Registered medical acupuncture can be defined as the stimulation of the peripheral nervous system with acupuncture needles, with or without electrical stimulation, to induce reflex neuromodulatory responses (sensory, motor, or autonomic) for the therapeutic purposes of treating pain and dysfunction of the locomotor system, reversible problems of disregulaton or to contribute as an adjunctive support treatment in chronic or irreversible conditions.
The goals of medical acupuncture treatment are to provide clinical improvement measured in functional terms through neuromodulation and the activation of and facilitation of the body’s natural pain control and healing mechanisms.
For anyone in Saskatchewan to become a Registered Medical Acupuncturist they need already be a registered medical professional, such as a M.D., Naturopathic Physician, Physiotherapist, or Registered Massage Therapist and successfully complete one of three University Acupuncture programs in North America that have been approved through the College of Physicians of Canada. Upon completion of the course there are final and comprehensive practical and written exams to complete. If these exams have are mastered application for registration can be applied for through the Provincial Medical Acupuncture Association.
The World Health Organization of the United Nations has compiled a list for which it considers Acupuncture an appropriate treatment. Subsequently Registered Massage Therapy my also help with many of these conditions.
- Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, neck and back pain, sports injuries, sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis and facial pain
- Digestive disorders: irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhea and gastritis
- Menstrual and reproductive problems
- Urinary tract disorders
- Respiratory problems: sinusitis, asthma, recurrent respiratory tract infections
- Stress and psycho-emotional disorders