Contemporary Acupuncture in Hamilton
In contemporary acupuncture, your practitioner (physician, physiotherapist, athletic therapist, etc.) treats you only after a conventional medical diagnosis has been made. The practitioner will use acupuncture as a treatment modality along with other therapeutic approaches as needed. The contemporary acupuncture practitioner applies treatment following a conventional (scientific) view and regards the acupuncture as having certain local tissue effects as well as providing an analgesic effect and central regulatory effects on the central nervous system.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture produces many of its effects by stimulating nerve receptors in the skin and muscles. The result is increased local blood flow that encourages tissue healing. The contemporary scientific explanation is that needling certain points in the body stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the brain, spinal cord and muscles. These chemicals will change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influences the body’s own internal regulating system and stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
The most common question that our clients ask us is “does acupuncture hurt?” Surprisingly the answer is no! The needles used by your practitioner are very fine (about the diameter of a single strand of hair) and very sharp. Most people report that they don’t feel the needles at all and find the experience to be very relaxing. Having an acupuncture treatment is not at all like getting an injection at your doctor’s office or having your blood taken for testing.