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Contemporary Medical Acupuncture

Q: What is it?

A: Medical acupuncture is a precise needling technique that targets the nervous system to help it function optimally, recover from injury or tissue trauma and improve performance on the neuromuscular system.

Contemporary medical acupuncture has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine, but is adapted for modern clinical practice.

Q: How does it work?

A: Medical acupuncture helps stimulate nerves and muscles that are not firing correctly. The needling technique also helps increase blood flow and speeds up the body’s natural healing process – delivering oxygen, healing cells, & endorphins.

Q: Does it hurt?

A: It should not! Some people say they do not feel it at all (the needles are 1/4 of a mm thick).

You should only experience a mild sensation, if anything. A mild aching sensation is common. There may be minor bruising or bleeding at the site where the needles enter the skin.

Q: What to expect after the session:

A: Most people report feeling very relaxed, some feel more energy. There is a reduction of pain and other symptoms often after the very first visit, but it may take 2-3 visits for the relief to set in.


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What is Contemporary Medical Acupuncture?

McMaster University teaches Contemporary Medical Acupuncture as an advanced evidence-based and neurofunctional approach to treating pain and movement dysfunction using acupuncture. In this intervention, a thorough history and functional movement assessment is first completed. Then, selected acupuncture points are based on the target muscles, nerves, and joints. The needles are gently stimulated with electrical current to further stimulate the area of the issue. Neurofunctional Acupuncture is integrated with other therapeutic interventions provided by our therapists. Acupuncture is effective in treating a variety of conditions such as headaches, back and neck pain, tennis/golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff injuries, ankle injuries.