Further information on the certification program for this training in Canada can be found at The Acupuncture of Foundation of Canada Institute: www.afcinstitute.com.
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. Unlike IMS (intramuscular stimulation), or dry needling, where needles are inserted directly into the muscle, Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort. “Anatomical” acupuncture refers to a more modern approach taken today by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI). When combined with knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, therapists can use acupuncture effectively to treat a variety of painful disorders, both acute and chronic.
Acupuncture can be used as the only form of therapy or it may be combined successfully with other forms of medical or physical therapy. The number of treatments will vary with each individual and the condition being treated. In some cases, only a few treatments may be required. For complex or longstanding conditions, one or two treatments a week for several weeks may be recommended with less frequent treatment as improvement occurs. A correct diagnosis is important before any decisions are made regarding therapy. Once the diagnosis is established, a qualified practitioner can advise whether acupuncture is appropriate.
At Diane Lee & Associates, acupuncture is used in conjunction with other therapies (manual therapy, movement training, pain education).