Acupuncture, like several other treatment methods and modalities, is practiced by some of our physiotherapists. It involves the use of fine needles strategically inserted into specific points in your body to stimulate nerve, muscle, or blood vessels. It can modulate nerve conduction, release muscle tension, or promote blood flow to reduce pain and promote healing.
Acupuncture is a controlled act that is practiced by some of our physiotherapists. It involves the use of fine needles strategically inserted into specific points in your body to modulate nerve conduction, release muscle tension, or stimulate blood flow.
During treatment, the needles will often be left in place for several minutes, depending on your body’s response. They may be manually stimulated (flicked or twirled) or electrically stimulated using a point stimulator. Stimulating the needles throughout treatment may intensify the body’s response to the acupuncture needles.
Common questions about Acupuncture
Are the needles sterile?
Yes, acupuncture needles are individually sealed and sterile. They are single use only. We do not re-use our needles.
Can anyone perform acupuncture?
No, acupuncture is a controlled act, and may only be administered by a registered health care provider who has received specialized training. At Shyft, acupuncture is performed by registered physiotherapists. Therefore, the problem or condition treated must be within the scope of practice of a physiotherapist and will be part of a comprehensive physiotherapy treatment plan, which may include activity modification and exercise prescription.
How will you know if acupuncture is the right treatment for me?
Any acupuncture treatment begins with a thorough physiotherapy examination. It is at the discretion of your treating physiotherapist if acupuncture is right for you. They will discuss any potential risks and benefits.