Clinic Location & Hours:

8:00am – 8:00pm (Mon-Sun) By Appointment Only

476 Woodlawn Rd E, Guelph


We beyond excited to be able to offer Neurofunctional Acupuncture to our clients. Here are some quick Q&As about Acupuncture.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique in which fine, single use, sterile, disposable needles are inserted into specific points on the body for the purpose of alleviating pain, relieving pressure on nerves, improving mobility and re-establishing normal function.

What is Electroacupuncture?

Needles are electrically stimulated at various frequencies to increase the therapeutic benefit. A light “tapping” is felt while the current is on.

Why Acupuncture?

Acupuncture modulates your neurological system, almost every dysfunction has some neurological component, without treating the nervous system we may not get to the root of the problem.

What does Acupuncture Feel like?

The insertion of the needle feels like a mosquito bite lasting only a fraction of a second. Once the needle is inserted you may experience an achy, but relaxed feeling

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is generally very safe. Serious side effects are very rare- less than one per 10, 000 treatments

What are the Potential Side Effects?

Drowsiness and fatigue, you are advised not to drive if you experience these side effects.
Nausea or weakness
Minor bleeding or Bruising
Tenderness throughout treatment or following treatment
Aggravation of current symptoms for a short period of time

More serious side effects can include but are not limited to:

Pneumothorax- if there is any difficulty breathing following acupuncture, go to the hospital IMMEDIATELY!
Cardiac Tamponade
Stuck needles

Are there any conditions that MAY make me unsuitable to receive acupuncture?

Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy(DIC-Blood Clots)
Central Nervous System Infection (Meningitis)
Local Infections
Recovering fromstroke
Open/infected skin
Pitting edema
Bleeding disorders/hemophilia
Elevated Risk of Infection
Nickel Allergy

Cupping Massage now offered at Synergy Sport Therapy

Synergy Sport Therapy is beyond excited to share what we have learned!

This past Friday I was out of the clinic participating in a new course for continuing education.
The course I participated in was a Cupping Massage course for manual therapists. It was an excellent course that I believe will bring great benefits to many of my current and future clients.

image13Cupping Massage, or Cupping, is based on the ancient Chinese art called horn therapy because of the use of animal horns to create suction. In modern times, we now use plastic, glass and silicone cups along with suction to affect deeper tissue, remove fascial restrictions and increase range of motion.
Cupping works by creating a vacuum of pressure, drawing up skin and fascia into the cup. This negative pressure causes new blood to rush to the tissues below removing stagnation, and sometimes ecchymosis, or a cupping mark.

A cupping mark is not a bruise and is referred to as ecchymosis. Ecchymosis is not painful, and is thought to be caused by the release of dead static blood, lymph, cellular debris and pathogens. These marks can last up to a week and can range from light red to deeper purple.

Cupping has a wiimage22de range of benefits to its users. As the suction creates a negative pressure and increases new blood flow it can have effects on soft tissues such as fascia, muscles, adhesions and scars as well as joints. It can also have effects on the digestive system, lungs and nervous system.
During the course, we effectively cupped the majority of the body, and I must say I have been feeling great since. I tend to have over active lats and upper fibers of my traps along with very dense and restricted fascial trains. Working on these areas with traditional massage therapy is often tedious and quite painful. I was happy to learn that cupping the length of my lats was not painful, and yielded great results. I had a quick reaction to the cups, and only had to leave them in place for a few minutes. The results were ideal. It left me with greater range of motion, less restriction and a lovely back covered in polk-a-dots. Two-and-a-half days later, I am still feeling the effects and have some mild ecchymosis remaining.

We are very excited to be offering cupping to our clients in Guelph.

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or would like to try it out yourself, contact us.




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