Acupuncture in Etobicoke - Use Time-Honoured Techniques to Heal

From past to present there are many cultures that embrace the belief that balancing energy is an integral part of maintaining a healthy equilibrium. There are many different names for this energy like chi, prana or life force however they all equate to the energy that is thought to run inside and amongst all things. Many ancient medical treatments administer to this life force seeking to promote and sustain the healthy energy that the body and mind need to preserve a natural state of well-being. One of these energy-based healing techniques is acupuncture. Originating in China, acupuncture is more than two thousand years old.
How does acupuncture work?
Specialized acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin at precise locations on the body in order to produce a salutary result. Disposable acupuncture needles are crafted of stainless steel and are filamentary; almost as thin as a human hair. These needles are constructed so that they glide into the skin rather than pierce it. The locations on the body known as acupuncture points are different areas that correlate to internal neural structures. Ancient Chinese theory dictates that this practice is to help remove blockages in the energy pathways while more modern theory suggests that insertion of the needles into specific acupressure points result in the release of neurotransmitters, neurohormones and neuropeptides (like endorphins and serotonin) that will help ease pain and promote healing.
How does a Registered Massage Therapist use acupuncture?
The acupuncture that is taught to regulated health care professionals like chiropractors and registered massage therapists is known as ‘contemporary medical acupuncture' and the training of these professionals starts with their already extensive knowledge of the human body. The health care professional that is qualified to practice contemporary medical acupuncture understands that this type of therapy is meticulous and relies particularly on their expertise with anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
There are also different types of acupuncture that can be researched, for instance auricular acupuncture focuses on points in the ear rather than traditional acupuncture that utilizes points all over the body.
Contemporary medical acupuncture, when used in conjunction with traditional massage therapy has been shown to be quite successful especially where there has been a debilitation to range of motion due to inhibited muscles is concerned. Another option to explore is the availability of complementary treatments. These techniques can be incorporated into the therapy depending on the condition being addressed and the range of services offered by the practitioner. Some of these techniques include:
  • Electro-acupuncture. This is the use of small electrical currents conducted through the acupuncture needles to enhance treatment;
  • Moxibustion. This technique uses an herb called Artemesia Vugaris (also referred to as mugwort) to apply heat to an acupuncture point by either being smudged over a specific area of the body or placed directly onto the handle of the acupuncture needle so that the heat penetrates more effectively; and
  • Cupping. Glass cups are suctioned onto the body and left for a short period of time.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
A few of the many conditions that can be treated with acupuncture are summarized below:
  • Ear, eye, nose and throat disorders like constant sinus problems, hay fever, certain allergies and symptoms of vertigo;
  • Gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, colitis, constipation, diarrhea and bloating of the abdomen;
  • Gynecological and genitourinary issues like premenstrual syndrome, menstruation ailments and prostatitis;
  • Neurological disorders such as MS, cerebral palsy and stroke; and
  • Respiratory disorders like asthma, influenza cold and chronic bronchitis.
Acupuncture has also been used to help with post-operative and chemotherapy-related nausea, as well as a pain management treatment for conditions like lower back pain, sciatica, muscular strains, sprains and injury and severe headaches.
Researching different treatments like acupuncture is a great place to begin a journey towards better health and a registered massage therapist is an excellent source of information.
Royal York Massage Therapy
4887 Dundas St. West
Etobicoke, ON M9A 1B2
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