Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is the use of acupuncture needles and electrical stimulation to therapeutically change abnormal activity of the nervous system.
The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of:
- Sports related injuries and other movement disorders;
- Musculoskeletal pain problems: neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, joint pain;
- Chronic pain: headaches, sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis and facial pain;
- Digestive disorders: irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhoea and gastritis;
- Menstrual and reproductive problems: dysmenorrhea, perimenopausal symptoms and infertility;
- Urinary tract disorders: prostatitis and bladder dysfunction;
- Respiratory problems: sinusitis, asthma, sore throat and recurrent respiratory tract infections;
- Stress related problems: addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder.
With Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (CMA) ultra-fine needles are inserted into the skin to target and stimulate specific points decided by the chiropractor. In comparison to traditional Chinese acupuncture these points will not always follow the meridian lines. Needles are used to pin-point nerves and muscles that contribute to the symptoms experienced by the patient. The goal of the chiropractor is to identify neurological dysfunctions that are causing discomfort or pain and concentrate treatment in that area. The use of mild electrical frequency is added to the needles to stimulate the affected muscles that have become hypersensitive to pain, thus significantly improving a patient’s function and sense of well-being.