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needles acupuncture at NW Calgary Chiropractic clinic

What type of acupuncture is offered at Full Motion Health and Pain Management?

Dr. Teighen McLeod has completed the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University, which focuses on the neurofunctional based application of acupuncture. Needle points are based on extensive knowledge of neuromuscular anatomy, and are inserted to alter nerve flow and muscle tone. Medical acupuncture is often utilized as a component of treatment plans for a variety of conditions.

What Is Medical Acupuncture?

Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to put the body’s natural mechanisms of healing into action.

  • It is used to relieve pain, alter movement patterns, and improve performance
  • It is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, in which acupuncture needles are inserted into anatomically defined neurofunctional sites and stimulated manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purposes of modulating pain and other dysfunctions
  • Typically between 4-20 needles are used for approximately 10-30 minutes depending on the condition being treated.
  • Most feel very little to no discomfort with needle insertion. If some discomfort is felt, it usually only takes a moment for the body to adjust so the stimulus is no longer recognized as unpleasant. After a thorough history and physical exam, your condition and treatment options are discussed and further treatment is always directed by your goal(s) and comfort.
  • In general, it is integrated with other therapeutic interventions and used either as a first line treatment or as a modality for other treatments. This is dependant on the nature of your problem and is evaluated on an individual basis.

What is the basis of Medical Acupuncture?

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture aims to integrate classical acupuncture therapy and contemporary medicine incorporating current concepts of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and pathophysiology.

Is it safe?

It is a very safe and effective method of treatment, and most patients feel very minimal to no discomfort as the needles are inserted. All needles used are sterile single use needles.

What are the needles made of?

The needles used are made of high grade surgical stainless steel, while some have a different metal for the handle (away from the skin), such as copper for conductivity when using gentle electrical stimulation. Some needles also have a bio-inert FDA-approved silicone coating which reduces friction on insertion, to reach target depth AND minimize patient discomfort in particularly tight areas, but these are not as commonly used. If you have allergies, please let Dr. McLeod know during your history, or when you make your appointment to ensure we have the correct needle available for you.

What are some differences between Medical and Traditional Acupuncture?

  • As in traditional acupuncture, Medical Acupuncture involves insertion of solid needles at relevant points on the body in combination with manual needle stimulation or electrical stimulation.
  • Medical Acupuncture does not involve tongue or pulse diagnosis. Rather, a diagnosis is attained through thorough history taking and physical examination. Based on this process, anatomical points that are relevant to the condition are selected for needling.

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What has research found?

Contrary to popular belief, acupuncture treatment has been very well studied in both eastern and western scientific literature. The benefits of acupuncture include: pain relief, inflammation reduction, improved blood flow, stress reduction, improved nerve conduction, and improved range of motion. The World Health Organization (WHO) endorses the use of acupuncture for several syndromes.

Some commonly treated conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Neck & Back pain
  • Muscle Pain or Strains
  • Stress and Tension Syndromes
  • Golfer’s/Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Bursitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Knee Pain
  • Nerve Pain, including Numbness & Tingling
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia, Facial Pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Scar Tissue Breakdown

Common associated benefits from acupuncture:

  • Menstrual Disorders / Menopausal Symptoms
  • Digestive Disorders – IBS, Constipation, Diarrhea, Gastritis
  • Sleep & Mood Disorders

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