Acupuncture & Dry Needling

About acupuncture

Acupuncture is a holistic treatment where thin needles are inserted at specific points of the body. Each acupuncture point has a different purpose, and each has an effect on specific muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and soft tissues.

Western research studies have found that the key systemic effects of acupuncture include analgesic (pain relief) and anti-inflammatory outcomes. Acupuncture stimulates natural healing responses from the body and can have profound effects through stimulation of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.

About dry needling

Dry needling – also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling or intramuscular stimulation (IMS) – is a procedure where an acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin and muscle.

Dry needle therapy is used in physiotherapy in combination with other forms of physical therapies for the treatment of lower back pain, neck pain and plantar fasciitis. It can aid restored muscle activation and strength, restored range of motion, and relief of back pain. In addition, needling can also be used to stimulate the release of endorphins, which enhances the body’s natural healing ability and improves mood and energy.

What to expect

All of our therapists who needle have taken specific training to do so, and are regulated by the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia. Both services are offered as a conjunct to physiotherapy services.

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