Acupuncture is a safe and versatile treatment method that can be used to treat almost any symptom or disease.  Acupuncture is a 3000 year old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine with documented and publicized safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions.  

Acupuncture works by improving the body’s function and balance by promoting natural self-healing processes through the stimulation of specific anatomical sites called “acupoints.”  The most common method used to stimulate these acupoints is the insertion of very fine, sterile, single-use needles into the skin, Acupuncture.  Other methods utilize pressure, suction, heat, and electrical stimulation to further enhance the effects needed at these acupoints based on the underlying conditions and disease.  Additional or alternative acupoint stimulation techniques include Cupping, Laser Acupuncture, Manual Tuina Massage, and Moxibustion Heat Therapy.   Acupuncture has played a significant role in the medical mainstream in many other countries for centuries, and thankfully is now starting to gain momentum and acceptance in North America as well.  Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of Acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, frozen shoulder, sciatica, sprains and strains etc) to migraines, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, autoimmune conditions, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, infertility – the list is truly endless.  

Here at the Institute of Movement, we are well versed and happy to offer both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Neuromuscular based Acupuncture styles depending on what it is that requires treatment.  Most conditions that enter the clinic are often related to musculoskeletal and/or neurological dysfunction and pain.  With our clinic’s multidisciplinary approach, Acupuncture often plays an important role in furthering pain relief and increasing the effectiveness and longevity of relief from Chiropractic treatments.  These two modalities work exquisitely in concert as Acupuncture is able to deescalate extremely tight muscles prior to Chiropractic treatment, and can be utilized following treatment to further encourage muscles to remain in their relaxed state longer and preserve the therapeutic corrections.  Most commonly however, Acupuncture treatments are used intermittently between Chiropractic treatments to best manage musculoskeletal/neurological issues for long term relief, and start healing the multitude of other imbalances and symptoms occurring simultaneously within the body that often prevent optimal healing.  

Musculoskeletal issues and pain problems often serve as an introduction for patients into the fascinating breadth of complaints that can be alleviated with Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Chinese Medicine is actually an entirely independent and complete diagnostic and therapeutic system of its own.  Through this platform we can provide an entirely different lens to identify all of the symptoms that each unique patient may be suffering from, as well as assess the functional ability of each organ system and their capacity to operate together to produce wellness.  This can provide a refreshing outlook on disease and dysfunction, while playing a powerful role in encouraging the body to attain wellness and high-functioning whole health.  People often accept their ailments as “their normal” but most do not realize that this does not have to be the case.  Chronic IBS, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, insomnia or difficulty sleeping, headaches, migraines, weight gain, fatigue/exhaustion, neuropathies, depression, anxiety, to name a few…. are all things that can be healed and removed from your day to day living.  Addressing whole health extensively is also the best way to ensure the most effective and efficient recovery from injury and disease, as well as promote long term health and wellness to have you living and enjoying your best life. 

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