What is Acupuncture?

Contemporary Acupuncture takes an ancient therapy and re-defines its mechanisms and effects using present-day scientific understanding of human physiology. At first glance, Contemporary Acupuncture may look strikingly similar to traditional Chinese acupuncture. Small thin needles are inserted into various points in the body, including hands, feet and scalp, and left in place for a period of time before removal. At times the practitioner may attach a small electrical device to one or more needles to aid in treatment and at other times may choose to use no electrical input.

Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain, including low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and can be used in conjunction with other hands on therapies including physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy and massage therapy. It can also be used during pregnancy to deal with the muscular discomfort, to induce labor for post-dates pregnancy, or fertility during conception period. Acupuncture can be used for most conditions including anxiety, stress, depression, fibromyalgia, digestive discomfort, menstrual irregularities, hot flashes, etc.