Traditional Chinese (TCM) Acupuncture
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Originating in China, acupuncture is a therapeutic technique involving the insertion of extremely fine needles into specific points on the body. Insertion of needles produces both a local effect on any tissues (muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments) in the area, as well as more global effects on the body via the nervous
system. Both traditional and medical acupuncture have been proven to be extremely effective in treating pain and inflammation in orthopaedic conditions.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE TREATMENT?
Acupuncture is extremely gentle and the sensation you will feel when being needled is usually fairly minimal. Generally, the goal is to feel a light tingling, heaviness or mild aching, but occasionally you will feel nothing at all in the location of the needle. After the needles are inserted you are usually left to rest for a period of 10 – 20 minutes. Most people feel fairly relaxed during this period and many simply fall asleep.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTERWARDS?
It is common to feel relaxed and revitalized after acupuncture. Soreness after the treatment is uncommon.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER MY TREATMENT?
Depending on your condition, your therapist might recommend to perform specific exercises after your treatment. For more acute or painful conditions, heat, ice or a light walk is recommended.