An ancient technique that has stood the test of time in its effectiveness for both acute and chronic conditions. In the field of physiotherapy, it is used as part of the complete approach to managing pain and inflammation. At Rx Physio Health, our physiotherapist will incorporate evidence based acupuncture into the treatment plan to help reduce pain by stimulating the central nervous system to produce natural pain reducing chemicals. By causing alterations in nerves, muscles, connective tissue (fascia), hormones and blood circulation acupuncture helps to:
1. manage and lessen pain
2. reduce inflammation
3. decrease healing timeline
4. restores function
There are various techniques we apply here at Rx Physio:
Traditional acupuncture involves the insertion of single-use sterilized needles into specific points on the skin. Our Registered Physiotherapist will conduct an assessment to determine the cause of the dysfunction and determine which points need to be treated to restore balance in the system. At Rx Physio health, a combination of traditional Chinese acupuncture points and muscle trigger points are stimulated to facilitate relaxation in the targeted muscle. The duration of sessions can vary in length, ranging from 15-30 minutes before the needles are removed.
A technique that can help increase the stimulation of conventional acupuncture through the use of an electroacupuncture machine or transcutaneous electrical nerve (TENS) units. These electrotherapy modalities can be set to various amplitude and frequencies of electric impulses. Clinical studies and evidence based research has shown that Low-frequency electroacupuncture is especially useful for chronic pain conditions.
Cupping therapy is another variant of acupuncture in which a therapist places suction cups on the skin for a set period of time to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
If acupuncture is something you believe you need or wish to talk about incorporating it into your recovery program, book an appointment and let’s talk about it.
To ensure that the treatment is properly administered, physiotherapists must, by law, be trained and certified. Rx Physio therapists are certified by the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI)