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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of treatment from ancient Chinese medicine which involves penetration of the skin with thin needles at specific anatomical parts of the body to relieve symptoms such as pain and any type of discomfort. 

Acupuncture is done by placing needles on the area where you have pain, and are called “acupuncture points” which then stimulate the sensory nerves under the skin and the muscles. The stimulation of the sensory nerves will allow for the endorphin release which helps for chronic pain relief. 

During your session, the practitioner will ask you to be in a comfortable position either lying or sitting down. You are also asked to expose the area so that the practitioner can access certain acupuncture points of the body where needles need to be placed. The practitioner will always choose the specific acupuncture points based on your complaints or condition; several points may be used in one treatment session. 
The needles used in acupuncture treatments are very thin and a few centimetres long. Once the practitioner places them, the needles are left in a position for approximately a few minutes up to 30 minutes. You might experience some tingling or dull pain but should not be experiencing any pain. If you do, please communicate directly with the practitioner. 

Practitioners Offering Acupuncture in Hamilton

Benefits & Potential Risks of Acupuncture

Benefits of Acupuncture:

  • Relieves Pain Reduces stress or anxiety

  • Increases blood flow to the area being treated

  • Increases your ability to do the activities of daily living (ADLs)

  • Promotes tissue extensibility

  • Decreases the ability of the muscles to tighten

Common short-term side effects of Acupuncture may include**:

  • Pain where the acupuncture needle is placed

  • Bleeding or Bruising

  • Dizziness and Fainting 

  • Fatigue 

  • Too much Energy


** You may experience one or more of the symptoms listed. However, people’s bodies are different in terms of responding to the treatment. These symptoms after the acupuncture treatment do not apply to everybody. ** 

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