What is Contemporary Medical Acupuncture or Neurofunctional Acupuncture?
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, in which fine needles are inserted into anatomically defined neurofunctional sites, and stimulated manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system, and/or endocrine, exocrine and immune systems, in pain syndromes and functional problems.
How does it work?
The goal of Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is to restore proper function to the nervous system through Neuromodulation. This occurs through neurological and neurohumoral mechanisms at multiple levels (peripheral nerves, spinal cord, brain stem, brain, and cerebellum). The proper function can be achieved by either up-regulating, or down-regulating. For example, symptoms of stress and chronic pain are caused by a hyper-active nervous system, therefore the goal of treatment would be to restore optimal levels of function by dimming the nervous system down (down-regulating). In contrast, findings of muscle inhibition and weakness are signs of a hypo-active nervous system and therefore the goal of treatment would be to turn up the nervous system (up-regulating).
What conditions can Contemporary Medical Acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture can be effective in the treatment of Neurological and muscular disorders, headaches, neck pain, back pain, sports injuries, sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis, and fascial pain among others.
Please note, for patients looking to take advantage of their acupuncture benefits, they must search out someone registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). Tom’s training in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is an additional modality, complementary to his massage and will still be billed as massage therapy.