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Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture Treatment & ServicesAcupuncture is a component of the health care system of China that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture may, it has been theorized, correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points close to the skin.

Indications for Acupuncture

    Musculoskeletal systems

  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lumber pain
  • Muscle spasm
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ligament sprain
    Neurological system

  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Stroke
  • Facial palsy
  • Motion sickness
  • Epilepsy

Possible Side effects of acupuncture

  • The most common serious injury reported from the needles of acupuncture has been accidental puncture of the lung.
  • The most common infection reported from acupuncture treatments is viral hepatitis, a potentially serious infection of the liver.
  • Other side effects include bacterial infections locally at the site of needle insertion in the skin and elsewhere in the body. Generally, side effects seem to relate to poor hygiene and training of the acupuncturist.

Acupuncture Needles

  • There are several types of acupuncture needles. In ancient China, 9 different types of acupuncture needles were used. Today, the most commonly used needle is the metal filiform (thread-like) needle that is made from stainless steel. Very occasionally, silver or gold needles are used.
  • Acupuncture needles come in different gauges (diameter) and lengths to be used on the different areas of the body where they are to be inserted. The needles used nowadays are mostly very fine — they vary from 0.12 mm to 0.35 mm in diameter.

Precautions

  • Treatment for patients who are intoxicated should be delayed
  • Treatment should be delayed for patients who suffer extreme fatigue
  • Patients who are fasting or famished should delay treatment
  • Treatment of patients who overeat should be delayed
  • Caution is advised for patients who exhibit nervousness or extreme fear
  • Caution is also advised for patients showing any strong emotion
  • Women who are pregnant should tell the therapist before any needling
  • Treatment should be avoided for patients who take any blood thinner

For further information, or to book an appointment, please call Physionow at 289-724-0448. We have experienced Physiotherapists who can explain whether you may benefit from acupuncture treatment.

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