Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture

Once regarded as a mystical form of Eastern medicine, acupuncture has grown into one of the most popular modalities used in contemporary healthcare. Many types of healthcare providers now integrate acupuncture into clinical practice.
Patients all over the world seek acupuncture treatment in its various forms for a multitude of ailments including but not limited to pain relief, headaches, arthritis, and sports injuries.
Numerous research trials demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture have recently been published in major medical journals.

What is Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture?

Neuro-anatomical acupuncture is the form of acupuncture that is an effective treatment for neuromusculoskeletal conditions (involving bones, muscles, joints, and nerves), based on current concepts of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and pathophysiology.  After a thorough history and physical examination, the anatomical points that are relevant to the diagnosis are selected for needling.

As in traditional acupuncture, neuro-anatomical acupuncture involves insertion of solid needles in combination with manual needle stimulation or electrical stimulation.

What are the benefits of Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is generally considered to have non-specific effects. This means that in addition to addressing acute injuries and symptoms, it can have generalized benefits for the body as a whole. The benefits of acupuncture can include, but are not limited to:
  • pain relief
  • decreased swelling and inflammation
  • muscle relaxation
  • general relaxation
  • a feeling of well-being
  • improved sleep
Research has shown good evidence for the short term effectiveness of acupuncture for many different kinds of pain.

Why choose Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be very effective for treating both acute injuries and chronic conditions. When utilized by a trained healthcare professional, it is very safe.
Although acupuncture may help with many conditions and injuries, it will not cure a serious underlying problem such as lung disease, heart disease, tumors or cancers. Therefore, it is imperative that you continue to consult your medical doctor, and maintain all essential medical treatment if you have a serious medical problem. A neuro-anatomical acupuncture provider will be able to discuss your medical problems, understand the results of medical tests, and understand what medication you are taking and why – so be sure to inform them of this information.

How are Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture providers trained and licensed in Manitoba?

Our chiropractors obtained their certification in Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI), now known as Acupuncture Canada. The program is only open to Physicians, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Dentists, Naturopaths, and Registered Nurses licensed in Canada, who are provided this eligibility due to an existing knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

Acupuncture is not regulated (governed) by all provinces in Canada. It is therefore important that you choose a practitioner who is trained according to World Health Organization standards, and who is fully certified through a recognized and reputable university or college.

Is Acupuncture Covered By Insurance?

Many private insurance plans cover acupuncture done by a chiropractor.  In many cases, our office is able to directly bill your insurance plan for the treatments.  WCB and MPI both cover acupuncture treatments.