Acupuncture is one component of Traditional Chinese Medicine which aims to balance energy in the body in order to keep it functional and healthy. This therapeutic method is used to:
- Encourage natural healing
- Reduce or relieve pain
- Improve function of affected areas of the body
Acupuncture needles are very fine, flexible and rounded but sharp at the tip. They are ‘atraumatic’, meaning that they do not have a cutting edge like a hypodermic needle, which slices through tissue. Their design allows acupuncture needles to slide smoothly through tissues and makes them unlikely to cause bleeding or damage to underlying structures. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture.
These needles are placed at specific acupuncture points, which are places on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of electricity than the surrounding skin and are part of a network of points that were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. Most are found along ‘meridians’ or ‘channels’ that are believed to be the pathways by which energy or Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) flows through the body. Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called endorphins. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities.
At Wellington Ortho & Rehab, acupuncture is very often used as an adjunct to physiotherapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic care. You can access these professional with or without a referral from your family physician.