine needles. This can help treat painful conditions, especially those that are orthopaedic in nature.
Your physiotherapist may offer acupuncture to complement your physiotherapy treatments. Only a physiotherapist with an acupuncture license is qualified to perform acupuncture in Winnipeg clinic.
Classical Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is a popular practice in Chinese medicine that has been exercised for thousands of years!
Acupuncture is one of several traditional Chinese medicine treatments that aims to balance energy in the body to promote good health. Its popularity around the world has steadily grown over the years. Research on its effectiveness has led it to become widely accepted in western medicine as an effective therapy for many different conditions. Western-trained acupuncture practitioners tend to use a more modern and anatomical approach when performing acupuncture therapy. Although each treatment method is different, both western medicine and traditional Chinese approaches have proven to be very effective. Many insurance plans now cover some form of acupuncture therapy.
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What To Expect During Your First Acupuncture Treatment
When you attend your first acupuncture treatment at the clinic, you will be asked to read a basic information sheet about acupuncture therapy, as well as sign a consent form. Your physiotherapist will explain how your treatment will proceed and give you a chance to ask any questions. Your therapist will then begin treatment by cleaning the skin and inserting acupuncture needles in a variety of points in the body.
Only single-use, sterile, disposable needles are used in our clinic. Once all of your needles have been inserted, they will be left in for approximately 15-30 minutes. You will be encouraged to let your therapist know at any time if you experience discomfort. After that, your needles will be removed, and the remainder of your physical therapy session will be completed.
How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture can have effects on many parts of the body both locally and systemically. When needles are inserted in various acupuncture points it can stimulate a wide variety of tissues such as nerves, muscles, connective tissue, blood vessels, and the skin. This can help reduce muscle tension, inflammation and promote tissue healing. Stimulation of these points can also trigger the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals. This can help in the treatment of painful conditions and injuries.
Before you book your acupuncture treatment in the clinic
Winnipeg Acupuncture Licensing
Only physiotherapists who have obtained an acupuncture license are qualified to perform this type of therapy in a Winnipeg clinic. Licensed physiotherapists have the option of pursuing post-graduate training in the use of traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as acupuncture. These programs involve a great deal of theoretical and hands-on training, as well as written and practical exams.
Upon successful completion of the program and approval by the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba, a physiotherapist can then perform acupuncture treatments on patients in clinics. Physiotherapists will only perform acupuncture techniques related to their scope of practice. This can include the treatment of injuries, orthopedic conditions, migraines, headaches and sleep difficulties to name a few.
Do I Need A Doctor’s Prescription To Have Acupuncture In Winnipeg?
No. Our clinic does not require a prescription for acupuncture treatments. However, some insurance plans may require a prescription for acupuncture to be covered. You can find out if your plan requires a prescription for acupuncture by calling your insurance provider. We can assist you in finding out this information.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
The sensation people feel during acupuncture can vary depending on the person and the area being treated. Most patients feel minimal discomfort when acupuncture needles are being inserted, and some feel no pain at all.
Once the needles are fully inserted, you might feel an achy sensation, or not even notice the needles at all. Acupuncture needles are designed to cause minimal discomfort due to their small size and flexibility. If you do experience discomfort during your session, your therapist can adjust any needle or even remove it.
Does the Clinic Offer Cupping Treatments?
Yes. Our physiotherapists may use cupping as part of your physical therapy treatment depending on the nature of your condition. Our massage therapist also offers cupping during massage therapy sessions for an additional fee.
Cupping also has origins in traditional Chinese medicine and is commonly taught in acupuncture courses. This therapy involves the use of therapeutic cups that secure the skin to stimulate the area and increase blood flow. If you are interested in receiving cupping as part of your treatment, please discuss this with your therapist to see if this right for you.
What conditions are best treated with acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be beneficial in treating a vast range of conditions both in humans and animals. Acupuncture can help with various conditions such as neck pain, migraines, tendinitis, sciatica, and so much more! It may not be for everyone, though, especially if you have specific contraindications, precautions, or are just uneasy with needles. It is best to have an open discussion with your physiotherapist to determine whether or not acupuncture is right for you.ping