Contemporary medical acupuncture applies the evidence based concepts of acupuncture to relieve pain, alter movement patterns and improve function. It is a precise nerve stimulation technique in which acupuncture needles are inserted into specific anatomical sites for the therapeutic purpose of modulating pain and dysfunction. Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to put the body’s natural healing mechanisms into action. Benefits of acupuncture include: pain relief, inflammation reduction, improved blood flow, stress reduction, improved nerve function and improved range of motion.It is a very safe and effective method of treatment and most patients feel very minimal to no discomfort as the needles are inserted. Dr. Cook and Dr. Johnston have both completed the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture course at McMaster University. They may use acupuncture as a component of their treatment plans to treat a variety of muscle, joint and nerve problems including: headaches, neck pain, back pain, muscle pain, overuse injuries, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder, nerve pain (numbness and tingling), sciatica and a variety of others.