Many people wonder what is acupuncture. What does acupuncture treat? Acupuncture is an alternative form of medicine that has been used for thousands of years and involves inserting very fine, sterile needles into certain points throughout the body, based on the Chinese energy pathways. Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. This stimulation encourages the body to release endorphins, our body’s own pain-relieving chemicals. It has also been shown to reduce pro-inflammatory markers in your body, decreasing inflammation and reducing pain. Acupuncture is extremely effective in the treatment of a variety of painful disorders and a variety of other conditions. At EWC, we take our time assessing and treating our clients for them to achieve the best results possible and walk out feeling brand new. Acupuncture in Ottawa never felt so good!
Traditional Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine needles (as fine as a human hair) into points in the body called acupuncture points. These acupuncture points are certain points in the body that allow energy, called qi, to flow. Different acupuncture points have different functions, and fine needles are inserted in these points to treat specific conditions you are seeking acupuncture points and rebalance the energy flow. This stimulation also encourages the body to release endorphins, our body’s own pain-relieving chemicals. It also helps reduce pro-inflammatory markers, to help reduce inflammation and reduce pain.
Electro-Acupuncture is very similar to traditional acupuncture but uses needles with coils at the end that are able to conduct electricity. Electricity is used to provide the amount of stimulation necessary to regulate or modulate abnormal signals of the nervous system. It also substitutes for prolonged hand manoeuvring needed in order helping the patient get the amount of stimulation needed in cases where it is required. The stimulation is constant, whereas hand stimulation will be varied. This helps overall develop a continued stimulus to your troubled regions using this technique. Electro-Acupuncture can be used for many conditions, a few to list are:
- Muscle and Joint Sprains/Strains
- Post-Surgical Rehab
- Repetitive Use Injuries (such as tendinitis)
- Frozen Shoulder
- Back Injuries
- Performance Care Treatments
- Plantar Fasciitis
Cupping therapy is an ancient technique where either plastic or glass cups are applied to the body with suction. This suction increases local blood flow to help relieve tightness, trigger point, and pain. It has been shown that injured or muscles in pain are affected by decreased blood flow and increased lactate levels, resulting in even more pain.
Cupping relaxes tense muscles and reduces stiffness associated with chronic back and neck pains, migraines, rheumatism, and fatigue. Athletes have been known to use cupping therapy to naturally improve performance and reduce stiffness, muscle cramps, joint pains and scar tissue caused by injuries. It also helps increase blood flow and draws oxygenated blood rich in nutrients under your skin to the areas it is needed. Cupping can last anywhere between 5 minutes to 30 minutes, and bruising is a normal side effect, which lasts up to 5 days.
Facial Or Anti-Cellulite Cupping Treatment
The facial cupping treatment has the effect of relaxing the tissues; it increases blood circulation and facilitates lymphatic drainage. As a result, the facial muscles are more relaxed, the tissues receive an increased intake of oxygen and nutrients and eliminate more easily the toxins and water excess. It is a very relaxing treatment, that in addition to reducing swelling and the appearance of wrinkles, also has beneficial effects for headaches, earaches, jaw pain, facial paralysis, and sinusitis.
The anti-cellulite cupping treatment causes the breakdown of cellulite. This stimulates blood circulation and the elimination of fats and toxins through the lymphatic system. The massage relaxes the connective tissue and the adhesion of the fascia promoting a smooth and healthy-looking skin.
Laser Acupuncture/Needleless Acupuncture
Don’t like needles? Laser acupuncture is an alternative to traditional acupuncture with needles. Some people simply dislike the feeling, however slight, of a needle penetrating their skin. Needle-less acupuncture allows you to experience the benefits of this amazing healing system without the needles. A cold laser is applied over the acupuncture/meridian points in order to cause the same stimulation traditional needles cause. Laser acupuncture is also effective and often shown to be as effective as needle acupuncture for a variety of problems. Effectiveness is enhanced because laser acupuncture allows you to treat points you otherwise might not be able to treat, due to patient age, sensitivity, or fear. It is also virtually side-effect and pain free!
The NADA protocol as it exists today consists of the insertion of small, stainless-steel, disposable acupuncture needles into five points on the outer surface of a person’s ear. The points used in the NADA protocol are Sympathetic, Shen Men, Kidney, Liver, and Lung. In most cases, patients are cared for in a quiet, comfortable room, which gives them ample space to relax.
Dozens of studies have documented the effectiveness of the NADA protocol. Among the benefits reported by patients and health care providers are improved retention in drug treatment programs; more optimistic attitudes about detoxification and recovery; reductions in cravings and anxiety; fewer episodes of sleep disturbance; and reduced need for pharmaceuticals.
Full Body Cupping/Acupuncture
This total body treatment takes the benefits of both cupping and acupuncture and spreads it along your entire body! The combination of treatments helps relax tense muscles, reduce pain, helps relieve chronic pain, migraines, and much more. This full body treatment will also help detoxify the body and stimulate the flow of fresh blood and stimulate the cleansing of lymph nodes in the body. Athletes may also use this treatment option in order to increase performance and relieve muscles tension prior to the sporting event. Full body cupping/acupuncture may also help with the flu, colds, anxiety, depression, sleeping, allergies, fevers, aches, and poor circulation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes! Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments around this day. It is safer than taking medications for any injury or conditions that you may be experiencing. Side effects with acupuncture are minor (such as soreness or minor bleeding, and don’t last very long at all. Most side effects experienced from acupuncture are extremely mild and self-correcting. In most cases, the patient never feels the needles going in and it is relatively pain free!
What Should I Expect After Treatment?
This will depend on the treatment. Many people feel immediate results after their first treatment, while others may take more time. It is common to feel a sense of deep relaxation, and in some cases spacey, immediately following a treatment. Acupuncture works on the subtle energies of your body. Therefore, after a treatment, we suggest avoiding extremes in heat or cold, sexual activity, strenuous exercise and stressful situations for at least four to six hours. Resting, if possible, is ideal.
What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is an extremely precise and complete medical system that has been continuously practiced for over 4,000 years and currently treats more than one third of the world’s population. TCM is much more than just acupuncture. It includes herbology, injection therapy, moxibustion, massage (tuina), qi gong and lifestyle counseling for the treatment and prevention of disease, illness and injury. It is very intricate and extensive, requiring many years of study to master and is not just another “bag of tricks” that can be added to any health care profession by way of a 300-hour course. TCM practitioners train at least 3-4 years in all aspects of Chinese medicine. TCM seeks to determine the “root cause” of a condition and proceeds toward bringing the body back into balance, supporting its innate ability to heal itself.