Acupuncture

Acupuncture Clinic - Mississauga

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient technique in which a skilled practitioner inserts hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to prevent or treat illness. Modern or medical acupuncture is based in combining traditional knowledge with modern science to give the best results for patients.
Acupuncture studies have shown, for example, that inserting needles into the skin stimulates nerves in the underlying muscles. This stimulation, researchers feel, sends impulses up the spinal cord to a relatively primitive part of the brain known as the limbic system, as well as to the midbrain and the pituitary gland. Somehow that signaling leads to the release of endorphins and monoamines, chemicals that block pain signals in the spinal cord and brain.

Acupuncture needles can feel uncomfortable at times, they rarely hurt. They are very thin (only about three times the thickness of a human hair and much finer than the hypodermic needles used to give injections) and are designed to enter the skin with little resistance. Once the needles are inserted (generally from one to 15 are used), the acupuncturist may twist them manually or send a weak electrical current through them to increase the energy flow. The needles are left in for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the ailment. Some practitioners also use moxibustion, which involves heating the needles or acupoint with a slowly burning herbal agent (primarily the dried herb mugwort) to hasten healing.

 
Acupuncture at MyHealth Care Centre

Our approach to acupuncture treatments at our clinic, is based on a large body of evidence is accumulating indicating that acupuncture leads to real physiologic changes in the body. Numerous studies have shown, for example, that inserting needles into the skin stimulates nerves in the underlying muscles. The stimulation of acupuncture, researchers feel, sends impulses up the spinal cord to a relatively primitive part of the brain known as the limbic system, as well as to the midbrain and the pituitary gland. Acupuncture treatment leads to the release of endorphins and monoamines, chemicals that block pain signals in the spinal cord and brain.

At MyHealth Care Centre, our acupuncturists are certified and have had years of experience. Our clinic utilizes sterilised, new, thin, surgical steel needles to treat our patients so there will be no contamination.Our most important goal is to allow individuals to live life pain free and have a good sense of control over their health. This in addition to the advanced techniques MyHealth Care Centre has to offer will allow patients to maximize their quality of life as well as allow them to experience life to their fullest.

Our mississauga acupuncture therapist understands acupuncture is a useful adjunct and acceptable treatment for a variety of conditions, call us today for your acupuncture appointment.

 

How long does it take to improve?

A course of treatment consists of 10-15 sessions (generally 12). We recommend that clients have the first 6 sessions twice a week and have the last 6 sessions once a week to get maximum result. This means that a full course of sessions takes 9 weeks to complete.

How often should I get acupuncture?

It varies depending on the therapeutic goals, it rangers from a one time intervention to effect a very specific neuro-modulatory response on a pain problem or functional symptom, to daily treatment for acute problems or for athletes during competition periods, with a regimen weekly or bi-weekly tratments for chronic conditions, to a more preventative intervention with monthly maintenance visits for systemic regulation tune-ups.

Conditions treated by medical acupuncture?

Medical acupuncture stays within modern science. The world health organization recognizes medical acupuncture and certain conditions that can be helped via structured treatment from a qualified practioner. Some of the conditions recommended by the World Health Organization.

Acupuncture Improves Arthritis Joint Pain

The leading causes of disability in the U.S. are arthritis and related rheumatic conditions, which cause joint pain and inflammation in sufferers. Arthritis results from immune system disorders or wearing down of the cartilage and tissues of the joints.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the prevalence of arthritis and chronic joint pain and stiffness may be higher than previously thought.

Questionnaires administered to randomly chosen adults in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico provided data on arthritis incidence. Arthritis prevalence was defined as doctor diagnosis; prevalence of chronic joint symptoms, or CJS, was determined when patients responded "yes" to "pain, aching, stiffness, or swelling in or around a joint" in the previous year during "most days for at least a month."

The overall prevalence of CJS/arthritis was 33%, or approximately 70 million adults. By categories, the percentages of American adults estimated to suffer from specific conditions were: arthritis (11%), CJS (10%) and both CJS and physician-diagnosed arthritis (12%).

Arthritis symptoms can affect anyone, particularly the elderly, women and those who are overweight and lead sedentary lives. The best way to avoid developing arthritis is to maintain a healthy diet and weight and get adequate sleep. Conservative treatments for arthritis include low-impact regular aerobic exercise, massage, acupuncture and heat and cold therapy.

