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Hamilton Acupuncture

The basis of acupuncture is to tap into the body’s ability to heal itself. This is achieved by inserting very fine needles to specific points along energy channels or meridians on the body. These meridians allow the circulation of "chi"; which is thought of as an energetic force. Blockage of this energy flow or chi results in illness and the balance of the body is altered.

By stimulating these points the body’s own defense mechanism is activated and balance is restored. The body produces its own pain relieving chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural morphine that blocks pain messages from the body to the brain. This results in pain relief, relaxation of muscle spasm, general relaxation and restoration of the body’s own internal regulatory system (autonomic nervous system).

The improved energy and biomechanical balance stimulates the body’s natural healing ability, reduces inflammation and promotes physical and emotional wellbeing. Acupuncture is very effective in the treatment of many acute and chronic pain disorders.

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Acupuncture FAQ'S

What's the difference between traditional & modern acupuncture?

The differences are mainly theories about what is happening when one inserts an acupuncture needle into a patient. Some practical differences are that modern acupuncturists do not use traditional diagnostic methods such as the pulse or the appearance of the tongue. Modern acupuncturists may use only a few needles and it shows that doing acupuncture this way is as effective as using a lot of needles and leaving them in for longer.

What health issues can acupuncture treat?

The following ailments and injuries can been successfully treated:

  • Headaches
  • Acute sprains/strains
  • Pain from nerve entrapments (e.g Sciatica)
  • Repetitive strain disorders (e.g. carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinosis)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc/joint disease
  • Postoperative pain
  • Essential hypertension
  • Depression
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chronic pain

Does acupuncture hurt?

Some areas of the body are more sensitive to needle insertion then others but in general there is litle to no discomfort. If a person does feel pain or discomfort, it usually happens while the the needles are being manipulated which involves twisting or tapping the needle for a few seconds until there is a mild ache in the area. There can also be a pricking sensation when the needle is inserted, but people usually feel very little pain.