Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has tools for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
Based on the philosophy of balancing Qi (chi) between the Yin and Yang natures of a person, TCM can be used to treat a wide variety of physical, mental and emotional concerns.
Acupuncture is the use of sterile needles to manipulate the Qi or to create a local response in the tissue. Active Health Institute has three different providers who practice acupuncture; Physiotherapist, Naturopath and Chiropractor, who are trainined in either “medical acupuncture”, “traditional chinese medicine” and/or both.
Acupuncture treatments are used in a wide variety of conditions from sports injuries to female hormone issues & fertility to pain management. It is very effective in treating musculoskeletal concerns such as low back pain, sprains & strains and to speed the recovery from injury.
Dry needling is a technique used to treat myofascial pain. This type of pain originates from muscle tissue (myo) and the connective tissue in and around it (fascia). Injury to a muscle and/or repetitive strain can cause trigger points (commonly known as knots), to form, which cause pain and tightness in an area. What makes trigger points unique is that they can refer pain. Referred pain is, pain that originates in one area but is felt in a different area of the body.
The dry needling technique uses acupuncture needles, which are inserted through the skin into the trigger points. The goal of treatment is to release or inactivate the trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion.