Dr. Justin Guy

Oakville Chiropractor



Neurofunctional acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny needles into the skin and underlying tissues.  The purpose is to influence the peripheral nerves, by normalizing their activity and function.  This may ease pain, by overriding pain signaling pathways; increase strength, by stimulating a nerve that was conducting a faint signal to a muscle; or alleviate muscle tension, by calming a nerve that was stuck in a state of hyperexcitability.  This modern approach is not based on traditional chinese medicine; though it laid the groundwork for this form of therapy.  Our ability to understand and explain this ancient art, with our current understanding of anatomy and neurophysiology, allows it to be taken to the next level.  Welcome to the future of acupuncture.

Does it hurt?

No.  Extensive training in an advanced painless needling technique, allows for exactly that; near painless needling.  Though it is not uncommon to experience dull sensations of tingling, heaviness, slight achiness, or numbness near the region or pathway being stimulated.  Expect sessions to be calming and relaxing.

How does it work?

Our nervous system is an incredibly vast, complex, yet efficient system.  We all are aware that the physical, psychological and emotional stressors in our lives can manifest themselves in our muscles and tissues, creating tension and rigidity.  These stressors can also overwhelm our peripheral nerves, leading to slight alterations in their ability to properly communicate with the tissues in our bodies.  Acupuncture has the potential to reset these connections and bring our nervous system back to a state of optimal functioning.

What conditions can acupuncture help me with?

Relief with acupuncture can be experienced in many conditions.  A comprehensive assessment will determine whether acupuncture can help.  Here are some common issues for which acupuncture may provide significant relief:

  • Headaches
  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle tension
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Sprains & strains
  • Post-operative pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Are the needles sterilized?

Yes.  Only brand new, single-use, sterile needles are used.

Does it compliment other services?

Often acupuncture is most effective when used in conjunction with other therapies.  Although, each case is unique and treated accordingly.  Acupuncture has the ability to restore function to our nervous system, advanced soft tissue therapy removes scar tissue and repairs damaged muscles, while Chiropractic adjustments release restrictions in our joints and revitalize the health of our joints.  Combining these therapies, which each address specific components to an array of issues, becomes one powerful tool for achieving healthy physical function. 

Is acupuncture covered by OHIP?

Unfortunately it is not.  Although, you may be covered by your extended healthcare benefits.  If you have coverage for Chiropractic, you likely have the same level of coverage for acupuncture.  Call your benefits provider for the details of your policy.