Acupuncture is a therapy used to treat a wide variety of muscle, joint and nerve conditions. This form of treatment involves placing thin, sterile needles into specific sites on the body in order to reduce muscle spasms and expedite healing through increased blood flow and improved immune function.
Dr. Green is licensed to perform clinical acupuncture and is registered with the Acupuncture Council of Ontario. Together with chiropractic care and soft tissue therapy, Dr. Green offers acupuncture as part of a completely natural approach to muscle and joint disorders.
How does it work?
Fine needles are inserted into muscles or close to nerves and this alters the nervous system function and blood flow both locally and far reaching. Acupuncture also has analgesic effects due to the increase of pain killing biochemicals such as endorphins circulating during and after the treatment. Most patients feel little if any discomfort and often report a feeling of relaxation and well-being after their treatment.
Research has shown acupuncture to be effective in treating:
Shoulder pain (rotator cuff tendonopathies)
Osteoarthritis of the knee
Low Back Pain
Stress and Anxiety
What to expect?
On your first visit a complete history and physical exam will be performed to properly assess your compliant. Loose fitting clothing or shorts are often helpful for range of motion and orthopedic tests. Dr. Green will review the informed consent for acupuncture. The needles will be inserted and should be left in for 15-20 minutes for therapeutic effect.
Each patient is given a unique and personalize treatment plan so they can return to optimal performance or health as quickly as possible. Although results vary, patients usually respond within several treatments.
Rarely, a bruise is left at the site of needle insertion. Also, some patients find they can be temporarily stiff and sore. Often patients report a feeling of fatigue and/ or drowsiness after their treatment.