Acupuncture
Rosenberg Chiropractic Clinic         4202 dundas west. toronto, on      416.231.2487    

Acupuncture can be a great way to decrease pain and tightness and to generally improve your muscle strength and coordination. Results are often immediate, either of a permanent or temporary nature.

We frequently treat:

  1. Weak muscle that have normal bulk (Inhibited nerves, normal muscle)
  2. Weak and small muscle (Chronic inhibition and damaged nerves, atrophy of muscle)
  3. Tight Muscles (Hyperactive nerves, )
  4. Tissue changes (Neurogenic inflammation)
  5. Poor coordination of movement (Decreased sensation, poor fine tuning by nervous system)
  6. Chronic pain (Sensitization, very small stimulation causes pain, fibromyalgia)

Dr. Paul Rosenberg received his advanced training in neurofunctional acupuncture at McMaster University. Neurofunctional acupuncture, aka contemporary medical acupuncture and western philosophy acupuncture, is an intervention used to treat specific nerve dysfunctions. It is rooted in contemporary neurophysiology, neuroanatomy and pathophysiology, while still honouring the history of traditional chinese acupuncture which has been getting results for 1500 years. Fine, solid, single use needles are inserted as gently as possible into the skin and progressed to an anatomical target. Aims of treatment include local, spinal and brain modulation, either stimulating or inhibiting the nerve action and reflexes. Since the nervous system controls the body, being able to alter the nervous system with a direct input is a great and powerful tool.

Nerves can ‘fire’ or carry messages by transmitting an electrochemical charge from one end of the nerve to the other. The nerve can be altered to make it easier for the nerve to be turned on or to make it harder for the nerve to fire. Making it easier to fire is known and facilitation and potentiation. Inhibition is when it is harder for the nerve to fire. Nerves that are frequently used make more connections with other nerves, increasing the ability to learn what is repeated frequently.

Hyperactive or facilitated/potentiated nerve activity causes pain and trigger points, the tight knots in your muscles. How? When you repeat an action over and over, your nervous system learns that action by rewiring itself and strengthening existing connections. When you feel a sensation over and over, the nerve learns that it is a sensation to be paid attention to and the nerve pathways become stronger. The original cause of pain can be as simple as poor posture or a minor accident. The the pain nerves are facilitated or turned on for too long or too often, the nerves, your spinal cord and your brain learn to favour the carrying of the pain messages. This means that a lighter touch can cause pain. Neurofunctional acupuncture treatments are aimed at turning off this hyperactivity by providing good stimulation which blocks pain signals, decreasing pain and muscular tightness. A light electrical stimulation to activate the muscles their nerves to achieve a reflex relaxation or to directly inhibit nerve action and pain transmission may be used. This helps unlearn nerve hyperactivity causing the pain or tightness.

Inhibited or weak nerves cause muscular weakness and poorly coordinated movement. When you have an injury your nervous system wants to protect you from using your muscles vigorously and chooses to decrease nerve activity, preventing further injury. This inhibition is from using fewer of the nerve fibres that go to the muscles and also by decreasing the number of impulses of the remaining nerve fibres. This is good, it prevents further pain and injury. However, once the injury heals, sometimes the nervous system doesn’t remember to turn the nerves back on and you are left with a reflex neurological weakness. Using neurofunctional acupuncture I can activate the nerves to retrain the nervous system to use the whole nerve and to send more impulses to the muscle for a better contraction.

Neurofunctional acupuncture is a great adjunct to chiropractic adjustments. The adjustments help remove the interference to the nerve signals flowing to and from the body and the acupuncture stimulates the nervous system’s ability to adapt.