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ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is becoming a common and sought after therapeutic modality for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. So what does it do?

Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called “endorphins“. These pain relieving chemicals help to block pain messages travelling to the brain, resulting in relief of pain and a general state of relaxation. This stimulates a balance within the biochemical system stimulating the body’s own natural healing system. Our therapists will often use acupuncture as part of the rehabilitation process to stimulate local points within a muscle to enhance the muscle function and assist in the healing process. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment modality. The origin of Acupuncture lies in Traditional Chinese Medicine which aims to balance the body’s energy (or “Chi”) and blood to maintain optimal function and health. The physiotherapists at Physical Edge practice a more modern approach to acupuncture, the effects of which have been studied scientifically in Europe and North America. “Anatomical” acupuncture combines traditional Chinese points with the knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology in order to make it an effective treatment modality. Physical Edge physiotherapists can use acupuncture to treat the following conditions:

• Arthritis of multiple joints

• Carpal tunnel syndrome

• Facial palsy, TMJ and dental pain

• Muscle and joint fatigue

• Fibromyalgia

• Headaches and Migraines

• Neck, mid and low back pain

• Sciatica, nerve referral

• Frozen shoulder

• Tennis and Golfer’s elbow

• Tendonitis and bursitis

• Joint inflammation

Therapists at Physical Edge are certified to perform both body and auricular (ear) acupuncture with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada and the Association of Canadian Medical Acupuncturists.