What Is Acupuncture?

Here's what you need to know.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of physiotherapy, and it is still widely practiced today. Once a form of Eastern medicine that was unique to physicians who specialized in traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese acupuncture has grown greatly in popularity, especially over the past century, and has been recognized within Western medical research as a highly effective tool for supporting injury recovery, mobility issues, and in treating persistent pain.

How Does It Work?

Acupuncture works by inserting fine, sterile needles into specific points along the body. The theory behind acupuncture and the placement of acupuncture needles is that these points correspond to energy meridians throughout the human body. When these acupuncture meridians are blocked, they prevent energy flow and cause pain or illness.

By providing gentle stimulation to these points, an increase in blood flow to the affected area occurs, restoring the body’s natural healing abilities. Acupuncture is one of a wide variety of alternative therapies that reflect a holistic approach to treating the entire body and improving one's quality of life.

What Is Acupuncture Used For?

How acupuncture helps you:

One highly effective use is the treatment of muscle tension. There are many reasons why muscle tension may become a personal health issue. In some situations, muscle tension will develop after extreme bouts of emotional stress, but other causes are more physical. A sports injury or a car accident can cause a muscle to become tense, especially following a larger injury. Other times, repeated motions can cause muscle tension to develop. This includes regular lifting, typing, and other household tasks.

Acupuncture can also help with a wide range of other health concerns including:

  • Chronic pain caused by conditions such as osteoarthritis and neuritis
  • Poor blood flow
  • Hot flashes
  • Joint pain
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Knee pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Neck pain
  • Facial paralysis
  • Shin splints
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Movement disorders
  • Muscle pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Mental health issues

Common Symptoms

Our acupuncturists can help you:

While an especially common complaint in the lower back and neck, muscle tension can develop anywhere. Many people turn to medicinal pain management to ease tension in the muscles, but this is not a long-term solution, and many pain management medications have unpleasant side effects that make taking them long-term unwise or even impossible. Muscle tightness is something of a vicious cycle.

It both causes pain on its own, and further results in other parts of the body tensing up in anticipation of that pain. Many patients find acupuncture helpful for both decreasing pain and relaxing the body overall. Working with an Amped physiotherapist in Ottawa ON to address muscle tension is the most effective way to take long-term action in overcoming this concern.



What are the health conditions that you see?

We see patients with a range of conditions, such as people with chronic pain, muscle aches, tight muscles, low energy levels, some neurological disorders, and people who are concerned about their sleep quality.


Why choose Amped Physiotherapy in Ottawa?

We offer affordable treatment plans at our physiotherapy clinic in Ottawa. Our team has been in this field for many years, and we know how important it is to find a qualified physiotherapist who understands the benefits of acupuncture. We also understand that finding a reliable health professional can be difficult. 

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