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Acupuncture in Thunder Bay

What is Acupuncture?

acupuncture needlesAcupuncture is a health care system that uses special needles to help the body heal, reduce or eliminate pain and improve overall functioning. It’s been in existence for over 5,000 years.

Ultra-thin needles are gently inserted into specific sites on the body. These body locations are part of a network of points called “meridians”.

How can Acupuncture benefit me?

Acupuncture is a drug-free method used to treat the ailments that can disrupt our everyday life. This includes back pain, muscle pain, sports injuries, headaches and many, many other conditions. Often acupuncture has a calming or relaxing effect, which many patients regard as a very pleasant side effect of treatment.

Is Acupuncture painful?

It’s a surprise to most people when they realize how very thin acupuncture needles actually are: the diameter of a human hair.

Generally, when inserted by a skilled practitioner, there is little or no discomfort. Frequently patients ask if the needles have been placed yet, because they can’t feel them! Occasionally people sense heaviness or sharpness at the insertion site, which quickly goes away. In the majority of cases the experience is relaxing, often leading to patients falling asleep.

If you’re nervous at all about acupuncture, we’ll simply insert just one thin needle to start so that you can see for yourself how pleasant the experience can be.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe. It’s performed with sterilized needles that are used only one time. Dr. Gleeson’s extensive training and experience insures that your experience will be effective with no major side effects. Occasionally there may be very slight bleeding or bruising, but these effects are generally very mild and don’t affect any activities of daily living.

What conditions does Acupuncture treat?

  • Arthritis
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Neck pain
  • Hip pain
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle tension
  • Sports injury
  • Tendonitis: tennis elbow/golfers elbow

How long will it take to make a difference?

This depends entirely on your health problem. An acute (sudden) condition may be greatly improved by just a single treatment, or, may take a series of visits. Chronic (long standing) problems may require more treatments.

Often a program of six to eight sessions can cause very positive changes, after which a re-assessment is performed.

Specific Benefits of Acupuncture

  • Decreased swelling
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Breakdown of scar tissue
  • Improved immune system function
  • General relaxation
  • Improved sleep
  • Decrease in pain
  • Release of endorphins “feel good hormones”
  • Improvement in basic nervous system functioning

Call Outback Chiropractic Clinic today to learn more about acupuncture and how it can help you!

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Thunder Bay Acupuncture | (807) 768-2225