Cabot Physiotherapy: Your Local Acupuncture Clinic
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny needles into the skin tissue at set acupuncture points. By doing so, endorphins and other chemicals are released at these points. In turn, this reduces pain and promotes your body’s healing systems.
Surprisingly, acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. It has roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, with some evidence dating back to around 100 BCE. Acupuncture is further considered one of the most common forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine that is practiced in the Western World.
Explaining Acupuncture Points
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Qi is considered the vital energy of the body. The blood flows through meridian channels, which connects all the internal systems and organs with one another. Acupuncture points are located where the Qi flows and are relative to certain parts of the body. With over 2000 acupuncture points located throughout the body, this Traditional Chinese Medicine framework created the foundation in which acupuncture arose.
When the points are stimulated, either by pressure or needling, the Qi and blood can flow efficiently and effectively to other areas of the body and to where it is needed the most. Today, most experts agree that acupuncture likely helps stimulate the release of endorphins and other chemicals, reducing pain and encouraging healing. And countless individuals have experienced the benefits that acupuncture has to offer!
Safe & Sterile Acupuncture Needles
Acupuncture needles come in many different sizes. The diameter of the needle ranges from 0.16 mm to 0.46 mm. The length of the needle further varies and may range from 13 mm to 130 mm. Usually, the longer needles are used in areas where the tissue is more thick. Typically, the needles are made of stainless steel. They are always disposed of after use and each patient receives new and sterile acupuncture needles at each session. This ensures the safety and efficiency of treatment.
Intramuscular Stimulation, or dry needling, is a type of acupuncture where tiny needles are inserted into very tight areas of muscle. At this tight band or ‘trigger point,’ the muscles then release, providing relief in various forms. This type of acupuncture is referred to as dry needling due to the fact that the needles themselves do not technically offer a direct solution. Instead, they activate the muscles, which then release tightness or tension.
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What Can Acupuncture Treat?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture is useful in treating the following conditions or ailments:
Sprains and Strains
Sprain and strains are common occurrences, especially in sports. Through the ancient technique of acupuncture, our team can help relieve your pain and symptoms, as well as help you fully recover as quickly and as safely as possible.
Low Back Pain
About 80% of individuals will experience back pain at some point in their life. Whether you injured your back at work or your pain gradually occurred, our Cabot Physio team can help. Acupuncture can be a great addition to your treatment plan to help alleviate some of your pain, as well as help your body heal.
Sciatica can be a form of back pain. It can also cause numbness, tingling and weakness through the buttocks and down the legs. If you are experiencing sciatica symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact our clinic today. Along with physiotherapy, your treatment plan may include acupuncture. In turn, we can help you get back to feeling your best as soon as possible!
Neck and Shoulder Pain
The shoulder is the most vulnerable joint in the human body. With the ability to move it every which way, it’s easy to injure. The neck also may become strained due to a shoulder injury or bad posture. Trust in Cabot Physio to help alleviate your neck or shoulder pain through the use of acupuncture techniques.
Knee pain got you down? Acupuncture can help! Knee pain is a common issue, especially as we age. But acupuncture can help manage your pain and promote proper healing.
Acupuncture is further useful in a variety of conditions, including:
- Temporomandibular dysfunction
- Allergy and sinus problems
- Digestive problems
- Nausea or vomiting
- Mood disorders, including anxiety and depression
- Morning sickness
Your First Acupuncture Session
At your first session, your physiotherapist will explain the process to you. If it’s your first time experiencing acupuncture, it is likely that the needles will be inserted for only 5-10 minutes. We slowly increase the time and determine the best timing and type of acupuncture for you and your health. Some individuals may notice a difference after their first session. For others, it may take a few sessions to notice the amazing benefits that acupuncture has to offer.
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Look no further for your local acupuncture clinic! Cabot Physio is happy to welcome you. Ultimately, we want each and every patient to get back to feeling their best. Acupuncture might play a part in helping you get there. Contact our clinic today and find out how we can help you improve your life. Start your journey toward a better life. There is no better time than right now.