What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an old therapeutic healing discipline from Chinese medicine in which fine, solid needles are inserted at specific points in the body. Electrical stimulation is often added to the treatment.

Medical Acupuncture is acupuncture performed by health-care professionals with training in biomedical sciences (i.e. chiropractor, physician, physiotherapist) who combine this treatment with other therapeutic approaches, as needed.


Dr. Sullivan is a licensed chiropractor who graduated from the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture stimulates your body’s natural healing mechanisms, helping to restore physical and mental balance. Traditional Chinese explanations use the concept of restoring the normal flow of energy, qi, that circulates along special channels, or meridians, throughout the body. Modern research has shown that acupuncture elicits a complex set of responses in the peripheral, central and autonomic nervous systems, including the release of chemicals and hormones involved in pain transmission, behaviour, muscle and visceral (organ) activity

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Good question! In the hands of qualified practitioners, acupuncture is one of the safest therapeutic interventions used. The use of sterile disposable needles has virtually eliminated the risk of infection.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture does not cause any significant discomfort in the majority of patients. The needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin and do not damage the tissues when inserted. For many people, acupuncture is a pleasant experience due to the sense of well-being that usually follows the treatment.