The use of needles has become more commonplace in physiotherapy as its benefits include pain relief, promotion of healing and release of muscle tension.
Medical Acupuncture is the Western approach to Traditional Chinese Medicine. This needling technique utilizes traditional acupuncture points to stimulate the nervous system. Dry Needling is a subset of acupuncture that targets tight muscle bands called motor points in order to release tension, decrease pain and restore mobility.
Only healthcare practitioners with accepted qualifications can perform these techniques. Louise is on the Restricted Activity roster of Physiotherapy Alberta and is authorized to practice acupuncture and dry needling. Louise received certification to perform acupuncture by The Acupuncture Foundation of Canada (now know as Acupuncture Canada) in 2003.