Anatomical acupuncture is a type of acupuncture that can be effective in treating painful muscle and nerve related issues. Anatomical acupuncture combines principles that were developed over centuries by classical acupuncture (a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine) with Western medical knowledge in anatomy and physiology. Combining physiotherapy with anatomical acupuncture in one treatment session can lead to improved outcomes that are specific to your individual needs.
Anatomical acupuncture is performed by Physiotherapists, or other health care professionals, who have completed additional training after graduating from University. I completed my training through Acupuncture Canada.
Acupuncture promotes self healing and balance in the body by influencing structures close to where the fine needles are inserted (such as the skin, soft tissue, muscles and nerves) and structures that are further away (such as the blood vessels and pain centres in the brain). Acupuncture has been shown to decrease pain, reduce swelling, promote tissue repair, correct imbalances, and improve scores in range of motion, endurance, strength and power.
Anatomical Acupuncture may be helpful for you if you: are in pain, have swelling, a slow healing process, decreased movement or are having problems progressing in your sport or activity. Combining physiotherapy treatment with acupuncture has been helpful in a variety of conditions from knee pain, to tennis elbow, as well as headaches, sciatica and jaw issues. There are minimal to no side effects when done properly by a certified practitioner.
I use a gentle approach with the needles to work within your comfort level, while giving you the best benefits from the treatment.
Unsure about Anatomical Acupuncture? Ask for an assessment from a registered Physiotherapist to find out if combining acupuncture with physiotherapy would be right for you.