What is Medical Acupuncture and how does it Work?
Dr. Maja and Cameron Edgar are licensed medical acupuncturists and received their training at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Continuing Education department at McMaster University. This program utilizes the most up-to-date evidence through clinical trials and systematic reviews for point selection and applications.
Acupuncture is a treatment that helps in healing the body and improving overall functioning of the body naturally.
How does Medical Acupuncture Work?
This treatment involves the insertion of tiny needles on the acupuncture points or areas that are dysfunctional or painful. As per the modern scientific explanation, this treatment stimulates the flow of blood to the areas where needles are inserted and therefore helps with improving circulation and reducing inflammation in those areas. Also, acupuncture treatment stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain which change the experience of pain (reduce pain).
What are the Benefits of Medical Acupuncture?
The World Health Organization considers acupuncture generally a safe treatment for a wide range of medical problems, including:
- Neurological and muscular disorders
- Neck pain
- Rib neuritis
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis elbow
- Lower back pain
Are there any side effects of the treatment?
There are usually no side effects following your treatments. You may feel like the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation.
Do the needles hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt.