Acupuncture in Barrie and Angus

Acupuncture Barrie and Angus

What is Acupuncture?

The practice of Acupuncture was developed thousands of years ago in Ancient China as one component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also includes herbal and dietary remedies, Qi Gong/breathing exercises, cupping etc. Acupuncture involves the insertion of single use sterile, disposable, very thin, solid needles at specific points on the body to effect some change on the system.

Acupuncture is commonly used by both physiotherapist and chiropractors to facilitate recovery from both acute and chronic injuries. These techniques can be used as an independent tool to help you to recover or in conjunction with other common rehabilitative treatments. The use of acupuncture, as well as the number and location of needles used, will vary based on your specific condition and treatment goals and will be discussed with your practitioner during your first visit.

What to Expect on Your First Visit

Ensure that you wear loose, comfortable clothing to allow access to knees and elbows without being restrictive. Alternately, bring a pair of shorts or tank top to allow access to the area of complaint. It is not a good idea to receive an Acupuncture treatment on an empty stomach so make sure to have a light snack prior to treatment.

If you are unsure how you will respond to treatment you may elect to have someone drive you home. On occasion, you may experience increased discomfort for hours or even up to 1-2 days following a treatment, or the feeling that the needles are still retained, both of which are very common. It is important to listen to your body after you receive Acupuncture, rest when your body tells you, drink extra water or herbal teas and remain active with gentle stretching.

How Often Will You Receive Acupuncture Treatment?

In general, needling is used to address pain. When combined with other physiotherapy treatment methods, it also helps improve movement and function. Your physiotherapist will regularly check your progress to ensure needling is helping you. While positive results are often apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions, response to treatment will vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms, overall health of the patient, and experience level of the practitioner.

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