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Often used to relieve pain, acupuncture is a traditional technique rooted in Chinese medicine. During an acupuncture treatment' your physiotherapist will insert needles into specific points on your body for approximately 20 to 30 minutes with the intention of affecting your nervous systems. Insertion points are carefully selected based on traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture points. These points are designed to release the flow of energy throughout the body, energy that is deemed important to good health.

Acupuncture focuses on the power of natural healing and treatments can result in the following benefits:

  • Noticeable pain relief

  • Boosted energy levels

  • Improved mood

  • Smoother bodily functions

What’s the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?

Our patients often wonder about the difference between acupuncture and IMS (dry needling). Generally, both treatments are considered invasive as they involve inserting a fine, disposable needle into the body. Basically, it is how the needles are utilized that differentiates IMS - Intramuscular stimulation and acupuncture. IMS needles are inserted into specific muscle trigger points to release tension, decrease pain and improve movement. Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points to stimulate the release of endorphins. IMS needles are removed right away, whereas acupuncture needles can be left in for up to 30 minutes. Both treatments produce beneficial results.

Rest assured our trained physiotherapy team will work with you to determine which treatment path is best for you.



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