Acupuncture is a treatment technique which inserts small needles into the skin. The needles are specifically designed to slide through the skin, thereby minimizing bleeding and tissue damage. Frequently a heavy feeling is noted by the individual once the needle has been inserted, this is the desired effect as it is believed this feeling is correlated with the correct placement of the needle into specific acupuncture points. While the lineage of acupuncture is based in ancient Chinese medicine, there are numerous scientific studies that relate acupuncture to various neuronal effects as neurotransmitters and neurohormones are released, causing numerous effects on pain relief - see the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute, linked below for more information: www.afcinstitute.com
As with other methods, acupuncture is used to complement the overall treatment, helping the individual to reduce pain, while a progressive and highly-skilled hands-on approach is used to help restore normalized movement and return the individual to previous activity levels.