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What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used for centuries by the Chinese to treat disease and injury.  It works by inserting fine needles into specific mapped out points in the body.  Traditional Acupuncturists inserted needles into a specific area of the body to restore the balance of energy.  They believe that injury is a result of an imbalance of energy.  Anatomical Acupuncture is now frequently used by Western medical professionals.  It is a combination of traditional Acupuncture with the Western knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology. 

From a Physiotherapy perspective, it is useful in decreasing acute and chronic pain, decreasing inflammation, and initiating your healing response.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted February 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Very short but precise explanation of acupuncture. Though it was a traditional method to heal injuries or diseases, it is soon gaining momentum. Yes, acupuncture treatment can do those things which may even surgery may not be able to do.

  2. Posted May 5, 2016 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Someone suggested that I do acupuncture to help with headaches, and I had no idea what they were talking about. Thank you for this explanation. I was surprised to see that it could be helpful in so many different situation. I’m interested in learning more about how it decreases inflammation. Thanks for the information!

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