Acupuncture needles are most often inserted at specific locations on the skin called acupuncture points. These points are located on specific lines outlined by tradition, referred to as meridians or channels. According to Chinese medical theory, there are 14 major meridians that form an invisible network connecting the body surface with the internal organs. These pathways are believed to be energy channels through which energy flows through the body.
Acupuncture works by restoring the normal energy balance within the body therefore allowing natural healing to occur. The insertion of the fine needle into the tissues also releases endorphins. Endorphins are made by the body and are one of the body’s own natural pain relieving chemicals. These endorphins block the passage of pain signals to the brain and therefore help to relieve or reduce pain within the body. When pain is reduced, the body can then restore normal biochemical balance and promote healing.
The physiotherapists who perform Acupuncture at our Clinic are certified through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. They are also registered with Physiotherapy Alberta College+ Association to perform acupuncture and are actively on the Acupuncture Needling Roster.