Acupuncture is the ancient practice of needle insertion to achieve a therapeutic effect.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the body is regarded as a series of channels or ‘meridians’ in which energy or ‘qi’ (pronounced “chi”) flows through. Disease is recognized as a blockage of this energy flow through one or more channels. By gently inserting needles into specific points or “acu points” along these channels, the flow of ‘qi’ is restored, and the body can be freed from the disease process.

In Western medicine, we attribute the therapeutic benefit of acupuncture to the body’s natural immune response. The 361 acupuncture points and 14 meridians that have been mapped out by TCM, correlate to anatomical trigger points and nerve patterns that are recognized in modern medicine. By placing needles into these strategic locations, acupuncture can increase circulation and endorphin production to provide an analgesic effect and eliminate pain. The gentle provocation of the injured area will also re-stimulate the body’s immune system to initiate an immune response and remove damaged cells from the body. In this manner, acupuncture can speed up the recovery of an acute injury, and redirect attention to chronic injuries and scar tissue that the body has been ignoring.

Benefits of Acupuncture may include:

  • Speed up healing and recovery time
  • Decrease or eliminate pain
  • Boost the immune system
  • Decrease tension associated with pain and/or stress
  • Promote relaxation

Acupuncture can be used to treat the following musculoskeletal conditions:

  • Headaches
  • Low back pain
  • Neck and/or Shoulder pain
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Radicular/nerve pain from 'sciatica' 
  • Hip pain
  • Wrist and Ankle Sprains
  • Plantarfasciitis

Due to its therapeutic effects on the nervous system and immune system, Acupuncture can also provide a benefit to those dealing with the following:

  • Infertility or Sub-fertility
  • Anxiety and/or Depression
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Post-recovery detoxification
  • General Aging
  • Stress

For more information, or to see if acupuncture can work for you, contact our clinic at: 416-365-1016 or email our acupuncture provider, Dr. Lisa Caputo, at Have your questions answered, or book a free consultation!

Acupuncture is covered by many extended health plans. Contact your insurance provider for more information.