Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system that has been around for over 2000 years. An acupuncturist views pain, illness and other symptoms as signs that the body is out of balance. The aim of acupuncture is to restore that balance.
An acupuncturist will use subtle diagnostic techniques to identify imbalances in the body. The focus of care is on you as an individual, not your illness.
When it comes to acupuncture, every client is unique. Two people with the same diagnosed health condition may receive different acupuncture treatments based on their symptoms and presentations.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncturists believe that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, is unable to flow freely.
Many factors can affect the flow of qi. The most common include emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection and injury.
An acupuncturist uses ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points. The goal is to re-establish the free flow of qi, which will then restore the balance and support your body’s natural healing response.
The modern scientific explanation for acupuncture’s benefits is a little different. It suggests that the needles are inserted into specific points that stimulate the nervous system. This releases your body’s natural feel-good chemicals into the brain, muscles and spine.
These chemicals may alter the experience of pain or trigger other chemicals and hormones that support your body’s natural healing process.
Why is acupuncture more relevant than ever?
Until recently, modern medicine would simply treat physical ailments, with little attention paid to the emotional and mental health.
But medical research is just catching up with what Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have known for millennial: physical, mental and emotional health are integrated. Acupuncture considers all aspects of wellness during treatment, making it a more holistic approach to well-being.
At Burnett House, our acupuncturist Jamie offers care that incorporates traditional acupuncture with remedial massage. This combination of ancient wisdom and modern techniques can be beneficial for a variety of health concerns.
Jamie employs this integrative approach for clients with pain management issues including back pain, frozen shoulder and headaches. He also enjoys working with women’s health issues including infertility, IVF support, menopause and hormonal imbalances.