Acupuncture is an ancient technique in which a skilled practitioner inserts hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to prevent or treat illness. Modern or medical acupuncture is based in combining traditional knowledge with modern science to give the best results for patients.
Acupuncture stimulates the body via 14 primary meridians or channels. To get a therapeutic benefit an acupuncturist inserts a number of tiny, sterile, flexible needles just under the skin at certain specific points (called acupoints) along the channels. There are four to five hundred named acupoints along the meridians, some of which are associated with specific internal organs or organ systems. Acupuncture practitioners believe that the therapy stimulates the body's internal regulatory system and nurtures a natural healing response.
Acupuncture studies have shown, for example, that inserting needles into the skin stimulates nerves in the underlying muscles. This stimulation, researchers feel, sends impulses up the spinal cord to a relatively primitive part of the brain known as the limbic system, as well as to the midbrain and the pituitary gland. Somehow that signaling leads to the release of endorphins and monoamines, chemicals that block pain signals in the spinal chord and brain.
Acupuncture needles can feel uncomfortable at times, they rarely hurt. They are very thin (only about three times the thickness of a human hair and much finer than the hypodermic needles used to give injections) and are designed to enter the skin with little resistance. Once the needles are inserted (generally from one to 15 are used), the acupuncturist may twist them manually or send a weak electrical current through them to increase the energy flow. The needles are left in for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the ailment. Some practitioners also use moxibustion, which involves heating the needles or acupoint with a slowly burning herbal agent (primarily the dried herb mugwort) to hasten healing.
Acupuncture Treatment Mississauga
On your first visit for acupuncture in Mississauga, the practitioner will take a thorough medical history, then do a medical assessment to determine what your treatment will consist. Depending on your ailment, you may also have your first acupuncture treatment at this time. In general, visits occur once or twice a week over several months until therapeutic results are achieved. Some patients notice rapid improvement after just a few sessions.
At the Mississauga acupuncture clinic we use acupuncture to relieve chronic pain--caused by such ailments as arthritis, headache, PMS, nausea from chemo or pregnancy and back pain--and to assist withdrawal from addictions such as drug and alcohol dependency. Our Mississauga acupuncture therapist understand acupuncture that it is a useful adjunct and acceptable treatment for a variety of conditions, including fibromyalgia, stroke rehabilitation, asthma, headache, women's health and carpal tunnel syndrome.