Medical Acupuncture


Global Physiotherapy – Sherwood Park
Acupuncture Treatment

Physiotherapist Cindy Coneen: 30+ Years Experience
780-467-9098
State of the art physiotherapy equipment
one-to-one medical acupuncture treatment
Unit 148, 2693 Broadmoor Blvd., Sherwood Park
Global Physiotherapy – Contact Form


Medical Acupuncture is the insertion of fine solid needles to achieve a therapeutic effect. Medical acupuncture is taught to health care professionals who already have knowledge and experience with respect to musculoskeletal anatomy, neurophysiology and neuroanatomy. Cindy Coneen’s education was completed at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario over a five-month period in 2006. In Alberta, physiotherapists must have authorization on their practice permit to use dry needles to provide medical acupuncture.

How will I be assessed for Medical Acupuncture treatment?

Firstly, a global physiotherapy assessment will identify the areas of pain and mobility restrictions that are potential causes of the persistent symptoms. Outcome measures such as self-report tools, range of motion, strength and nerve conduction tests are combined with the patient history, visual analog scale (0-10) rating of pain and function and medication use.

What are the treatment goals of Medical Acupuncture?

  • Improve circulation to the local area to promote tissue healing
  • Relieve pain through the release of nerve transmitter chemicals
  • Contribute to an integrated treatment approach to achieve the client’s goals

What is the Simplified Science behind Medical Acupuncture?

Natural pain relief from Endorphins

The needle interacts with the layers of tissue in contact and the area of insertion. The nerves carrying information back to the spine are stimulated and relay information to the front of the spinal cord to influence the “hypothalamic-pituitary” system that releases beta-endorphin into the blood, cerebro-spinal fluid and gray matter of the brain (Kho, Robertson; American Journal of Acupuncture, 1997: 25(4): pp 261-281).

Blockage of Pain Information Transmission to the brain

Another chemical: Met-enkephalin is released from the first effect to prevent the spinal cord cells from receiving the pain information. This is accomplished by neurotransmitters: serotonin and noradrenalin. The treatment result is an increase in the pain threshold for the client. Therefore, it takes more painful stimulus to get a reaction. This is part of the “Gate Theory of Pain Modulation”.

Informed Consent for Medical Acupuncture

Global Physiotherapy has a detailed form highlighting the risks and benefits of medical acupuncture to be discussed with your physiotherapist prior to treatment. You can change your mind at any time and alternative therapies are available such as laser acupuncture.

What can I expect from my first Medical Acupuncture treatment?

Your body position for treatment will be chosen for your comfort and access to the acupuncture points to be needled. The acupuncture needle sites should not be painful once the treatment set up is complete. You will be asked to identify any painful areas so the needle position can be adjusted or changed.

The duration of your first session can vary from five to fifteen minutes depending on your treatment response. It is common to be tired after acupuncture and you may notice some automatic nerve system responses such as increased sweating.

medical acupuncture sherwood park forlow back pain global physiotherapy

What is the benefit of electrical stimulation of the needles?

Electrical stimulation to acupuncture needles may be added after your first sessions to achieve longer lasting pain relief and improved muscle function. This is determined on a case-by-case basis with an analysis of the clinical problems and treatment response to medical acupuncture.

Will my benefits cover medical acupuncture?

As a physiotherapist authorized to use dry needles, acupuncture is covered under physiotherapy benefits. Occasionally your benefits may allow for billing under acupuncture. However, most extended benefit companies distribute their coverage according to the profession of the practitioner and not the specific treatment. You can contact your benefit provider for the specific policy as it relates to your acupuncture coverage.

Why choose medical acupuncture from a physiotherapist?

Cindy Coneen uses medical acupuncture combined with physiotherapy to provide a more comprehensive treatment plan to assist you to achieve your pain relief and mobility goals.


Global Physiotherapy – Sherwood Park
Acupuncture Treatment

Physiotherapist Cindy Coneen: 30+ Years Experience
780-467-9098
State of the art physiotherapy equipment
one-to-one medical acupuncture treatment
Unit 148, 2693 Broadmoor Blvd., Sherwood Park
Global Physiotherapy – Contact Form


  • Based on modern research and clinical anatomy
  • McMaster University Medical Acupuncture program includes anatomy lab sessions to relate the acupuncture points and treatment rationale to the adjacent muscle, joint and nerve tissue
  • McMaster graduates use ear acupuncture and electrical stimulation of needles
  • Cindy uses medical acupuncture to improve nerve, muscle and joint function
  • Medical acupuncture is effective to improve pain in multiple areas of the body