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St. Vital Physiotherapy

Acupuncture / Dry Needling

Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific locations on the body called acupuncture points, and is used at St. Vital Physiotherapy for the treatment of pain and inflammation.

The acupuncture points are usually close to the location of the pain, but occasionally can be quite distant from the painful area. Acupuncture works by stimulating your body to produce more endorphins, which are your body’s natural painkillers, as well as other neurological and physiological processes to help reduce pain and inflammation, and restore movement. An average acupuncture treatment consists of 6-8 needles which remain in their location for 15 minutes.

Electroacupuncture is an enhanced version of traditional acupuncture. In electroacupuncture the needles are connected by alligator clips to a machine that sends electrical currents through the needles. Your Physiotherapist will determine where to place the needles based on your condition and symptoms. During one of these sessions, you may feel a tingling sensation but it is typically not painful. These sessions are meant to enhance healing and your body’s natural nervous system and immune response.

Dry needling or trigger point needling is a more concentrated form of acupuncture that focuses on muscular “knots” or trigger points from a myofascial perspective. Also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS), dry needling involves inserting acupuncture needles directly into the tight area of muscle, and partially removing and inserting them again into a neighbouring area of muscle. Although there can be discomfort with the dry needling treatment, this repetitive, direct needle insertion causes the muscle tension to dissipate, and therefore reduces pain.

At St. Vital Physiotherapy all our practitioners are Physiotherapists, and must complete a physiotherapy assessment before using acupuncture or dry needling as part of a complete treatment plan. If you are interested in determining if acupuncture or dry needling is appropriate for you, please mention this when booking your appointment to ensure your therapist is educated in this area.

Our Team

All of our Physiotherapists have received a University education and are professionally registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba.

They are committed to providing professional evidence-based hands-on treatment, and education and exercises to help reduce your pain and restore your function and mobility. They pursue ongoing post-graduate courses to employ the most current techniques in their practice.

Angela Hazlewood BMR(PT) CAFCI ›

Lisa Poetker BMR(PT), CAFCI, Owner ›

Trista Neustaeter BMR(PT), BSc, CAFCI ›

Evelyn Lightly MCISc, BMR(PT), FCAMPT, CAFCI ›

Justina Nweke MPT, BMR(PT) ›

Contact Us

Call Us for an Appointment

St. Vital Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre, Inc
L01 - 1555 St. Mary's Road
Winnipeg, MB R2M 5L9

(204) 255-0597

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 4 PM

To accommodate the busy lifestyles of our clients, we offer a range of extended appointment hours including early mornings and evenings.