All About Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the many services that Action Physiotherapy provides. It is a process in which thin needles are inserted into parts of the body called “acupuncture points”. Acupuncture is said to regulate body functions through the natural flow of energy (Wang & Wu, 2014), as well as reduce inflammation and pain. The process of acupuncture allows your body to produce endorphins, which are pain relieving chemicals.
Over the last couple of decades, acupuncture has become increasingly popular in Canada as well as the United States. This healing practice first originated from China, and is considered a part of traditional Chinese medicine and healing methods. With limited access to materials many years ago, those practicing these healing techniques would use stones carved into a thin needle form, as well as materials such as fish bones and bamboo (Chon & Lee, 2013).
The needles that are used for acupuncture are single use disposable needles, that are packaged and sealed to ensure they stay in sterile conditions (Chon & Lee, 2013). Our physiotherapists ensure the area being treated is clean and ready for acupuncture to promote a relaxing experience. The experience of acupuncture varies from person-to-person. Often times when patients receive acupuncture, they experience minimal to no discomfort. A slight pinching sensation may be present as the needle makes contact with your skin; however, the feeling will not linger for long. As the needles are inserted further into the acupuncture point, several sensations may occur, including pressure, heaviness, and warmth at the needle site (Chon & Lee, 2013). Generally, many people find acupuncture relaxing and beneficial.
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Wang, W., & Wu, S. (2014). Treating Pain with Acupuncture. JAMA, 312(13), 1365–1365.
What is a Dietitian?
A dietitian is an expert in human nutrition as well as the regulation of diet. They provide nutritional counseling education and consulting services. A dietitian can participate in menu planning, supervision of food preparation, diet therapy, nutrition counseling and nutrition education. One of the many goals of a dietician is to prevent and treat illnesses as well as promoting a healthy life style, this is done by encouraging healthy eating habits and recommending dietary modifications.
Why see a Dietitian?
Individuals will see a dietitian for a variety of reasons, some being nutrition information, weight loss and/or gain, or something related to an illness. Some may also pay a visit to a dietitian due to general health maintenance, digestive concerns, appetite fluctuations, illness and disease, weight concerns, and to improve physical endurance and athletic performance. Regardless of what the concern may be, the dietician will tailor to your concerns and questions. Their educational expertise can assist in developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Overall, their guidance can help you in feeling your best!
What are some benefits?
A dietitian can help with maintaining your health all around. Their guidance will not only benefit your current state, but will aid to assist you throughout your life. A dietitian will work to prevent illnesses, and conditions that may arise in late adulthood and later life. Their dietary advice will help plan and manage food preparations. Their educational background allows them to build assessments on any individual, and their training permits them to deal with common clinical situations such as diabetes, pregnancy, underweight, obesity.
What should you expect?
Our dietitians are more than happy to be a part of your nutritional journey, they will be attentive and will follow the best possible course of action for you. Consults will follow through with series of questions to understand the concerns and the benefits arise from there. If you decide to book an appointment to see a dietitian, we ask for a food diary to be kept of what was consumed within the last three days before your appointment.
Sims, S. L. (2015). Dietitian. The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health.
A common misconception about athletic therapy is that it is meant for only athletes, however this is not the case. An athletic therapists training and skill levels allow them to treat and assist in rehabilitation services among populations beyond athletes. Athletic Therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions from osteoarthritis to sports-related injuries.
Certified Athletic Therapists are best known for their quick-thinking on-field emergency care of professional and elite athletes. The first to respond when someone gets hurt, they are experts at injury assessment and rehabilitation. It’s that same mix of on-site care and active rehabilitation skills that makes Athletic Therapists so effective in treating the musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, and joints) injuries of all Canadians, whether on the field or in the clinic (Canadian Athletic Therapists Association).
Athletic therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They treat a wide range of patients, from kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescription and even bracing and taping. The treatment varies but the objective doesn’t: An Athletic Therapist's goal is to help clients return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the bathroom and back (Canadian Athletic Therapists Association).
(n.d.). What is Athletic Therapy? Retrieved from https://athletictherapy.org/en/about-athletic-therapy/what-is-athletic-therapy/