An ancient therapeutic method, now widely accepted in modern medicine, acupuncture involves the placement of fine needles in specific areas of the body.
Proven safe and effective, acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, reduce pain and improve function. Recognized by the World Health Organization, it is now being recommended earlier in the management of pain and arthritic conditions.
Intermuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a specific acupuncture technique used to decrease pain by desensitizing supersensitive structures, resulting in restored motor function.
Acupuncture is a powerful tool, with minimal side effects. It can accelerate healing by reducing pain and acting as a targeted anti-inflammatory. The insertion of fine needles at specific points, stimulate the body to release endorphins and local anti-inflammatory factors.
In 2004, a knee arthritis study involving 570 subjects found a 40% reduction in pain scores with those who received acupuncture. (Berman et al., 2004). Latest research also supports acupuncture and nerve regeneration. At InsideOut, acupuncture has been applied successfully in the treatment of peripheral nerve injuries, neuropathies and post-polio syndrome.
Proven benefits of Acupuncture include:
* reduces pain and swelling
* improves joint mobility
* improves body’s natural healing ability
* improved lymphatic drainage
* encourages nerve regeneration
All our physiotherapists at InsideOut are Certified in Acupuncture with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. If deemed appropriate and desired by the patient, acupuncture is used in conjunction with therapy in order to rehabilitate clients safely and quickly.