Inserting Fine Needles At Specific Points On The Body
Acupuncture is rapidly transitioning from an alternative method used only in Traditional Chinese Medicine to a therapeutic treatment choice of Western healthcare practitioners. “Classical” acupuncture was developed in China thousands of years ago. “Anatomical” acupuncture originated in the 1970s. It is based on anatomy and physiology. Many physiotherapists, chiropractors, medical doctors and other Western healthcare practitioners are incorporating acupuncture into their practices because of the many research articles that support the use of acupuncture.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. There should be very minimal discomfort with the insertion. Each needle is single-use and individually wrapped. A solution is used to clean the skin prior to insertion.
Acupuncture points stimulate the body to produce its own pain-relieving chemicals and also to block pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain. Therefore, acupuncture can be a very effective mechanism for diminishing acute or chronic pain. Often, with the addition of acupuncture, one is able to decrease or eliminate pain medications, although this is only advisable in consultation with a family doctor.
Neuroanatomical acupuncture is also helpful in stimulating receptors in the muscles, nerves and joints. It could help treat most conditions in the muscles, joints and nerves anywhere in the body (head, face, neck, back, abdomen, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, foot). Acupuncture has also been known to help improve energy, relaxation, anxiety and sleep. It works by balancing out the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
In the first session, a detailed medical history will be taken. Acupuncture is contraindicated in people with active cancer, certain blood conditions, immune-compromised conditions and certain points with pregnancy. Extra caution would be taken in people with certain medical conditions; however, acupuncture is relatively risk-free.
With an accurate diagnosis, over 80% of people respond well with a noticeable improvement! Some effects are immediate, while others take a few hours and some effects take longer. Acupuncture can be very beneficial in combination with other physiotherapy techniques and exercises.
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Neuroanatomical acupuncture is offered at our Warman location by Jessica Penner.
INITIAL ACUPUNCTURE ASSESSMENT
May include any of the following:
- Detailed history-taking to screen for any contraindications or precautions
- Discussion of present complaint/reason for pursuing acupuncture
- Objective physical examination
- Explanation of the application of acupuncture (including benefits and risks)
- Suggestion of other options that may not have been considered that may work well as an adjunct to acupuncture
If everything checks out appropriately, application of first acupuncture session will take place. Try not to skip a meal or have an unusually large portion prior to or following the session. Avoid increased consumption of caffeine or cigarettes four hours prior to the session. Do not consume alcohol or other sedatives. After the session, try to be restful for one hour. Do not partake in strenuous activity.
FOLLOW-UP ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT
May include any of the following:
- Discussion/comparing signs and symptoms from previous session
- Re-testing ROM, etc.
- Making sure client is relaxed, comfortable and safe to proceed
- Application of needles
Try not to skip a meal or have an unusually large portion prior to or following treatment. Avoid increased consumption of caffeine or cigarettes four hours prior to the session. Do not consume alcohol or other sedatives. After the session, try to be restful for one hour. Do not partake in strenuous activities.
GROUP PRESENTATIONS/EDUCATION SESSIONS
Cost varies depending on circumstances. Estimate will be provided when details are discussed.
Timeline is dependent on topic and group needs.
Group will provide the location.
- PowerPoint presentations
- Informational sessions
For more information:
Please call Jessica Penner @ 306-260-3209 or email firstname.lastname@example.org