Western Medical Acupuncture
Christopher Stuart, RMT, attended McMaster university for contemporary neurofunctional acupuncture and, when requested or indicated, uses it as a treatment modality along with other therapeutic approaches.
This form of acupuncture is quite similar to the traditional approach, as the same small, thin needles are placed in specific points on the body for an extended period of time and removed. Contemporary Medical Acupuncture differs slightly from the Traditional Chinese Medicine form of acupuncture in that it tends to be mechanism-based, not disease-based.
Acupuncture is the method of treatment based on influencing the body by inserting needles in the specific points of the human body, called acupoints
How Does Contemporary Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture produces many of its effects by stimulating nerve receptors in skin and muscle. Various substances are released that cause an increase of local blood flow that encourages tissue healing. The contemporary scientific explanation of acupuncture is that needling certain points in the body stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the brain, spinal cord and muscles. These chemicals will change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and by promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Can Acupuncture Help You?
Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment or as an adjunct to other therapeutic interventions. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of:
Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, neck and back pain, sports injuries, sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis and facial pain
Digestive disorders: irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhea and gastritis
Menstrual and reproductive problems: dysmenorrhea and perimenopausal symptoms
Urinary tract disorders: prostatitis and bladder dysfunction
Respiratory problems: sinusitis, asthma, sore throat and recurrent respiratory tract infections
Stress and psycho-emotional problems
One of the strengths of contemporary acupuncture is its safety compared with other treatments interventions. Serious side effects are very rare. Only single use, sterile, disposable needles are used.
-Sports related injuries and movement disorders
-Musculoskeletal pain problems
-Stress related problems