By Dr. Kyla Nelson, DC & Acupuncture Provider

Acupuncture is an ancient therapeutic modality that has continued to evolve throughout the past decades. Today many practitioners have begun to practice what is called Western Medical Acupuncture.

Western Medical Acupuncture is defined as:

“a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine”

Eliminate your fears or doubts about acupuncture by reading some of the most commonly asked questions HLHC receives about medical acupuncture!

What does Medical Acupuncture treat?

  • At Holland Landing Health Centre, our chiropractors and physiotherapists predominately use medical acupuncture to treat musculoskeletal pain, such as disc herniations, sciatic pain, headaches, sprain/strains and more!

How do you choose your acupuncture points?

  • Based on your health practitioners’ physical examination findings the acupuncture points are chosen based on the anatomic location of specific muscles and their nerve bundles.

Will Medical Acupuncture hurt?

  • The needles are much thinner then needles you typically see in a medical office (i.e. getting your blood taken), making the procedure relatively pain-free (and surprisingly quite relaxing).

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

  • Medical Acupuncture has a number of benefits including (but not limited to) pain relief, decreased swelling/inflammation, and improved blood flow and nerve conduction!

Western medical acupuncture is a great adjunct to your therapy! If you have any further questions about how medical acupuncture can help you please contact Holland Landing Health Centre at or 905-853-7900.


White, Adrian, and Editorial Board of Acupuncture in Medicine. “Western medical acupuncture: a definition.” Acupuncture in Medicine 27.1 (2009): 33.



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