How Does Acupunture Work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating points along the meridian channel system of the body. When thin sterilized needles are inserted into these acupuncture points, they help correct the flow of energy to restore health.

By easing pressure on these energy-carrying channels, the needles correct the body’s Qi imbalances by allowing energy to flow more freely. Meridian points also coincide with the major nerve centres. The needles stimulate the nerves, causing them to release feel-good chemicals known as endorphins.

People in pain often have low levels of endorphins. The release of those endorphins can suppress the sensation of pain. The points are also located near the trigger points and these spots are the on the body where pain radiates away from the centre when pressed. Acupuncture may ease the stress on trigger points thereby lessening pain in that area.

Acupuncture for pain management

Research studies consistently show that acupuncture can be an effective form of pain management. Some studies find Acupuncture even more effective than pain-relieving drugs or surgery.

At Care Plus Physiotherapy, acupuncture may be used initially during the acute phase to decrease the pain as well as in preparation for, or in addition to, physiotherapy or chiropractic care.

In the case of pain management, acupuncture to the affected area increases blood flow. The Acupuncture increase oxygenation and nutrient supply in order to aid tissue repair within an injured tendon.

It has none of the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs or surgery. Acupuncture is often equally or more effective, especially when used in conjunction with other forms of body work.

Acupuncture is effective in treating:


Digestive Disorders

Women’s health issues

Auto-Immune Disorders