Acupuncture has been practiced throughout Asia for millennia, but only in recent years has it begun to pick up steam in North America. With more and more converts to this eastern tradition, it is no wonder that Canadians are curious about the benefits that visiting an acupuncture practice offers.
Understanding The Process
For most people, the mention of acupuncture brings to mind pictures of dozens of needles stuck into skin. While this is a part of the process, there is more to it than creating human pin cushions. When performed by a professional, acupuncture improves the natural functions of the body and promotes self healing by stimulating affected and surrounding areas. This stimulation encourages blood flow but can improve more than just circulation.
Getting To Know The Pros
There is a long list and plenty of literature out there discussing the benefits of this time-honoured tradition, but at a glance, a few stand out from the others:
Wide Range of Results: Acupuncture is common for musculoskeletal issues like back or knee pain but it can also aid with migraines, nausea, cramps, anxiety, insomnia, arthritis or chronic pain following stroke or heart attack.
Pharmaceutical Free: Surgical treatments are invasive and painful while medications can have serious and lasting effects. Opioids are in the news more often than not, so it is no wonder that many patients are apprehensive about getting involved with painkillers. Acupuncture, however, provides pain relief without the need for drugs or medication.
Combining East & West: Instead of sticking to single treatments, acupuncture can be modified or expanded on to fit client needs. Existing medical records are examined before any treatments so patients can decide to incorporate heat, pressure or electric stimulation. Acupuncture can also be combined with western medicine, helping to deter stress and nausea associated with chemotherapy or radiation.