For those recovering from sports injuries or surgery, rehabilitation is critical to improve outcome, relieve pain and get you back to optimal performance. In addition to your standard physical therapy and massage therapy, consider adding acupuncture or intramuscular stimulation (IMS) to your recovery plan. Continue reading to find out what acupuncture can do for you.
What is acupuncture?
Western medical acupuncture is an adaptation from Chinese medicine using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and evidence based medicine. It involves the insertion of fine needles into the skin to stimulate the nervous system.
Acupuncture acts by stimulating the nervous system, and its known modes of action include local, peripheral, and central nervous system effects. It is mainly used for treatment of musculoskeletal pain, myofascial trigger point pain, and postoperative pain.
An extension of acupuncture is intramuscular stimulation (IMS). Using acupuncture type needles, IMS is used by therapists to treat acute and chronic pain as well as movement impairments. This is achieved by targeting directly the trigger points that cause and refer pain. It is a very effective treatment of pain in its acute form.
Sheddon’s team of qualified practitioners will improve your optimal health
Sheddon’s Sports Medicine Acupuncture Providers treat various conditions including:
- Pain due to spinal nerve entrapments
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder & neck pain
- Knee pain
- Post-operative pain
- Musculoskeletal pain
- General pain management and relief
Common questions about acupuncture
1. Is acupuncture treatment covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)?
Unfortunately the OHIP does not cover acupuncture, but many extended health care plans will cover acupuncture and IMS services provided by chiropractors and physiotherapists.
2. Does acupuncture hurt?
The needles used for acupuncture are very thin and the majority of people feel little to no pain when inserted. While some people feel a temporary soreness, many feel energized or relaxed after their treatment. Due to the nature of trigger point release using needles (for IMS), this treatment method can cause more soreness post treatment. This generally lasts 24-48 hours but the benefits can be substantial.
Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic has a team of committed acupuncture providers and physical therapists who offer personalized care to people or athletes that are recovering from injuries or surgeries. We serve the Oakville, Milton, Mississauga, and Burlington areas and will coordinate with your work, coaches, trainers, and fitness instructions to speed up your recovery. Contact us for more information.