Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture

Introduction to Acupuncture

Once regarded as a mystical form of Eastern medicine, acupuncture has grown from its debut in North America more than 30 years ago into one of the most popular modalities utilized in the contemporary health-care marketplace. Originally developed in China, acupuncture has evolved over thousands of years and has formed the cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Many types of health-care providers now utilize acupuncture in clinical practice, including chiropractors, physiotherapists, and medical doctors. A natural corollary of this trend has been a continuing integration of acupuncture into a Western medicine model. Utilizing a blend of ancient methods and modern biomedical concepts, practitioners of many disciplines are regularly incorporating acupuncture treatment not only as a stand-alone therapy, but as an integrated modality in a variety of health-care environments.

Patients all over the world now seek acupuncture treatment in its various forms for a multitude of ailments including pain relief, headaches, arthritis, addiction management, sports injuries and general well-being, to name a few.

Acupuncture’s popularity has been further bolstered by the increasing attention it is being paid in scientific circles. Numerous trials demonstrating its effectiveness have recently been published in major medical journals, with more to come. Other interesting lines of research currently in progress include investigations into the biomechanical effects of acupuncture on connective tissue structure, function, and healing, and its impact on the peripheral and central nervous systems.

What is Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture?

Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture is the biomedical adaptation of Chinese acupuncture methods, and is an effective and simple treatment approach based on current concepts of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and pathophysiology. As in traditional acupuncture, Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture involves insertion of solid needles at relevant points on the body in combination with manual needle stimulation or electrical stimulation. Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture does not involve tongue or pulse diagnosis. Rather, a diagnosis is attained through thorough history taking and physical examination. Based on this process, anatomical points that are relevant to the condition are selected for needling.

What are the benefits of Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is generally considered to have non-specific effects. This means that in addition to addressing acute injuries and symptoms, it can have generalized benefits for the body as a whole. The benefits of acupuncture can include, but are not limited to:

  • pain relief
  • decreased swelling and inflammation
  • muscle relaxation
  • breaking down scar tissue
  • pain modulation and endorphin release
  • changes in autonomic nervous system activity (vasomotor tone, cardiac rhythm, peristalsis etc.)
  • diverse neuroendocrine and immune responses
  • general relaxation
  • a feeling of psychophysical well being
  • improved sleep
  • nausea relief during chemotherapy

The results of controlled studies which have been extensively reviewed show good evidence for the short term effectiveness of acupuncture in many pain states. The long term studies, particularly where the well trained acupuncturist has been given the freedom of (traditional) normal practice profiles, have been encouraging, with success rates far higher than those associated with the placebo response.

Why should I choose Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be very effective for treating both acute injuries and chronic conditions. When utilized by a trained health-care professional, it is very safe. Although acupuncture may help with many conditions and injuries, it will not cure a serious underlying problem, such as lung disease, heart disease, tumors or cancers. Therefore, it is imperative that you continue to consult your medical doctor, and maintain all essential medical treatment if you have a serious medical problem. A neuro-anatomical acupuncture provider will be able to discuss your medical problems, understand the results of medical tests, and understand what medication you are taking and why – so be sure to inform them of this information.

How are Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture providers trained in Canada?

Dr. Gelley obtained his certification in Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI). The curriculum involves small workshop groups and individual case study. The program is only open to Physicians, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Dentists, Naturopaths, Registered Nurses and Acupuncturists licensed in Canada. We are provided this exclusive eligibility due to our existing understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathology. After completing successful written and practical examination we are provided exclusive AFCI Certification (CAFCI).

How is Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture regulated in Canada?

Acupuncture is not regulated by all provinces in Canada. It is therefore important that you choose a practitioner who is trained according to World Health Organization standards, and who is fully certified through a recognized, reputable program based in a university or college.

Is Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture safe?

In the hands of properly trained and certified practitioners, acupuncture is a very safe form of treatment. However, any procedure involving insertion of needles into the body has some potential problems. In addition, there are a few "side effects" potentially produced by acupuncture treatment which can occur in some people. A well-trained practitioner will ask a patient to remain in a relaxed position for 15-30 minutes after the first treatment with acupuncture, to ensure that no adverse reaction will develop.

Some of the side effects you may, or may not, experience:

  • momentary discomfort where the needles are inserted
  • drowsiness and sleepiness
  • localized bruising
  • temporary worsening of your symptoms
  • fainting
  • feeling faint, during or after treatment

Some of the EXTREMELY RARE, but serious risks:

  • damage to an internal organ from insertion of a needle
  • Infection in the area where the needle was inserted
  • Infection spreading throughout the blood system to infect previously damaged heart valves
  • Premature onset of labor, in a late-stage pregnancy


All information is for general information only and should not be treated as a substitute for medical advice from your own Doctor of Chiropractic, Medical Doctor, or other health professional. Gelley Chiropractic is not responsible or liable for injuries which may occur by performing any of the exercises given or diagnosis made by a user based on information within this site. Always consult your Doctor of Chiropractic, Medical Doctor or other health professional if you are in any way concerned about your health.

Clinic Information

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