Physiotherapy & Contemporary Acupuncture
- With Therapeutic Edge

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin at specific points on the body. It is used to decrease pain, inflammation, improve function, increase relaxation, and encourage the body’s natural healing process. It is a safe, effective treatment that has been used for over 2000 years. At Therapeutic Edge we use a contemporary or anatomical approach to acupuncture. This method combines the Western medicine (anatomy, physiology, and pathology) with Eastern medicine (traditional Chinese acupuncture) to ensure effective acupuncture that is more scientifically based.

Acupuncture is used to treat both acute and chronic health issues. The World Health Organization has identified acupuncture to be beneficial in treating a wide variety of medical problems including:

  • Neurological
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Reproductive, urinary and menstrual
  • Respiratory

At Therapeutic Edge we use only sterile, single use disposable stainless steel needles. These needles are extremely fine with two or three able to fit inside a regular hollow needle used for injections. Most patients feel only minor discomfort as the needles are inserted and some feel nothing at all. There should be no significant discomfort once the needles are in place.

Acupuncture Instructions for Patients prior to treatment
What to do before an acupuncture treatment:

  • Have a light meal or snack
  • Take no alcohol, barbiturate or tranquilizer 4 hours prior
  • Take pain medication as required
  • Do not smoke tobacco for 1 hour prior
  • Continue any other medication as prescribed by your Doctor
  • Be well rested, if possible

What to do after an acupuncture treatment:

  • Rest for 2 hours after you get home (if possible)
  • If treatment is for a painful condition, avoid strenuous activity for 2 days after treatment even if you are pain free
  • Take pain or other medication as directed by your Doctor; keep a record of the amount taken
  • Do not take any alcohol or caffeine for 2 hours after
  • Do not smoke tobacco for 1 hour after


What to expect from treatment:

Some people obtain relief immediately, some notice improvement after a few hours, some after a few days. Some require several treatments before responding. Some do not respond. Occasionally symptoms become worse before they improve. This usually last only 1-2 days. The number of treatments required varies with each person and condition.

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