Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. Acupuncture is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained when traditional medical therapy has failed. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort. “Anatomical” acupuncture refers to a more modern approach taken today by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) and other western trained acupuncture therapists. When combined with a knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, modern therapists can use acupuncture effectively.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called “endorphins”. These chemicals mimic morphine by attaching to opiate receptor sites found throughout the nervous system. Endorphins help to block pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain, resulting in relief of pain, general relaxation and biochemical restoration of the body’s own internal regulation systems. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation, and promoting physical and emotional well-being.

How Is Acupuncture Used Today?

Acupuncture is very effective in treating a variety of painful disorders, both acute and chronic. Our physiotherapists are trained in treating neurological and muscular disorders such as headaches, neck and back pain, neuralgia, frozen shoulder,tennis elbow, tendonitis, sciatica, and arthritis.

Are There Any Adverse Effects Or Risks To The Treatment?

There is an almost complete absence of adverse effects and complications from the use of acupuncture. Most patients find that the treatments are relaxing and cause minimal discomfort.

For more information go to or call our physio clinic in New Westminster at 604-524-4446 to speak to Nick or Brooke.  All information contained above is taken from the AFCI.