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The physiotherapists at Waterloo Sports Medicine Centre have training and certification in acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI).

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.

Needling into the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of muscular and neurological disorders such as:

  • Low back pain

  • Headaches

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Various tendonopathies

  • Neck pain

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Sciatica

  • Osteoarthritis

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