River Valley Therapeutic Clinic

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96 Regent Street, Fredericton, NB E3B 3W4

Acupuncture

Acupuncture uses thin needles to affect specific points on the body in order to promote healing. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, these acupuncture points are located along channels (or meridians) where energy can be trapped, weak, or overwhelming. Stimulating these points encourages the proper functioning of this energy (or qi), allowing the body to heal effectively. According to Western Medicine, acupuncture points are located at places where the nervous system can be stimulated, triggering the release of hormones and other chemicals to decrease pain, relax the sympathetic nervous system, and heal the body.

Acupuncture is used treat all kinds of neuromuscular dysfunction, from jaw pain to foot pain, chronic issues such as neck or low back pain and overuse/repetitive strain injuries, as well as headaches, fatigue, and anxiety. Acupuncture is a treatment by itself and can be billed as such, though acupuncture needles can also be used as a modality during a massage therapy session. The needles can also be stimulated with an electrical pulse (similar to a tens machine) to enhance the treatment.

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture

Contemporary medical acupuncture is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, in which fine solid needles (acupuncture needles) are inserted into anatomically defined neurofunctional sites, and stimulated manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system and/or the endocrine, exocrine and immune systems, in pain syndromes, functional problems, and any diseases in which these modulatory mechanisms are available. Neuromodulation occurs through neurological and neurohumoral mechanisms at multiple levels, namely: peripheral nerves, spinal cord, brain stem, brain and cerebellum.

Contemporary medical acupuncture is mechanism-based, not disease-based. Therapeutic goals and treatment targets are selected based on the identified neurological dysfunctions contributing to the clinical presentation of the symptoms. Sometimes contemporary medical acupuncture treatments result in transient improvement or disappearance of the symptoms, and other times results in permanent resolution of the dysfunction, especially when dysregulation of the nervous system was the underlying problem.

For more information, please contact us at 506-455-4506.