Reference:

Bolen J, Helmick CG, et al. Prevalence of self-reported arthritis or chronic joint symptoms among adults - United States, 2001. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (CDC) 2002:51(42), pp. 948-950.

Medical Acupuncture Accreditation

The McMaster contemporary acupuncture for health professionals program provides graduates with a certificate for 300 CME hours category 1 by th e American Medical Association, a gold standard in postgraduate medical education in the US, Canada and many other western countries.

The American Board of Medical Acupuncture (AMBA) has recognized the program as meeting the educational standards to apply for board certifcation with the ABMA, and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture as meeting the standards required to apply for membership at this physician only association.

In Canada, the McMaster contemporary acupuncture program has been approved by the College of Family Physicians of Canada as meeting the accreditation criteria of 300 MAINPRO-M1 credits, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has accredited the program as an Accredited Group Learning Activity under Section 1 of the Framework of CPD options.

Acupuncture May Relieve Help Breast Cancer Patients

Hot flashes and night sweats, known as vasomotor symptoms, can be disruptive to breast cancer patients going through menopause. Medications such as venlafaxin may have other unpleasant side effects. Now, a recent study from Henry Ford Hospital has found that acupuncture may provide relief, but without unpleasant side effects.

Fifty women with breast cancer were divided into two treatment groups, on receiving 12 weeks of acupuncture and the other receiving 12 weeks of venlafaxin treatment.  While both groups initially showed a reduction in symptoms, the acupuncture group continued this two weeks after the end of treatment.

Clearly, acupuncture can provide non-invasive relief of troubling symptoms for patients already ill from breast cancer

Reference:

Walker EM, Rodriguez AI, Kohn B, et al. Acupuncture versus venlafaxine for the management of vasomotor symptoms in patients with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer: a randomized controlled trial. J Clin Oncol. 2010 Feb 1;28(4):634-40.

Can Acupuncture Treat My Eczema?

An estimated 15 million people in the United States suffer from eczema, which usually looks like dry, scaly red skin patches accompanied by intense itching. Standard treatment can include corticosteroids, which have some serious side effects.

Now, a group of German researchers may have an answer to provide relief from the itching.

Thirty people with eczema were treated with acupuncture right after being exposed to an allergen such as dust mites or pollen. It turned out that the subjects all reported lower levels of itchiness. Even more interesting, when they got a second exposure to the allergen, their flare-ups were less severe.

The researchers concluded: “Acupuncture at the correct points showed a significant reduction in type I hypersensitivity itch in patients with atopic eczema.”

Reference:

Pfab F, Huss-Marp J, Gatti A, et al. Influence of acupuncture on type I hypersensitivity itch and the wheal and flare response in adults with atopic eczema – a blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial. Allergy. [Epub ahead of print]

Acupuncture Effective for Severe Menstrual Cramps

Severe menstrual cramps, otherwise known as primary dysmenorrhea, is one of the most common gynecological complaints. It can affect as many as half of young women.

A recent study in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology might have an answer for this painful disorder in the form of acupuncture treatments. A group of Korean researchers looked at 27 studies done on acupuncture for dysmenorrhea, which involved a total of 3,000 women.

By comparing findings, they determined “promising evidence” for the use of acupuncture to treat dysmenorrhea, as compared to either herbal or pharmacological medicine.

Reference

Cho S-H, Hwang E-W. Acupuncture for primary dysmenorrhoea: a systematic review. BJOG 2010 Feb 17 [Epub ahead of print].

Insomniacs Have Alternative Choices

Tired of all the Lunesta and Ambient commercials keeping you up? Ads with glowing butterflies that are supposed to help you get a good night's rest, as long as you have a full eight hours to sleep and don't mind waking up groggy the next morning.

A recent study by the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) shows that over 1.6 million Americans use some form of complementary or alternative treatment to help with insomnia. Some of the more commonly used therapies included dietary supplements such as melatonin and valerian, meditation, acupuncture and yoga.

If you are having trouble sleeping at night and want to stay clear of the all the new sleep aides on the market, be sure to ask your chiropractor about other options that are available.

Reference:

Pearson N, Johnson L, Nahin R. Insomnia, Trouble Sleeping, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Analysis of the 2002 National Health Interview Survey Data. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2006;166:1775-1782.