By Athlete's Care on February 10, 2023
The practice of contemporary medical acupuncture has its roots in Chinese traditional medicine, but is also based in modern clinical practice, delivered by a certified professional. Here are some answers to common questions about the procedure.
What is it? Very thin sterile needles are inserted under your skin at specific points, and then left in for a specific period of time, usually 10-15 minutes. Treatments may last up to 60 minutes. A course of 6 to 8 treatments is common.
How does it work? Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe they rebalance the flow of energy or chi through the body. Western practitioners are more likely to see it as stimulating nerves, muscles and connective tissues. They believe it results in a release of the body’s natural painkillers, which in turn stimulates natural healing processes.
Can it help? Medical acupuncture is most often used as part of a treatment plan, in concert with other treatments or therapies. Your Toronto physiotherapist or other sports medicine specialist who serves as your primary caregiver can formulate a treatment mix that addresses your individual needs.
Medical acupuncture is typically used to help reduce or eliminate uncomfortable symptoms of various kinds and conditions. That may include:
Does it hurt? You should only experience a mild sensation, if anything. A mild aching sensation is common. There may be minor bruising or bleeding at the site where the needles enter the skin
What can you expect from the experience?
Afterwards, you may feel very relaxed. Other people feel especially energetic after an acupuncture session. If you don’t feel any results after a few weeks, then it may not be the right treatment for you.
Note: if you are taking blood thinning prescriptions or have a bleeding disorder, be sure to tell your Toronto sports medicine practitioner during your initial assessment.
If you'd like to learn more about medical acupuncture, or think it could be part of your recovery plan, don't hesitate to contact one of our Toronto physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics today for a consultation.