Acupuncture is the stimulation of certain points near the surface of the body via the insertion of sterile, thin needles. In Chinese Medicine, it is believed that pathology and disease are caused by disruption to the flow of the body's energy or 'qi'. By stimulating specific acupuncture points the qi is released and redistributed throughout the body via the body's acupuncture channels.

Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain, improve mood or energy, and improve function of the affected area of the body. It is safe and effective and is often used as an alternative to medications.

Acupuncture may allow for the painless relief of one's symptoms without the need for analgesic drugs, improve balance of bodily energy leading to the prevention of illness, or elimination of the presenting problems.

Slight pain or discomfort at the site of needle insertion, infection, minor bleeding or bruising, weakness, numbness, fainting, nausea, and aggravation of problematic systems existing prior to acupuncture treatment. Unusual risks of acupuncture include spontaneous miscarriage, nerve damage, and organ puncture, including lung puncture (pneumothorax).

At O'Neill Sports Therapy, acupuncture is offered as part of an athletic therapy treatment during the patient's recovery but is only used as an adjunct in combination with other rehabilitative techniques.

Contact details: O'Neill Sports Therapy, 1700 Elphinstone St., Regina SK, Cell: 639-571-0844