Acupuncture Treatments In Toronto
Are you dealing with chronic pain that’s making life more difficult?
Has the stress of daily life become just too, well, stressful?
Do you have trouble falling asleep at night, or staying asleep?
If so, these are just some of the conditions acupuncture can help with.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture as we know it today is more than 2,000 years old. The oldest known reference to it is in a Chinese health manual written somewhere between the 5th century BCE and the 1st century CE.
As ancient as it is though, modern clinical evidence and a large and growing body of peer-reviewed scientific research show acupuncture to be an effective treatment for a range of different health conditions.
During an acupuncture treatment, your acupuncturist will administer tiny needles at specific points along your body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine terms, this works by improving the flow of qi, or energy, along the meridian channels of your body. In terms of what benefits this can have for your body, regular acupuncture treatment can balance your nervous system, enhance your immunity, and reduce inflammation.
Acupuncture For Chronic Pain
Acupuncture has been studied most extensively for its effectiveness in pain management.
A 2012 meta-analysis of studies involving more than 18,000 patients found it was effective as a treatment method for chronic pain.
If you’re dealing with chronic pain, whether from fibromyalgia, a previous injury, repetitive stress, or something else, acupuncture has been shown to be effective.
Acupuncture For Stress & Anxiety
Most people who get acupuncture treatment say the experience is very relaxing. That alone can help reduce stress and anxiety. But there’s more to it than that.
Acupuncture treatment can release endorphins, regulate your heart rate, and even manage your levels of stress hormones, including cortisol.
A number of studies show the effectiveness of acupuncture for a variety of stress concerns. One study in 2017 showed it to be effective in reducing the stress of college students, while another study in 2018 showed improvements in PTSD symptoms from military veterans.
Acupuncture For Insomnia
Just like with stress, the relaxing nature of an acupuncture treatment may help improve your sleep.
But more than just being relaxing, acupuncture has been proven to stimulate your body’s production of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone made by your pineal gland which is associated with sleep. Your body produces more melatonin in the evening, telling you when to fall asleep.
So regular acupuncture treatments can help re-balance your sleep cycles, helping you fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.
Acupuncture For Fertility
If you’re dealing with fertility problems, acupuncture can help you.
Because getting pregnant can be a stressful time, acupuncture’s stress-relieving properties can help you through the process. The decrease in stress hormones can make a significant difference in being able to conceive, and acupuncture can also increase blood flow, which may help increase fertility.
Studies have shown acupuncture can be helpful with those undergoing in-vitro fertilization as well.
There are a number of other health concerns for which acupuncture may help:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tennis elbow or other repetitive strain injuries
- Weight loss
- Substance abuse
- Digestive disorders
- Pregnancy and post-partum care
- Menstrual concerns or menopause
Side Effects Of Acupuncture
If you receive acupuncture treatment from a qualified acupuncturist, there is very little risk of side effects. Those side effects which do sometimes happen are generally quite mild, and may include:
- Minor bruising or bleeding
- Dull aches
- Minor fatigue
- Emotional release
If you do experience these, they generally clear up after a day or two.
Also remember to speak to your acupuncturist if you’re using a pacemaker, if you’re pregnant, or on blood thinners because that may change your treatment plan.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
If you’ve had a bad experience with needles in the past, acupuncture may be intimidating.
However, the experience is nothing like a hypodermic needle – in fact, acupuncture needles are quite a bit smaller and don’t penetrate anywhere near as deep.
But if you’re particularly sensitive, or you have a small child who might benefit from acupuncture treatment, we have other options.
We can avoid using needles altogether, instead opting for acupressure. This can stimulate the meridian channels without needles.
To find out more about how acupuncture can help you, contact Mahaya Health today.
During your initial appointment, you’ll get a chance to talk with a qualified practitioner about your individual health concerns.
From there, you’ll get recommendations on whether acupuncture or another treatment will be ideal for you.