Acupuncture is not new; as a healing technique it has been studied and utilized for more than 2,500 years. Using ancient scientific principles, acupuncture treats illness by bringing a person’s body into harmony, into balance, into homeostasis. Here, in North America, acupuncture began to flourish during the Cultural Revolution in China; since 1974.
Physiotherapists and chiropractors in Ontario can use acupuncture to treat their clients with the proper training. This means inserting small needles into specific points in the body to stimulate healing, reduce pain, and help the treatment process.
At Back in Motion, our professionals have been trained at the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI).
The AFCI understands that western health practitioners (like physiotherapists) have a wealth of knowledge of medicine, anatomy and physiology and it uses this base and links it to the ancient science of acupuncture. Our training does not make us Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine but physiotherapists trained in the use of acupuncture. We invite you to follow this link to find out more about acupuncture and its role in western medicine.
This website has information on the latest research regarding acupuncture and its effectiveness in various conditions.Your physiotherapist uses the skills learned at AFCI to treat conditions that are within the scope of practice of physiotherapists.
That means we can use acupuncture treatment, if it is appropriate for you, to treat conditions such as the ones below:
- Myofascial pain
- Post Herpetic or trigeminal Neuralgia
- Post-Surgical Pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Neck disorders
- Cluster headache, migraine headache, cervical headache or myofascial headache
- Low back pain
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Osteoarthritis: knee, hip, etc
- Tennis elbow
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
It is important to note that acupuncture is one aspect of the physiotherapist’s treatment. Your therapist may choose to use other techniques as well to help you recover from your injury or improve you physical condition.