[PRESENTED BY DR.NEKESSA S. REMY]
Acupuncture is an ancient traditional Chinese medical therapy that has been in practice for thousands of years. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific acupuncture points through penetration of the skin with needles, which aims to correct imbalances in the flow of qi, a concept of energy in traditional Chinese medicine through meridians (i.e., energy channels). When the flow of Qi is blocked or out of balance, illness or pain results. The stimulation of acupuncture points along the meridians releases the blockage of Qi and promotes the smooth natural flow of energy, restoring balance and health to the body's systems.
Here are 6 reasons you should try acupuncture to help you stay healthy.
Acupuncture is not painful
Acupuncture should not be painful when performed by a qualified practitioner. Yes, some patients do report sensations such as tingling, aching, heaviness etc. but many patients become very relaxed and may even fall asleep during treatment. As everyone responds differently to treatment, some patients may feel the relaxation described above, whereas others may feel energized. Your practitioner will ensure that you are comfortable throughout the treatment.
Acupuncture can help with headaches
Research has found that acupuncture can help in the treatment of chronic headaches. This can be beneficial for people suffering from recurring tension type headaches. Acupuncture has been found to both reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches. Instead of popping pills, this could be a non-pharmacological way to treat your next headache.
Acupuncture can Improve Women’s Health
Acupuncture can be used to help women through most stages in life. It can be used to manage painful periods, boost infertility, manage symptoms with pregnancy (nausea, morning sickness), to induce labor if past the due date and it helps manage menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, sleeping disturbances etc.
Acupuncture can assist in the treatment of mental health disorders
Acupuncture has been shown to assist with medical treatment of anxiety and depression. One study reported in the Psychiatric Times found acupuncture to be as effective as medication in treating certain types of depression. Acupuncture was also found to have less side effects than some anti-depressants. It also helps with other symptoms of anxiety and depression including insomnia.
Acupuncture can help quitting smoking
Acupuncture can help ease the craving associated with smoking cessation. It can help to reduce the taste of tobacco as well as reduce the desire to smoke. Acupuncture also helps detox the body which further reduces cravings. However, for acupuncture to work, one must be ready to quit.
Acupuncture can help to reduce pain
Studies have shown that acupuncture can be used to help treat chronic pain. Conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and muscle pain have been managed successfully with a acupuncture. Furthermore, by reducing swelling and inflammation acupuncture can reduce the intensity of pain.
With over 10 years of rehabilitation management experience, Dr. Nekessa S. Remy has developed an approach to injury management that is based on current research and measurable patient outcomes. Her passion for health and rehabilitation lead her to earning an Honors Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario followed by a Doctorate of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Remy also holds a certificate in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University and has had certification in Active Release Techniques (ART ®). Complementing Dr. Remy’s education and training in manual medicine, she also upholds a diverse background within the fitness and health industry. She has held certification as Can Fit Pro personal trainer and has worked in both the athletic training and sports rehabilitation fields.