Acupuncture St. Catharines Pain Relief Clinic
There are two types of acupuncture: traditional oriental medicine and medical acupuncture. Traditional oriental medicine works on a philosophy such as yin and yang and it focus on balancing the body’s energy system. The medical acupuncture approach is quite different as it is based on the current principles of neurology, physiology, pathophysiology and neuroanatomy. Our clinic utilizes the medical acupuncture approach. This approach is extremely effective in treating muscle and joint related pain. Acupuncture is effective in treating both acute and chronic pain disorders.
How Medical Acupuncture Works:
Relaxation Reflex: when an injury occurs in the body the surrounding muscles often go into spasm and become “tight”. This tightness produces stiffness and pain. A relaxation reflex occures when the needle is inserted at a specific anatomical point. This tiggers the nervous system to relax the muscle.
Endorphin Theory: acupuncture releases endorphins; this is the body’s own natural pain killer.
Circulatory Theory: acupuncture needles increase the circulation of blood flow to the site of injury. This triggers the body to “re-start” the healing process. Now important nutrients and cells are brought to the site of injury to repair the damaged tissue.
Gate Control Theory of Pain: acupuncture needles are carefully placed near nerves that are producing pain. The needles create a powerful stimulus to the nervous system. The nervous system eventually becomes overwhelmed and the pain signal is blocked.
Acupuncture is effective in treating a wide variety of disorders such as (but not limited to):
- Back pain/ sciatica
- Neck pain/ whiplash
- Shoulder pain/ rotator cuff injuries
- Tendon injuries
- Sport injuries
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders(TMD)
- Stress and depression
Acupuncture St. Catharines
During your first visit, the acupuncture doctor will take a detailed medical history related to your primary concerns. A physical exam will then follow to identify the cause of the problem. Once, the cause is determined a treatment plan will be outlined and discussed. Treatment will then follow using evidence based techniques.