Provided by Natalie Richer, Physiotherapist

Acupuncture is an ancient, safe and effective alternative to medication, and in some cases, surgery.  It stimulates the release of endorphins – through the insertion of needles into specific anatomical points (acupuncture points) to encourage natural healing.

Therapeutic effects include: Pain relief, increased energy, improved mood as well as but not limited to improved body function

Acupuncture needles are rounded at the tip, thereby allowing them to slide smoothly through the tissue and are unlikely to cause bleeding.  Needles are left in place for anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes during which time, Natalie, may manipulate the needles in order to stimulate the acupuncture point.

There are different modalities that do not require the use of needles.  Related techniques include acupressure which includes the application of pressure on acupuncture points using thumbs or fingers.  Electrical or laser stimulation may also be used.

For more information on acupuncture, please visit the following link and click on Acupuncture 101: