Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (as defined by the MacMaster University program) is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, in which fine solid needles (acupuncture needles) are inserted into the body, and stimulated manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system in pain syndromes and functional problems.
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is mechanism-based, not disease-based. Therapeutic goals and treatment targets are selected based on the identified neurological dysfunctions contributing to the clinical presentation of the symptoms. Sometimes Contemporary Medical Acupuncture treatments result in transient amelioration or disappearance of the symptoms, and other times results in permanent resolution of the dysfunction, especially when dysregulation of the nervous system was the underlying pathophysiological mechanism.
What does Acupuncture do?
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to promote natural healing, reduce/relieve pain and improve function. It is a safe and effective form of treatment for various conditions. The World Health Organization has identified the benefits of acupuncture in treating a wide range of medical problems including:
Neurological and muscular disorders: headache, back and neck pain, nerve pain, frozen shoulder tendonitis, tennis elbow, sciatic, and arthritis.