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Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that is over 3,000 years old. It is the practice of inserting ultra fine needles into specific points of energy located along 14 energy channels, known as meridians, that run within and over the entire body. Each meridian is associated with specific organ systems as well as emotions. The insertion of these needles is generally not painful.

Acupuncture is based on the concept of restoring health by balancing the flow of life force energy called Qi (Chi) throughout the body. Research supports that the benefits of acupuncture include but are not limited to: the reduction of pain, inflammation, muscle tension, and the negative effects of stress.

Acupuncture, as practiced at the Artists’ Health Centre, can be used as both a single modality or in conjunction with other manual therapies.

People with the following conditions can benefit from acupuncture:

  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Acute injuries
  • Muscle strain and tension
  • Headaches
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Nerve pain
  • Pain due to osteoarthritis
  • Asthma
  • Digestive issues