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Portland Physiotherapy Health & Wellness Centre offers integrated health services in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.



Acupuncture is not new; as a healing method, in fact it dates back to ancient Chinese medicine.  Despite it’s long history, acupuncture is now common practice in the Western Holistic Health care system. It is used to treat a wide spectrum of ailments.

Our acupuncture service can be sought on its own or as a part of an integrated health program where you’d have access to acupuncture performed by our:
physiotherapistsmassage therapist, Nadera Buffet and chiropractor Dr. Tierney Glenn.

All our physiotherapists are trained to do acupuncture as it pertains to your injury.

Getting started with acupuncture therapy is easy.  We do not require a referral from a doctor (Please check with your insurance company to see if they require this for repayment).

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Dr. Tierney Glenn, Chiropractor at Portland Physiotherapy Health and Wellness Centre, received certification in  Contemporary Medical Acupuncture in May 2015 from McMaster University. This type of acupuncture can also be referred to as Neurofunctional Acupuncture or electroacupuncture.

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture redefines ancient therapy and its mechanisms and effects using the most current scientific knowledge of the human body and it’s processes. It produces many of its effects by stimulating nerve receptors in the skin and muscle. Various substances are released that cause an increase of local blood flow that encourages tissue healing.

In Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, the practitioner treats after a medical/neurofunctional diagnosis has been made. Needles are inserted into various points in the body and left in place for a period of time before removal. At times a small electrical device would be added to one or more needles to aid in the treatment.  Any acupuncture session will be combined with a therapy treatment which may include soft tissue work, joint mobilizations or manipulations, and/or a stretching and strengthening routine. A series of treatments are advised for the best possible results.

Acupuncture helps to reduce pain locally where the needles are inserted and throughout the body, and has a calming effect. It can be very effective for treating a variety of conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Neurological and Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Headaches
  • Neck and back pain
  • Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Pain Management
  • Anxiety and Insomnia