Dr. Keith Tse, DC CAFCI
Acupuncture is a very old medical art, and there are many approaches to learning and practicing it. Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Medical acupuncture and Dry Needling methods that I use in my practice are geared primarily towards treating pain and neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.
I received certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University in 2003, followed by Anatomical Acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada in 2005, Dry Needling certification from the American Dry Needling Institute in 2011 and most recently Motor Point Acupuncture certification in 2017.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points can result in various positive changes to the nervous system, endocrine system (hormones), circulatory system (blood flow) or musculoskeletal system. There is a release of chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain which 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.
Conditions Treated with Medical Acupuncture
- Neck and back pain
- Shoulder and rotator cuff injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Golfer’s elbow / Tennis elbow
- Jumper’s knee
- Sciatica and Herniated discs
- Arthritis pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- And more!
Let’s see what we can do for your pain! Schedule an appointment online or call 905.773.5794!