Acupuncture in Sudbury

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used in China for more than 2,000 years. In the 1950’s acupuncture began to re-emerge and be integrated into Western medicine especially after it was discovered that acupuncture affected neurotransmitters that could block pain signals.

In the past 25 years there has been a very rapid growth of scientific research and discovery that validates the effectiveness of acupuncture in pain control and healing.

Ron McMahon is a registered physiotherapist that has been performing acupuncture treatments on patients for the past 20 years. He was trained by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) in 1993 and continues with advanced acupuncture education with the AFCI that is based on the latest scientific evidence. The neuro-anatomical method is used which uses a more modern approach that combines knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to make acupuncture more effective.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture stimulates the body to release its own pain relieving chemicals called “endorphins”. These chemicals mimic morphine by attaching to opiate receptors found throughout the nervous system. This blocks the pathways that relay pain messages to the brain resulting in pain relief, relaxation and biochemical restoration of the body’s systems. As a result, healing is improved, inflammation is reduced and the patient notices improved physical energy and emotional well-being.

How is Acupuncture used Today?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified the benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems including:

  • neurologic and muscular disorders such as headaches, neck and back pain, neuralgia, frozen shoulder, tendonitis, tennis elbow, sciatica, arthritis, TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia, post herpetic neuralgia, chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and fibromyalgia
  • respiratory disorders
  • digestive disorders
  • urinary, menstrual and reproductive disorders
  • addiction and insomnia

Are there any Adverse Effects or Risks to the Treatment?

One of the most striking aspects of acupuncture is the almost complete absence of adverse effects and complications from its use. Most patients find the treatments relaxing with very minimal discomfort.

Only sterile disposable needles are used preventing the risk of infection. There is no possibility of the transmission of the AIDS or hepatitis virus. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and are made of surgical stainless steel. Four acupuncture needles would fit into the barrel of a regular hollow needle that is used for injections.

Do I have to believe in Acupuncture for it to Work?

No. Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to be a safe and effective treatment for decreasing pain and accelerating healing. Many hospitals in North America are incorporating Integrative Medicine programs that include acupuncture as part of the patient’s treatment protocol.


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