Melissa Plumb, Physiotherapist & Acupuncturist
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain, and reduce inflammation while improving function in affected areas of the body. Acupuncture is safe and effective, and is often successfully used either alone or in combination with other treatments. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile (one time use disposable) needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance, and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort. Acupuncture originated in traditional Chinese medicine over 2000 years ago, and has been studied in western medicine since the mid-1970's. "Anatomical" acupuncture refers to a more modern approach taken today by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and other western-trained acupuncture therapists. When combined with knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, modern therapies can use acupuncture effectively.
Some of the conditions treated: