Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to help treat various health conditions.
Developed millennia ago in China, numerous recent studies conducted by scientists in Europe and the United States have found that acupuncture is at least moderately effective in treating pain and nausea.
Physiotherapists have extensive knowledge in human anatomy and bio mechanics and understand how these components play a role in pathology and injury. They will assess and treat your condition and provide you with information and tools to help you maintain your well-being, mobility, strength and independence.
For example, one of the largest studies to date on acupuncture and chronic pain — a meta-analysis of 29 well-conducted studies involving nearly 18,000 patients and published in October 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine — found that acupuncture is effective for treating chronic pain and therefore is a reasonable referral option. The doctors wrote that “significant differences between true and sham acupuncture indicate that acupuncture is more than a placebo” but added that “these differences are relatively modest.”