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Acupuncture is a treatment technique in which fine needles are inserted into specific points of the body. Although the origins of Acupuncture are lost in antiquity, the use and development of Acupuncture occurred as a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, disease (dis-ease), pain and dysfunction occurs as a result of an imbalance in the flow of energy in the body. TCM describes this flow of energy as travelling along meridians in the body. A meridian may have too much energy, or too little energy. This imbalance of energy causes a disruption of the body’s function. The insertion of the needles serves to restore the energy balance and normalize flow of energy along the meridians. There are many different methods of applying the principles of Acupuncture. Needles may be inserted and quickly removed, they may be left in place for a length of time or TENS may be added. The needles are made of stainless steel and have no medication on them.Acupuncture points are also stimulated using finger pressure, low level laser or heat.Acupuncture is a relatively painless treatment technique with few adverse effects. Some individuals experience discomfort with needle insertion, this discomfort usually passes quickly. Pregnant women need to be treated cautiously. At Plessis Physiotherapy, Acupuncture is performed by a licensed Physiotherapist certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI). Strict adherence to the guidelines established by AFCI is always maintained. Only single use, disposable needles are used and the areas to be treated are swabbed with a disinfectant.
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