What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing that has been around for thousands of years. It has evolved into a very accepted form of treatment that is used to control or eliminate pain, speed recovery, and improve function.
It involves the insertion of very fine needles (disposable one-time-use sterilized needles) through the skin at very specific acupuncture points. There is no injection of substances. It has anti-inflammatory effect and stimulates the release of pain-relieving endorphins. Acupuncture stimulates the balance and flow of Qi energy that in Traditional Chinese Medicine is considered essential to health. When the body is healthy, Qi (pronounced chee), flows smoothly through the meridians that make up a conceptual network of pathways throughout the entire body. When the balance or flow of Qi is deficient or obstructed it may be diseased or susceptible to illness. Acupuncture treats both the symptoms and the root causes of the patient’s illness.
What can Novo do for you?
At Novo, our registered physiotherapists and chiropractors use acupucture in conjunction with other forms of treatment to either enhance recovery or to reduce acute symptoms and allow a quicker progression to manual therapy and functional exercise. Treatment with acupuncture can produce rapid results but more often requires several sessions over a period of time. There is usually some change after 5-6 treatments. Acupuncture is used on conditions such as: • Headaches • Whiplash • Sciatica • Tendonitis • Nerve irritations in upper limb • Arthritis • Low back Pain • Elbow tendinopathy (Golfer’s Elbow/Tennis Elbow) At Novo, because the FDN is performed by registered Physiotherapists and Chiropractors, the treatment is covered within those categories of your extended health benefits. Call the location nearest you for more information on treatment options.