Acupuncture FAQ: Top 5 Questions Answered
Acupuncture is a traditional Eastern medicine for treating pain and other health conditions that has become very popular with Western medical practitioners in the last decade. If you are suffering from chronic pain, are struggling to heal after a recent accident injury, or are experiencing another health problem, you may be wondering if acupuncture is the right choice for your health needs. Below, our chiropractor in Toronto Dr. Dower answers five of your most frequently asked questions about acupuncture treatments.
#1: Is acupuncture an effective treatment for pain?
Acupuncture is a holistic method for treating and managing chronic pain, including neck pain, low back pain, headaches, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. Acupuncture is also a successful treatment method for conditions such as tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome.
#2: What should I expect during an acupuncture treatment?
Most patients benefiting from acupuncture in Toronto have sessions that last between 15 and 30 minutes. Our treatment room is a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. At the beginning of the treatment session, you will lie down on a comfortable table. Dr. Dower will then place thin, stainless steel needles in specific pressure points along the body. These points will correspond with your back pain, neck pain or other health problems. Many of our patients find treatment so relaxing that they actually fall asleep during a treatment session. After a treatment, we encourage patients to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Many of our patients benefit from a series of treatment sessions over several weeks.
#3: Is Dr. Dower qualified to provide acupuncture care?
Yes, our chiropractor in Toronto has successfully completed his studies at the McMaster University Medical Acupuncture Program. This program teaches practitioners to follow an evidence-based approach to traditional Chinese medicine. Dr. Dower is trained to create custom treatment programs for managing back pain, neck pain and other chronic pain conditions. These programs naturally complement our chiropractic adjustments.
#4: How do acupuncture treatments complement chiropractic care?
Acupuncture, like chiropractic care, is designed to enhance a patient’s whole body health and follow parallel wellness philosophies. Both treatment techniques manage pain by addressing the underlying triggers for pain, rather than relying on medication to “cover up” pain symptoms. Acupuncture treats signs of imbalance within the body, while chiropractic care treats signs of imbalance within the nervous and skeletal systems. Both acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments aim to correct these imbalances, bringing harmony to the body’s systems. The two treatment techniques work well together or on their own, depending on a patient’s pain management and wellness needs.
#5: Is acupuncture safe?
Absolutely! Our chiropractor in Toronto uses only single-use, stainless steel needles. Dr. Dower follows evidence-based care guidelines and creates comprehensive treatment programs for each patient. Our goal with acupuncture in Toronto treatments is to address the underlying cause for your pain and discomfort – rather than simply relying on medication to cover up pain symptoms. By addressing the underlying causes for pain and health problems, our acupuncture treatments promote whole body health from the inside out.