Acupuncture Thunder Bay
Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain-relieving neurotransmitters. These help to block pathways that can relay pain messages from the body to the brain. This will then help to relieve pain, help with general relaxation and help with biochemical restoration of the body’s internal regulation systems.
Acupuncture also stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, regulates the nervous system and increases local circulation to the area of injury. Overall, acupuncture will help to reduce inflammation, to decrease pain, to promote tissue healing and to optimize nerve and muscle function.
Fanti + Associates, Physiotherapists use only sterile, single use needles for every acupuncture application. It is a safe and gentle modality that is often used in combination with other treatment techniques (i.e. manual therapy, exercise prescription).
Most of our patients report minimal discomfort and are usually quite relaxed during treatment. Typical sensations that have been reported during treatments may include warmth, light pressure, tingling and occasionally, a very mild dull ache.
Some patients report immediate relief with the very first treatment, and a few may not have any response to repeated treatments. In general, our patients should expect the greatest benefit over a course of 4-8 acupuncture sessions. Before any acupuncture session, your therapist will review and risks and benefits of this treatment technique.
Our physiotherapists have received specialized training and certification in acupuncture for physical rehabilitation.
They incorporate specific acupuncture points into their physiotherapy treatment sessions if they believe it will benefit the patient (and the patient consents to it). These services are reimbursable under “physiotherapy” under extended health insurance plans.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions including (but not limited to):
- Low back pain
- Whiplash Associated disorders
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome