What Do I Use Acupuncture For?

Author: Filip Smialek PT, CSCS | | Categories: electroacupuncture , Manual Medicine , Manual Therapy , Medical Acupuncture , Registered Massage Therapist , RMT , Treatment

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*** This video is a demonstration. This is not an actual client undergoing treatment.

Simply put, I use acupuncture needles for more direct and pointed access to tissues beneath the surface of the skin. An acupuncture needle can be used to disrupt and make change to a specific area. Similar to the use of massage to stimulate blood flow in a specific muscle or tendon, an acupuncture needle can be used to stimulate blood flow to nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joint capsules. Furthermore, electrical stimulus can be added to the needles to create more movement in the area surrounding the needle. When placed near the belly of a muscle or directly in a motor neuron, electrical stimulus can cause an action potential by depolarizing the neuron - this will cause an involuntary contraction in all the muscles innervated by the neuron, or in cases when specific muscle fibres are targeted, depolarization and contraction will happen in those specific muscle fibres.

  Medical Acupuncture and electroacupuncture can be useful to improve nerve function, it can be used to help alleviate chronic pain caused by nerve dysfunction, and it can be used to improve the health muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and joint capsules by causing movement an blood flow in targeted areas of the body.