Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is an effective, simple, and evidence-based treatment technique. It is based on current concepts of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and pathophysiology. Contemporary Medical Acupuncture involves the use of sterile, single-use solid needles with or without electrical stimulation. Our Calgary Chiropractors and Physiotherapist are fully certified in this advanced treatment technique.
Acupuncture affects muscular tone, pain perception, autonomic activity (vasomotor tone, cardiac rhythm, peristalsis), diverse neuroendocrine and immune responses. Acupuncture may also result in general relaxation and a feeling of well being.
IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation)
Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is used to treat muscular injuries and tension, and is a technique favoured by many athletes. IMS involves treating affected areas of the body with fine, solid acupuncture needles without injecting or withdrawing any substance; this is also known as dry needling. The needle sites can be at the center of tight bands of muscle, or near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and hypersensitive. Needling of a normal muscle is typically quite painless; however, when a tight and hypersensitive muscle is needled it will react by ‘grasping’ the needle in what can feel like a cramping sensation. The result is that a stretch receptor in the muscle is stimulated, blood flow is increased, and the muscle and nerve return to a more relaxed and functional state. Our SW Calgary chiropractors and physiotherapist are trained in IMS and use it for a variety of conditions.