Tiny, sterile acupuncture needles to release muscular trigger points and tightness, which can sometimes cause pain and movement dysfunctions. The needles are inserted into the muscles at the trigger points causing pain. This causes the muscles to contract and release, increasing their flexibility and decreasing pain and discomfort.
The physiotherapists at Durham Physiotherapy & Wellness Clinic in Oshawa are certified to provide Acupuncture in their physiotherapy plan. Generally, acupuncture is combined with active treatment in order to achieve optimal recovery from injury.
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese technique that originated at least 2500 years ago. It has been scientifically shown to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve function. Acupuncture is often successfully used to manage acute or chronic injuries and conditions.
Myofascial trigger points are highly sensitive spots located in tight bands of muscles and/or in a muscle’s fascia layer. When pressure is applied to trigger points, its is typically very painful, and the pain can radiate to other areas in the body.This muscular tightness and spasm will cause compression and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine, which, when irritated, cause a protective spasm of all the muscles to which they are connected.
This can result in issues such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, decreased mobility and chronic pain.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called "qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness.
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites--commonly referred to as acupuncture points. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Acupuncture can release blocked qi, evoking the body’s natural healing. Modern research has demonstrated the effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.
Call Durham Physiotherapy & Wellness Clinic in Oshawa today If you are experiencing pain and would like to try acupuncture therapy.