Medical Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique to help relieve pain and inflammation in order to improve the ability to move. As Acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing process it can also improve sleep, mood and energy levels. Acupuncture originated in China over 3000 years ago and involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific points on the body. There are close to 1000 acupuncture points on the human body. In Traditional Acupuncture, these points are believed to be connected by 12 paired and 8 secondary pathways called Meridians. The meridians conduct energy or qi (pronounced “Chee”) and each point has a different effect on the qi that passes through it. Traditionally, Acupuncture is used to bring balance to the energy flow of the body. As Acupuncture was introduced into Western culture, further investigation was conducted to determine why Acupuncture is affective at pain relief. To date, a vast body of literature exists to support how the needle insertion reduces pain. As the needle is inserted into a specific point on the body it stimulates the associated sensory nerve that communicates with the nervous system to release Endorphins, our body’s natural analagesics (pain killers). This is accompanied by the release of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) that helps to control inflammation in the body. In clinical practice, Acupuncture has a beneficial effect on a high percentage of patients. In a study of 235 patients, all of whom were seen over a seven month period in a practice restricted to Acupuncture, 80% of clients showed distinct improvement in their painful conditions. Through a thorough Physical Assessment, your therapist can determine if Acupuncture is right for you. Most of our practitioners are certified in performing Medical Acupuncture.

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    The City of Vancouver and the Province of BC are now in a state of emergency as a result of COVID-19. Marpole Physiotherapy is now closed from 7 pm March 18th until Sunday, March 29th and will re-open on March 30th at 7 am. This may change but this is what we anticipate. At this moment in time the safety of our staff, patients, and families, and the greater community is our priority and we are following the requests from Health officials. Patients with urgent needs are invited to email or call us as our physiotherapists may be able to help you on a case by case basis. We will also be reaching out to patients shortly with online physiotherapy service options. We want to stay in touch and be a support during the next few weeks as we all self-isolate. We will be available by phone or email and will endeavor to get back to you ASAP if you leave us a message. I want to let each of you know that atthis point in time we have had no reports of any patienst or staff with any COVID19 symptoms, and are closing purely as we feel it is our civic duty to do so. To all our patients: Thank you for your loyal support over the past 25 years and more. We love you and look forward to seeing you soon. Take care of each other, and be well.