Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain, and improve function of affected areas of the body.  This is a safe and effective method and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained when traditional Western medical therapy has failed. In treating any illness or affliction, a correct diagnosis is important before any decisions are made regarding therapy. Once the diagnosis is established, a qualified practitioner can advise whether Acupuncture is appropriate. The method is often used as part of a physiotherapy treatment.

What to expect during a treatment?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles though the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort.  The needles stimulate the body to produce it’s own pain relieving chemicals called ‘endorphins.’ Endorphins help to block pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain, resulting in relief of pain, general relaxation and biochemical regulation of the body’s own internal systems.

What can it treat?

  • Digestive Disorders: Gastritis, hyperacidity, Spastic, Constipation, Diarrhea
  • Respiratory Disorders: Sinusitis, Bronchitis, Asthma
  • Neurological and Muscular Disorders: headaches, back and neck pain, Neuralgia, Frozen Shoulder, Tendintis, Tennis elbow, Sciatic, arthritis
  • Urinary, menstrual and reproductive issues

Types of Acupuncture

The Health Network in London, Ontario offers 7 day a week, same day appointments. Your treatment is partially covered by many employer-provided extended health care benefits or workman’s compensation. Call 519-433-7400 to begin an individualized program of chronic pain management with the physiotherapists at The Health Network.

If you would like some answers on some questions you might have about this method, see the FAQs page.  Please contact us if you would like some more information.