At Collingwood Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI) and are trained to deliver acupuncture therapy with precision and care.
As a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the practice of acupuncture has spanned over 3000 years and consists of inserting fine, single-use disposable needles at specific points in the body. Stimulation of these Acupoints encourages the body to heal naturally by improving circulation, decreasing inflammation, reducing pain, and improving a person's mood and energy levels. Depending on your condition, acupuncture therapy can be used in combination with physiotherapy treatments to yield optimal results. Book your appointment today.
What you can expect from your acupuncture treatment session:
- As there are some medical conditions that make acupuncture a contraindication, the physiotherapist will be asking you some questions about your health history. It is important that you let the therapist know if you are pregnant or are trying to conceive, or if you have a pacemaker, as you may not be a suitable candidate for acupuncture therapy.
- It is recommended that you have a light snack before the start of your acupuncture treatment session.
- It is also recommended that you refrain from caffeine, alcohol, and smoking two hours before and after your acupuncture session. Consumption of these products will render the treatment much less effective.
- Please refrain from strenuous activity two hours after a treatment session.During the session, the therapist will clean the skin over the area to be needled with Stanhexidine. When the needle is inserted into the skin, you may experience a mild ache or warmth around the insertion site. This is a normal response and the sensation is referred to as "Qi" (which is the energy flow that exists in the human body).
- The needles will typically remain in the skin for about 20 - 25 minutes.
- After your treatment session, you may experience some mild bruising.