Cornerstone’s North York clinic provides medical acupuncture for the treatment of injuries and health management. Acupuncture at our facility is only administered by experienced physiotherapists, who have specialized training and credentials. Acupuncture can be used as a primary method of treatment, or can be combined with physiotherapy to maximize the potential for recovery.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
Our rehabilitation clinic uses acupuncture to treat the following:
- Low back pain, and neck pain
- Muscular pain, tension, tightness
- Joint pain
- Chronic pain
- Nerve-related syndromes
- Inflammatory conditions
- Trigger points and soft-tissue adhesions
- TMJ pain
- and many more …..
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Research shows that acupuncture affects the body on several different levels, both locally at the site of the needle and centrally, at the central nervous system level of the brain.
- The needle has a pain-reducing affect by causing the body to release analgesic chemicals
- It affects the hypothalamus and pituitary glands resulting in changes in circulation of blood and hormones.
- It creates changes to immune function
These changes encourage the reduction of pain and muscle tone, increase speed of recovery, and allows for normalization of some physical functions of the body
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
With the actual insertion of the needle, patients often report no sensation at all. Some do note a small pricking sensation, similar to that of a mosquito bite. Once the needle is inserted, it is common to feel a dull ache, warmth, tingling, or a small muscle contraction.
Our clinic can also utilize the benefits of adding a small electrical current to the tips of our acupuncture needles. This allows more stimulation to occur at the site of the needle, further enhancing the primary therapeutic effect of the treatment. Typically with electro-acupuncture, there is a slight increase in the typical acupuncture sensations felt, without a significant increase in discomfort.
What Should I Expect After Acupuncture Treatment?
This can vary from patient to patient. Some patients report an immediate reduction in their symptoms, whereas others may initially feel an increase in sensation at the site of the treatment, with a decrease in symptoms noted some time later. Most patients report feeling calm, even drowsy after a visit, therefore we advise you not to engage in strenuous physical activity for a few hours after your treatment.
Are There Any Side-Effects? Is It Safe?
Though not common, in some cases there can be bruising at the site of the needles, similar to having a needle at the doctor’s office. There can also be a temporary increase in symptoms as the injured region becomes stimulated with acupuncture treatment.
The insertion of any object under the skin always comes with a risk of infection. However, when it comes to acupuncture needles (due to size and location) studies consistently show that this risk in extremely small. To further reduce that risk, our clinic only uses needles that are sealed in sterilized packing and are one-time use.
Will Insurance Cover My Acupuncture Treatment?
Our acupuncture treatments are only administered by registered physiotherapists, therefore acupuncture treatment given at our clinic will be covered by your physiotherapy benefits, if you have extended health coverage.
Please note that if you have Acupuncture or Acupuncturist coverage as a part of your benefits policy, your insurer may require that your practitioner is registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMAO). If this is the case, then treatments at our clinic would not be eligible for reimbursement.
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